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An Easy and Tasty Homemade Banana Wine in 10 Days: A Healthy Wine For This Festive Season

Updated on December 22, 2019
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Cooking has always been my passion. I prefer simple recipes with easily available ingredients.

Banana Wine: A Must Try at Home

Christmas season always has good memories because of the mindblowing aroma of baking, the variety of super tasty cakes, be it rich plum cakes or cream cakes, and last but not the least, the delicious grape wine.

Just for a change from the usual practice, I thought of making wine from bananas ( another major reason for this decision being the easy availability of bananas, especially in Kerala). I know it is a bit late to make wine now, but I just wanted to make sure that everything turned out well, and yes it did. I hope most of you might prefer grape wine for Christmas, so why not try this banana wine for New Year?

I'm sharing the recipe of a wine made of very few ingredients, and very little time, compared to the normal winemaking process, but the taste of which is simply superb.


Homemade Banana Wine

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

— Galileo Galilei

Ingredients

  • 10 - 12 bananas, ripe
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 liter water, cooled to room temperature after boiled
  • 1 kilogram sugar

For the caramel syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. To make wine, we usually use a large airtight ceramic pot. These are called "Bharani" in Kerala. Make sure that the pot used is free of moisture and is big enough so that the mixture we pour occupies only three-fourths of it.
  2. Boil the water and cool it, so that it is in room temperature while we start wine preparation.
  3. Cut ripe bananas into small round pieces. I've used Palayamkodan( a variety of banana available in Kerala), but any ripe banana can be used. The more ripe and sweet the bananas, the more delicious your wine. Also, make sure the knife and the cutting board used is free of moisture.
  4. Keep one cup of sugar aside from the total amount of sugar to be used at the final step. Now, from the remaining sugar, add half to the ceramic pot and then add half the pieces of bananas. Repeat the same process once again.
  5. Add one teaspoon of instant yeast to the pot. To this, add one liter of water. As mentioned in the description, make sure that the water is brought back to room temperature after boiling before it can be added to the pot.
  6. Now mix this thoroughly with a dry wooden spatula. Now close the pot such that it is airtight. You may opt for your method to do this. I've placed a cloth and then put the lid on top of it so that it is completely locked.
  7. Keep the pot in a cool and dark place and stir the mixture every other day for about five minutes. You may also smash the slices if necessary.
  8. After ten days, filter the wine using a cloth or sieve, and you may repeat the process to make it completely free of sediments.
  9. Caramelize one cup of sugar kept aside at the beginning by keeping it in low flame until golden brown. To this, add one cup of hot water and stir vigorously. It may create small noises. Now allow the caramel syrup to cool and add this to the filtered wine.
  10. Keep your banana wine in dry glass bottles. The more time you keep it, the tastier it would be. I hope you enjoy the wine. Happy New Year!

Different Stages of Preparation of Banana Wine

Ripe bananas (Palayamkodan variety)
Ripe bananas (Palayamkodan variety)
Round slices of bananas
Round slices of bananas
Ceramic pot (Bharani)
Ceramic pot (Bharani)
Wine mixture kept ready
Wine mixture kept ready
Ceramic pot kept airtight for storage in a cool and dark place
Ceramic pot kept airtight for storage in a cool and dark place
Wine mixture after ten days
Wine mixture after ten days
Filtered wine in its natural color
Filtered wine in its natural color
Caramelizing sugar
Caramelizing sugar
Reaction when hot water is poured into the caramelizing sugar
Reaction when hot water is poured into the caramelizing sugar
Banana wine after adding caramel syrup
Banana wine after adding caramel syrup
Homemade banana wine ready to drink
Homemade banana wine ready to drink

© 2019 Heera

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    • Heera Harindran profile imageAUTHOR

      Heera 

      2 months ago from India

      Thank you, Prantika Samanta.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      2 months ago from Kolkata, India

      This sounds interesting as I have never thought of trying with bananas. I find it innovative and love the idea. I think I should give a try.

    • Heera Harindran profile imageAUTHOR

      Heera 

      3 months ago from India

      Thank you Neena Daniels. Give it a try, you'll definitely love it.

    • Heera Harindran profile imageAUTHOR

      Heera 

      3 months ago from India

      Thanks a lot Linda Crampton.

    • Heera Harindran profile imageAUTHOR

      Heera 

      3 months ago from India

      Thank you so much Michael Collins. I used instant yeast available in the local Indian markets. The caramelized sugar is just to add more color and sweetness to the wine. Normally we have 0.5g of ABV for every 100g of bananas. I hope you try it soon.

    • Neena Daniels profile image

      Neena Daniels 

      3 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I can't wait to try this!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting recipe. I've never thought of making wine from bananas. I like the idea very much!

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 

      3 months ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      This sounds great. Here in Ohio (USA), we only get one kind of banana, but I will try this using a bucket I have for winemaking. I have a few questions.

      What kind of yeast did you use? I have white wine and champagne yeast.

      Will the added caramelized sugar restart the fermentation?

      What kind of ABV do you get from the bananas?

      Thank you for the recipe, and I hope to do this one soon.

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