How to make Cherry wine

How to make Cherry wine

It’s the time of year were there is so many fruits to choose from to make a nice wine from. Either red or white wine there is so much and often hard to know which to make. It’s almost mid August here in the UK and the cherries are turning and getting ready for picking to make into wine, jams or pies. Cherry wine is a lovely red wine and is my second favourite red wine after Blackberry wine. I do love red wine, though I don’t drink much of it as I mainly drink white wine. Red wine seems stronger than white wine and all too often red wine gives me a bad head, maybe I should drink less but needless to say it’s still a lovely wine.

Cherry Wine

You will need:

· 5 gallon bin with a tight lid

· Fermentation jar and air lock

· 7lb’s of Cherries

· 1 gallon of boiling water

To each gallon juice:

· ¼ oz of wine yeast

· 3lb’s of sugar

What to do

1. Wash and place the cherries into the 5 gallon bin.

2. Pour over 1 gallon of boiling water, press to extract the juice.

3. Place lid on and leave to stand for 4 days to infuse

4. After 4 days, strain off liquid and measure.

5. Add the measured liquid and add sugar and the yeast to the fermentation jar, place air lock and leave in a warm place (65 to 75f to ferment.

6. When the bubbling as stopped (normally after 2-3 weeks), the wine should be then stirred.

7. Leave for 3 or 4 days to settle

8. Strain the liquid into a cask, making sure you fill it to the brim (this is important to do so), cork and leave for 5 months to mature

9. After 5 months, pour into bottles, cork and leave in a cool dark place for a further few months at least.

After a few months it should be ready to drink. Hope you enjoy

 Take care and have fun.

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