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Apple Wine Recipe

Hits 198644 | Created 2007-05-15 | Modified 2008-01-04

An old, trusted recipe. However, be sure to make extra care with sterilisation, and be aware that the type of apple dramatically changes the finished flavour.



Ingredients
- 3 1/2 lb Cooking Apples
- 2 1/2 lb Granulated Sugar
- 1 Gallon Cold Water (8 Pints)
- 2 Lemons
- 1 Orange
- 1 tsp Wine Yeast
- Yeast Nutrient
- Pectic Enzyme

Method
- Wash and cut apples - do not peel or core, mice if possible.
- Put into a plastic bucket[1] and pour 1 gallon of cold water over them.
- Cover bucket[2] and leave for a week, but stir well every day with a plastic spoon[3].
- After a week, strain liquid through muslin into another bucket.
- Add 2 1/2 lb of sugar and juice and grated rinds of washed lemons and orange.
- Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the yeast[4], yeast nutrient and pectic enzyme[5]; then cover bucket and leave for 24 hours.
- It will then be ready to strain and put into fermentation jar[6] (squeeze until dry).
- Can be used as a non-alcoholic fruit drink straight away or if left for 4 months will turn into clear wine[7].

Notes
Some points not made clear in the original recipe.

1 All utensils and bucket etc should be sterile. Please see the section on Sterilisation. This is very important.
2 Some muslin, or sterile cloth tied around the top with string should suffice.
3 Yes, it is important.
4 Try and find wine yeast, rather than bakers' yeast - the difference is that bakers yeast can make wine only up to 14% alc, and wine yeast wine between 15% and 18% alc.
5 Follow instructions on packet bought, or, about a teaspoon of each. They are not essential to the process, but certainly help increase fermentation speed and strength of wine.
6 These can be bought in chemists or wine-making or home-brew shops, they hold about a gallon and have a slim top where a fermentation lock can be inserted. If you really can't find one, you can ferment in a bucket that has polythene tied around the top tightly with string - air will find a way out when pressure increases and hopefully not let any air back in. If you use a fermentation jar, ensure that you sterilise the lock - the lock should have water in both chambers, so air bubbles through it as it is pushed out of the bottle - you should top up the lock when it gets low.
7 See section on Racking, also important.




Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Kate Hits | Last Modified 2007-09-03
In your method, surely you mean mince if possible??!
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2007-09-03
Ha ha, yes, sorry about that, using mice would be wrong, very wrong.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Bob Trent Hits | Last Modified 2007-10-07
Do they have to be cooking apples? I have one tree of cookers but a good Cox tree, another that my wife thinks is a Russet, another unidentified eater plus a crabapple tree - can not chuck them all in together?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Bob Trent Hits | Last Modified 2007-10-07
Where is the section on racking, please?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Bob Hits | Last Modified 2007-10-07
Where is the section on racking, please?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Steve Hits | Last Modified 2007-11-04
Hi, this is a very interesting way to make Apple wine! my question is... can I use apple juice that I have steam extracted? if so what other changes must I make to the above method.

Thank you
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Patricia Hits | Last Modified 2008-02-26
Can anyone send me a Free Apple Wine Recipes?
We need something that will not cost us alot of money to make.
We live in Arkansas
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2008-02-26
Try this google search http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22apple+wine%22+recipe
It should help.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by qt mar Hits | Last Modified 2008-03-03
thank you for posting your recipe
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Thabelo Raidimi Hits | Last Modified 2008-03-28
THanks your recipe is good, im doing practicals in food science, u really helped me
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by mic (uk) Hits | Last Modified 2008-10-21
Hi. i followed your recipe close to the letter. But rather than making a gallon we have ended up with nine in two separate plastic fermentation butts. all the measurements you quoted were increased accordingly. The initial fermentation seemed to be going well with the water air lock bubbling about every second. This lasted for about two weeks and then stopped almost over night. The flavor now tastes very bitter and sort of metallic. I think I've mucked it up, HELP
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2008-10-21
Try the advice on this page: http://www.homewinemaking.co.uk/stopped.html
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Mark Hits | Last Modified 2008-11-04
racking can be found here
http://www.ralpharama.co.uk/item.php?itemid=358&page=Racking

