How to Make Plum Wine
You will need the following equipment:
-1 gallon fermentation jug
– Rubber stopper that fits the neck of the jug
– Racking cane
– 1-quart saucepan
– Fine mesh strainer
– 3-foot section of plastic tubing
– 3 lbs of ripe plums
– 3 lbs of sugar
– 1 tsp of acid blend
– 1/8 tsp of tannin
– 1 gallon of water
– 1 package of wine yeast
1. Wash and destem the plums.
2. Place the plums in the fermentation jug.
3. In the saucepan, heat 1 quart of water and dissolve the sugar in it. Add the acid blend and tannin and stir until dissolved. Pour this sugar water over the plums in the jug.
4. Top off the jug with more water until it reaches the neck. Add the yeast.
5. Place the rubber stopper in the neck of the jug and attach the airlock.
6. Store the jug in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, swirling it around gently every day.
7. After 3 weeks, rack the wine into a clean fermentation jug, being careful to leave the sediment behind. Attach a new airlock.
8. Allow the wine to age for 6 months to 1 year.
9. Rack the wine again and bottle it.
How does one make plum wine?
Assuming you would like a recipe for plum wine:
1 gallon of water
8-10lbs of ripe plums
4lbs of sugar
1 packet of wine yeast
1. Thoroughly wash and destem the plums.
2. In a large pot, boiling the water and plums together until the fruit is soft.
3. Strain the mixture and pour it back into the pot.
4. Add the sugar and yeast packet to the liquid.
5. Pour the mixture into a clean, food-safe container with a lid.
6. Wait 10-14 days for the wine to ferment.
7. Once fermentation is complete, bottle the plum wine and cork it.Enjoy!
How to make plum wine without adding sugar
You can make plum wine without adding sugar, but it will be less sweet and less enjoyable to drink. The fermentation process will convert some of the natural sugars in the plums into alcohol, making the wine slightly sweeter. You can also add water to the wine to make it less sweet. If you add sugar, it will speed up the fermentation process and make the wine more alcoholic. The longer you ferment the wine, the less sweet it will be. You can also add glucoamylase enzymes to the wine to convert complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, which will make the wine sweeter.
How long does it take to make plum wine?
Assuming you would like a detailed step-by-step guide on how to make plum wine:
The first step is to sanitize all of your equipment. This includes your primary fermenter, your carboy, your airlock, your siphon, yourFunnel, your hydrometer, and anything else that will come into contact with your wine. You can do this by soaking everything in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water.
Next, wash your plums. You can do this by putting them in a colander and spraying them off with cold water. Be sure to get rid of any leaves, stems, or debris.
Once your plums are clean, it’s time to chop them up. You want to cut them into small pieces, about the size of a grape. You don’t want to cut them too small or they will turn to mush when you ferment them.
After your plums are chopped, it’s time to add them to your primary fermenter. You want to fill the fermenter up to about 3/4 full.
Now it’s time to add sugar. For every gallon (about 9-10lbs) of plums, you’ll want to add 3lbs of sugar. So, if you have a 5 gallon primary fermenter, you’ll want to add 15lbs of sugar.
Once the sugar is added, it’s time to add water. You want to add enough water to fill the fermenter up to the neck. Be sure to leave about 2 inches of headspace so that the must doesn’t spill over when it ferments.
Now it’s time to add yeast. You can use any type of wine yeast, but we recommend using a yeast that is suited for high sugar content musts. We recommend using Lalvin EC1118.
Once the yeast is added, put the lid on the fermenter and give it a good shake. This will help to distribute the yeast.
Now it’s time to let the must ferment. Depending on the temperature, fermentation can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month.
After fermentation is complete, it’s time to rack the wine. This means siphoning the wine off of the sediment that has settled at the bottom of the fermenter.
After racking, the wine will need to age. This can be done in any type of container, but we recommend using a glass carboy. Aging can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
After the wine has aged, it’s time to bottle it. Be sure to sanitize all of your equipment before bottling.
That’s it! You’ve now made your very own plum wine!
What are some tips for making plum wine?
Winemaking is a complex and ancient art, and there are many ways to make plum wine. Here are some tips to get you started on making your own delicious plum wine:
1. Select ripe, healthy plums for your wine. Damaged or overripe plums will not make good wine.
2. Wash the plums thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.
3. Crush the plums to release their juices. This can be done by hand or with a food processor.
4. Add the crushed plums and their juice to a fermentation vessel.
5. Add water to the fermentation vessel until the plums are fully submerged.
6. Add yeast to the mixture and stir gently to incorporate.
7. Cover the fermentation vessel with a cloth or lid and set in a warm, dark place.
8. Allow the plum wine to ferment for 2-3 weeks, checking on it periodically.
9. After 2-3 weeks, the plum wine is ready to be bottled. Strain the wine to remove any solid pieces of fruit, then pour into clean bottles and seal.
10. The plum wine can be consumed immediately, or it can be cellared for later enjoyment.
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