Thanks Angel1. I look forward to hearing from you with your dad's recipe. I'm experimenting with making crabapple wine now, but will have to wait for 12 months (according to one of the recipes) to see if it's any good. I'll taste it after 2 months or so and if it's looking good I'll post the recipe I used. This is a first for me. I just couldn't let all the crabapples go to waste.
I've been looking for my book of wine recipes ever since someone else posted looking for a wine recipe. I found all my old brewing books, but not the winemaking ones.
There's a great little book out called "Let's Make Country Wines" I don't recall the author, but it's a very simple down to basics book. It tells you what you need to know without getting too technical.
I made a batch of blueberry wine using the recipe from that book and it was pretty good but needed to age. Unfortunately, I lost the wine in the divorce, so I have no idea if it was ok or a huge success.
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I asked this spring if anyone had a recipe for hard cider. My family has an apple cider festival every year at our house. We make a lot of cider with a press that is OLD! It is fun. My problem is our cider usually goes bad before we drink it all, so I thought I would just go with it. My brother thinks adding champagne yeast to it would do the trick. Anyone know?
Jason ps Sorry for adding a question on to yours vorahcus. I was hoping sice we were on the topic you wouldn't mind.
I don't mind at all. I might also like to try apple cider. I went to Google search and typed in crabapple wine. I got a few recipes and combined a little from each. I've got the wine brewing now but it will be some time before I'll taste it. You can do the same with apple cider. The reason I posted this message is because I'm looking for a tried and true method. It may take a while, but when I taste my wine and it tastes good I'll post the recipe I used.
There is something you can add to your cider to make it last longer. I think it's potassium metabisulphite. 1/4 teaspoon for 5 gallons. I am supposed to rack my wine every thirty days for 3 months adding the 1/4 teaspoon every second time. I'm not familiar with apple cider.
I think the champagne yeast was because I liked the idea of having carbonation. I just thought about that. If I didn't care about carbonation beer yeast would be fine. I believe that is what I was told anyway.