found by clicking the link :-)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by dave, UK Hits | Last Modified 2008-11-24
i made this recipe and with ref to the comment 2008-10-21 mine was bitter too and seemed to stop over night but the bitterness went away (8 weeks on) and seems to be getting better, i think the longer you leave it the better it will get. i also have two containers and added extra sugar to one but it doesn't taste as good (at this time) as the the one i left alone. keep the faith !
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Mike Hits | Last Modified 2009-01-20
when fermenting you should not ferment the wine out completely this will make the wine very dry and bitter, although higher in alcohol,try using camden tablets to arrest the prosess.
Good Brewing. Mike
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by joey Hits | Last Modified 2009-01-20
san ba naka2bili ng ingredient nyan...?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Behruz Hits | Last Modified 2009-02-07
What would happen if the utensils are not sterile?
Is it dangerous or just affects the quality of wine?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Behruz Hits | Last Modified 2009-02-07
What would happen if the utensils are not sterile?
Is it dangerous or just affects the quality of wine?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2009-02-08
Bacteria can be introduced that will spoil the taste of the wine (think vinegar!)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Sumedha Mane Hits | Last Modified 2009-02-26
This is a great recipe-works really well, Sumedha Mane
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by RyanG Hits | Last Modified 2009-03-06
followed your recipe and bottled about 3 weeks ago. a beautifully tasting apple wine. Thanks.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by cutie Hits | Last Modified 2009-06-27
wow...its a nice apple wine in the world...
because its very delicious...haha
tnx..of instruction....
hehe
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Anonymous456 Hits | Last Modified 2009-07-03
ugg boot,
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Mike Griffith Hits | Last Modified 2009-09-19
Don't use Campden Tablets to stop fermentation, rather use Potassium Sorbate, which is also known as fermentation stopper or stabilizer. Campden Tablets turn to Sulphur Dioxide when you put them in water or wine, but SO2 evaporates over time. There must be Campden Tablets in the wine when you stop fermentation with Potassium Sorbate though. Apples are high in Malic Acid and malolactic fermentation could happen naturally. If Lactic Acid is present and you don't use Campden Tablets to add some Sulphur Dioxide, when you add Potassium Sorbate, a chemical reaction can occur that will make your wine smell like rotten geraniums due to geraniol.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Chris Bentley Hits | Last Modified 2009-10-10
Decided to give your recipe for making Apple wine a go.

First a little background, I made my first batch of wine last year from a kit for christmas and it was lovely, never tried to do any brewing of any kind before that. This year have been busy so missed most of the great fruit for wines but managed to get a batch for your Blackberry wine recipe on the go(it is still fermenting), I also have 4 other kits on the go and a rhubarb wine that is made from a recipe. So far so good.

The problem I have though is with the must for the apple wine. I am due to strain the must through muslin tomorrow and put it on to ferment, however, when i removed the lid of my must bucket this evening there was a smell of rotten egg. I remembered seeing in your blackberry wine recipe a link for a solution to this. But having read the page it mainly refers to thw ine and not the must.

I have steralised the plastic spoon after washing it every day. The only difference from your notes above is that I was told to put campden tablets into the apple must to kill off the natural yeast that is present in fruit. Being a total novice I followed this advice. Hope this is not the cause of the problem. When I stirred the must last night it was smelling lovely and was really looking forward to getting the yeast in and starting off the fermentation process.

