posted on Nov, 11 2016 @ 11:34 AM
a reply to: Jimjolnir
Whoa Jim lad, you don't need to get a hydrometer. You only need one of those if you want to know the exact alcohol content.
Let me tell you. For a first go all you need is a bowl that holds a gallon, a demi-john that holds just over a gallon and a bung with an airlock. just
make a gallon for a start. A nice easy recipe is parsnip. Get 3 lb of parsnips, 1lb of sugar, a handful of raisins and a sachet of dried yeast. Only
use half the sachet.
If you haven't got a gallon pan do it in two goes, just split the parsnips, raisins and sugar into two parts. Put the parsnips and raisins into a pan
of cold water, boil them for 10 minutes and take off the heat and let it cool down a bit then strain the liquid into your bowl. Now dissolve the water
into the liquid. At this stage get a mug of tepid water (just finger warm) add a spoonful of sugar and stir in the yeast. Set that aside as it takes a
while to start to brew.
Let your wine mixture cool to finger warmth, by this time your yeast will have a brown scum on the top (this is the yeast working) now stir in the
yeast mixture into your wine mixture then transfer the mixture into the demi-john with the airlock in. Then just put it into a warm place to work.
When the yeast is working (turning the sugar into alcohol) you will see bubbles coming out of the airlock. Leave it alone. After a few days there will
be no more bubbles appearing, that means the yeast has turned all the sugar into alcohol. Some people transfer it then but it's much easier to leave
it in the demi-john. You must leave it till it clears, this can take weeks or a couple of months.
When it's cleared syphon it off into bottles. Nows the time to taste it for strength. As I said you do not need a hydrometer as you are making the
wine for yourself and you make it as strong as you want. You can drink it straight away but it mellows the longer you leave it.
Just experiment, use whatever ingredients you want, use more sugar if you want a stronger brew. You don't need all the fancy ingredients like pectin
etc. and you'll soon get the hang of making a nice drink. Yes, you'll make mistakes but so what as long as you enjoy yourself.