You can make excellent wine from fresh apples. We recommend using a more tart apple such as a Northern Spy or McIntosh. Apple wines are sometimes similar to dry grape wines. Tastes like you have just bitten into a fresh and cool, juicy apple that was picked straight from the tree. Our homemade apple wine recipe is perfect for fall or you can enjoy it any time of year. You will get the kick of acidity but not overly tart flavors with a nice crisp finish. Pair it with a pear, blue cheese, arugula, and balsamic salad. Get the nice aroma and good fruit flavors of this homemade apple wine recipe.
Homemade Apple Wine Recipe
Ingredients for 5 gallons of homemade apple wine:
- 30 pounds (13.6 kg) fresh tart apples (McIntosh, for example)
- 11 pounds (5 kg) sugar (or brown sugar)
- 5 teaspoons (25.5 g) acid blend
- 1¼ teaspoons (5.6 g) yeast nutrient
- 10 drops (0.5 mL) pectic enzyme liquid
- Water enough to make 5 gallons (19 L)
- 1 package (5 g) Wyeast yeast
- 5 Campden tablets or ½ teaspoon (3.1 g) potassium metabisulfite powder
Homemade Apple Wine Steps:
- Sanitize all equipment.
- Wash and cut up the apples into small pieces.
- Put the apples, sugar, acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, and enough water to make 5 gallons (19 L) into the fermentation container and stir well. Make sure the sugar is dissolved.
- When the juice is about 70°F (21°C), sprinkle the yeast into the container and stir well to mix.
- Cover the container and allow the juice to ferment. It will take a week or so to complete. The cap (the pulp and skins) will rise to the top, so twice each day you have to push it down with a sanitized spoon. When the specific gravity reaches 1.040 or lower, it’s ready to be racked into another
- Press out the fruit and siphon into a sanitized 5-gallon (19 L) glass carboy in which 2½ crushed Campden tablets or ¼ teaspoon (1.6 g) potassium metabisulfite powder has already been deposited.
- Rack again in a month, using the same procedure as outlined in step 6.
- Rack again in 3 months, taste, and make adjustments.
- When the wine is clear and adjusted, bottle and let sit for 6 months before tasting.
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