Really hope someone can help before the batch is ruined.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2009-10-12
Hi Chris, sorry to hear about your problem - I'm at a loss as to what to suggest, as I mentioned before, I've never had this problem. I hope you find a solution and would be interested to know what you did / how it turned out.
Ralph
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by MarkP Hits | Last Modified 2009-10-13
to Chris

dont go throwing your wine away just yet!! i sometimes get some funny/unpleasant smells coming off fruit wines while they are fermenting, in fact your problem sounds alot like something similar that happened to me last year when i was making apple cider. The cider was smelling yummy for the first few days of fermentation but then started giving off some really gross aromas :(

but i kept going with it anyway because it took me so long to juice 5 gallons worth of apples and in the end the cider turned out smelling and tasting really nice!!

my advice - keep going with it and see how it turns out!!
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Laurie Ash Hits | Last Modified 2009-12-17
When you say leave for a week and mix every day do i keep it for a week at room temp or 75 in my fermenting boiler room that matains a constent 75/25.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2009-12-21
I've always kept it at room temp, so about 20oC or so, depending on your room. I can't imagine that your 25oC room would be a bad idea though.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by merrykare Hits | Last Modified 2010-01-27
Thanks for very lovely apple wine site:
Silver Bells are ringing: Do you hear what I hear?
[edited by admin to remove link]
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by ron hall Hits | Last Modified 2010-02-10
A VERY FINE WINE
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by dark shoes Hits | Last Modified 2010-03-27
it's so easier way to make wine by apple. just take the water of apple and keep it in the warm place {30-40 c} for 1 month or maybe longer. and then just enough you clean it to make soft water of apples.
it is so on by other fruit juice, and you can make wine with it. whit nothing else!!!!
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by chanel earrings Hits | Last Modified 2010-08-04
it's so easier way to make wine by apple. jchanel earrings
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Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by christopher smith Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-05
are the measurements in US pints and gallons or imperial pints/gallons?

a US gallon is 3.75Lires and a pint is 1/8 of this
or is it a Imperial gallon (rest of the world) at 4.56 litres per galon (1 pint 1/8 of this)

