It is not an absolute necessity that wine should be made from grapes in order to become the fermented and tasty brews that they are. A number of things that can also be sought out in order to make wine include berries, herbs, spices and some fruits and even vegetables. Before people start to look for these different things which can be used to make wine, you should think of the yeast that is going to be used in the process. The most preferable kind of yeast is usually wine yeast as opposed to bread yeast. A number of people and most especially those who are into winemaking, tend to think that all kinds of yeast are the same thing but they aren’t. Bread yeast only gives rise to a wine that has an alcohol level of at least fourteen percent and it will result in a cloudy wine as well. Wine yeast tends to result in wine with a higher alcohol level of seventeen percent and it leaves its sediments at the bottom of the wine which make it easy to clear out the cloudiness. Wine yeast tends to be sold in packages which are specifically measured out to be used in the winemaking process.
With this important consideration in the making of wine clarified, all you have to do is to choose whatever you want to make your wine with. If you have berries, an elderberry wine can be made or the wine can be made from other berries such as blackberries, strawberries, blueberries or any other berry which you find interesting. Another thing that you will need to do is to pour boiling water over the berries and allow them to remain for at least a period of twenty four hours. Berries must also be strained through something which allows the juice to get past everything. After all you don’t want impurities such as the skin, pits or stems getting into your wine. As soon as you have measured how much juice that you ended with, you should then add about three pounds of sugar per gallon of juice and boil for at least an hour on low heat. You should allow it to then cool down but only to a warm level. From then on it should be placed in a fermenting container and allowed to remain for at least two weeks. In order to contribute to the fermenting process you can also add spices or brandy in it before it is covered up. After this your wine should be allowed to age for a period of at least six months.
A quick herb wine is possible to make quite easily from the following recipe. All you have to do is select the particular herb that you want to use, some of the common choices include: lavender, cloves, lemon and sage. After this is done you should get a wine which is either one that you have made yourself or bought elsewhere, but it should be a wine which accents the herb well. After the herb has been chopped up properly, it should be left in large pieces and put it together with a pint of wine and left for a period of two weeks. After this period has been completed, the herb should be strained out from the wine and wine should be put into bottles, this will result in home made herb wine.