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  How to Make Cherry Wine - 10


  Cherry wine. This is my first attempt at making cherry wine. I could have bought some cherries and made some but as I have two cherry trees in my garden that seems to go against the principle of self reliant living. So yes, first cherry brandy, and now cherry wine. You guessed it. Early June is when the cherries on my tree become ripe and they have to be harvested quite quickly before the birds get them all.

This is how I made my Cherry wine. I have read other recipes, and instrucions, bleach this, boil that, add this chemical, add that, the only thing that I have added to this which I couldn't grow or make myself is the wine yeast. (You can use bread yeast, I have done so with parsnip wine and it works just fine just takes a little longer to ferment). This is how I did it.

10 Litres Cherry Wine
  1. 3 Kg of Cherries - I have used dessert ones, but moreno or any other kind works just as well
  2. 2 Kg of Sugar - (I used 1Kg of my Honey instead) Unless you have your own bees sugar will be a lot cheaper!
  3. Some dried raisins to add some tanin, I believ you can use black tea also (untested)
  4. Water

  1. Put the sugar (honey) in your water and heat gently until completely disolved.
  2. I then put my cherries in (pips and all) and heat gently, I left mine to stew over night. In the morning the mixture looked like this:

    Cherries in a pan

  3. pass this mixture through a sieve ensuring you squeeze as much juice out of the cherries as you can, and decant into your fermentation container. I use old water bottles that I get from my local shop.

    My Cherry wine

  4. Add your yeast (I start mine in a cup full of the cherry juice so that I know if it is working before I add it.
  5. Await fermentation, it should start bubbling in your air lock within 12 hours.
  6. Fermentation varies considerably from 14 days to a couple of months. When it has stopped producing bubbles, it should be ready to bottle.
  7. With country wines I have made in the past, I do find that they are much nicer if you can leave them for a minimum of a year if not two, this is obviously much easier said than done.

If you have a different recipe or can improve on mine, without too much health and safety advice I would to hear from you. TGL@thegudlife.com


Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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