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How to make Blackberry wine
How to make Blackberry wine
I posted the other day How to make Pea pod wine and in there I did mention blackberries. I was in my local Tesco supermarket today and indeed they still have blackberries on sale. Maybe they are from Spain or somewhere still nice and warm. In the UK blackberries can be picked from mid July onwards.
Blackberry wine is a favourite of mine and I can remember going back to when I was in my teens helping my father pick blackberries to make blackberry wine with. As I’m writing I’ve got a glass of blackberry wine which I made 2 years ago now 2008, I did start a batch of blackberry wine last year in August and is still maturing. It won’t be ready for drinking until August of this year. It does take time to make wine a good wine is never rushed. Just don’t be put off with the length of time it takes to make wine. It’s rather rewarding to taste the wine that you have made.
I do like red wine, but I can’t drink too much of it because it gives me a terrible headache the following day. If you were to buy blackberries for the supermarket it would cost a bit since they are not cheap. You could wait for them being ready for picking and spend a few lovely days picking your own at no real cost to you only your time.
Blackberry wine like with all wines is simple, most of the wines are very similar to make. It’s the matter of just the changing in the main ingredients like grapes to oranges to blackberries. Then there’s the different amount of sugars you will need to use and if you need to use a lemon or 2.
A good local wine making shop will sell all you need to make wine. If there not one near you could try the internet for the products you will need.
What you will need to make wine
Fermentation jar and air lock
5 gallon brewing bucket with a tight lid
A good general purpose cleaner and steriliser
Demi-john with air lock
What you will need to make Blackberry wine
You will need
6lb’s of Blackberries
¼ oz of wine yeast
2½ lb of sugar
7 pints of boiling water
How to make
Wash the pick blackberries
Put them into a 5 gallon brewing bucket pour 6 pints of boiling water over them
Press hard to extract juice.
Leave for 4 days to infuse
Clean and sterilise the demi-john and bottles later on when you put your wine into them
Measure the liquid and add sugar and yeast to thedemi-john
, place air lock and leave in a warm place (65 to 75 Fahrenheit to ferment.
When the bubbling as stopped, the wine should then be stirred.
Leave for 3 or 4 days to settle
Strain the liquid into a clean and sterilisedemi-john
using a thick muslin cloth or something similar, making sure you fill it to the brim, cork and leave for 5 months
Pour into clean and sterilised bottles, cork and leave in a cool dark place. Leave to stand for at least a few more months before you drink it.
It should be ready to drink. Blackberry wine is a rich red wine so get out the wine glasses and enjoy.
Take care and all the best with the wine making
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