Make wine at home
It’s the season of grapes here and what better way to enjoy grapes than make wine out of it. The traditional wine preparation method takes months and extensive processes throughout. The recipe I tried takes just 3 days of preparation and the wine gets stronger with each passing day.
Black/pink seedless grapes – 1kg
Sugar – ½ to ¾ kg
Clove – 4
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Cardamom – 3 pods
Water – 1 litre
Yeast – 1 tsp
How to prepare the grapes
Soak the grapes in water overnight with a tspn of vinegar.
Wash it well and strain.
Boil about 1.25 litres of water and keep it closed until it reaches room temperature.
In a pressure cooker, add the grapes, water, sugar and spices.
NOTE : If grapes I sweet you can reduce sugar to half kg or less as per taste
Do not put the weight on the cooker. Keep in medium flame until it steams. Turn off heat. Open it only after 24 hours.
Next day same time, open the lid and add 1 tsp yeast. Stir it once and close and keep for another 24 hours.
Open it next day and strain it in a big sieve or muslin cloth. Mash the grapes with spoon or hand and make sure the pulp passes through the sieve.
Strain it again in a muslin cloth and pour the wine in a well dried glass or ceramic jar with tight lid. Keep it in a cool dark place.
The wine will not be very strong at this point. So it is suitable for kids and people who likes the sweetness. The more days you keep it, the stronger it gets.
NOTE: Don’t shake it before you open.
You will get around 2 litres of wine with this measurement. I added cane sugar instead of regular sugar.