it makes a fair bit of difference....
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by love the apple Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-05
Apple wine is good abd easy to make xxx
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-06
I wasn't aware of the difference Christopher, all measurements are British then: 568ml = 1 pint, 8 x 1 pint = 1 gallon.
Cheers,
Ralph
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by tony Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-10
in your recipe you state that you add the yeast, yeast nutrient etc, and leave for only 24 hrs before straining into fermentation jar.If i strain into fermentation jar will i not remove all the yeast, and stop the fermentation process?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-13
Hi Tony, no, that doesn't seem to happen.
Ralph
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by tony Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-13
so if I stain everything off and just put clear liquid into fermentation jars, and leav then it will turn into wine? without the yeast?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-13
If you strain through muslin, the yeast isn't removed, it continues to ferment.
Ralph
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by stuart Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-23
at what point do i syphon into bottles
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-23
@Stuart - when fermentation has stopped (the airlock no longer has bubbles passing through it) and the wine is clear.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Rick Hits | Last Modified 2010-09-30
I have this wine fermenting right now, I wanted a nice semi sweet country wine, and I think this will fit the bill, after making endless batches of beer I decided with the wife help, (she's not a beer drinker) to get into wine... simple recipe, time will tell how this wine turns out,
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by marc Hits | Last Modified 2010-10-06
This is the best wine I have made.I'm new to this but it was amazing.clear fresh and not to sharp.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2010-10-07
@marc - great to hear it. I have 2 gallons on the go at the moment too :)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by asa kapa may leap yan boy hindi yan mahaha bol kahit faceless void Hits | Last Modified 2010-11-19
gagawa kami ng apple wine ngayon sana punta kayo sa school namin para turuan kami plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........:9
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Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by stuart Hits | Last Modified 2011-01-17
tried the first bottle after 4 months clear as crystal excellent taste VERY alchohlic thank you for the recipe will make again this year with apples from my tree
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Mac Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-17
Can I add chopped up apples and water to the must after I have drawn off the initial water on a weekly basis. ie a continuous must drained every week.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by col Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-21
can i use crab apples for making your wine
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-22
No idea, sorry, never tried or heard of this idea...
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by mike Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-25
I now have a massive bucket of cooking apples from our trees and am really keen to try your recipe. one main thought ocurs: How do you stop the wine from becoming brown in colour - that wouldn't be very appealing?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Jocasta Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-30
Was just wondering if you could make this wine with desert apples. I've got lots of different varieties. I don't mind a sweet wine, am just worried that the desert apples will negatively affect the flavour?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-31
@Jocasta Unsure I'm afraid. I've found that they type of apple really changes the wine dramatically (more than other fruit wines), so it would be an experiment I guess...
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-08-31
@mike The wine doesn't tend to end off brown - it clears to a bright, light colour as it reaches the end of fermentation.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by marcus Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-01
Thanks for posting this recipe am just about to start it off now.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Marcus Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-04
Hi just wanted to know, do u add the Lemon and orange juice instead of adding citric acid? and if not do they add a diff flavour?
Another quick thing, i started the apples in water 4days ago and i'm bit worried as it looks bit manky, colour and smell!
just wanted to check this is what happens plus it is fermenting a bit too, i'm tempted to stick a camden tab in. Many thanks
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-05
@Marcus yes, you shouldn't need additional citric acid as far as I know. I believe the fruit does change the flavour subtly, yes. There should be no nasty/bad smell, though it will look very murky at first. If there is a bad smell, you could try a campden tablet, but that doesn't bode well! Read some of the comments near the top, a few people have posted about funny smells and possible reasons/solutions. Good luck!
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Marcus Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-06
Hi thanks for replying, I did put camden tabs in last night as it was fermenting on its own and didn't want take chance of it having some funky yeast in it, i'v never had probs with camden tabs before, so fingers crossed, but this morning its stopped fermenting and looks more like i thought it would, as to a few comments i read , A few years ago when i made elderberry wine it gave off a very strong eggy smell , and i found in an old wine book that its because its missing certain vitamins so i took the advice and crushed a multivitamin and added it, and it worked! Marcus
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Shashika Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-07
Hi, When to add the pectic enzyme. I've read that it should be added prior to wine yeast. Is it true? :)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-07
@Shashika yes, many people say you should add it before, but I add at same time as yeast and I've never had trouble with my wine being cloudy, so, it won't harm youe wine to add it before if you'd prefer...
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by PM Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-18
Where do you get the pectic enzyme from or the wine making kit from in the UK
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-21
@PM - Check Amazon, or other online shops. Also in any real-life brewing shop.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by kevg Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-21
Hi
i am a first timer to wine making from scratch, having used kits before. I wasn't very scientific when guessing the amount of liquid, prior to adding the sugar and yeast etc. guessing i had about two gallons I added the correct amount of sugar and yeast for that. when transferring to Demi Johns it turns out I had over three gallons !!! I have left these three gallons bubbling away nicely for two weeks, but on checking tonight the wine has turned very dry already, reading 996 on my hydrometer, (starting at 1065) if I am reading it correctly. can I / do I need to add more sugar to keep fermentation going and keep the wine sweeter or just leave it to ferment out and clear.

Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-22
@kevg Hi there, yes, you can add more sugar now, should be fine after just two weeks.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by chris Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-22
Hi Ralph

Mincing the apples is good but if you press out the juice instead of using tap water you get a much more complex tasting final result. Apple presses are not cheap (although there are some good ideas at http://www.howtomakecider.com) but the difference in result is in my opinion well worth the extra effort. However, if you do want to press your apples, beware that a 1 litre press is too small. I bought one and got really frustrated at how long it took. Eventually I moved up to a ten litre and although this is good for wine, for cidermaking even this press feels a bit small.

all the best
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Marie Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-24
Please could somebody tell me if you can just ferment it in the bucket with the lid on? I don't have any muslin.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-27
@chris thanks for the info!
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by feral Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-29
Have made 4 gallon using sweet eating apples from my tree. reduced sugar level and used 8lb, increased rest of ingrediants to scale. wine been in demijohn for 2 1/2 weeks and fermentation is very slow now. the wine is a yellow/orange colour and no way near clear. Is this a problem. should i just leave it to clear before bottling? any suggestions appreciated.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-09-30
@feral 2 and a half weeks is not very long at all. Make sure the demijohn is in a warm place and sit back for another month :)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by feral Hits | Last Modified 2011-10-03
Thanks Ralpharama for your reply. I did as you said and made sure the demijohns were in a warm place. I have left for 2 days now and they havent started fermenting again yet. do i need to add more yeast or sugar or something???
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2011-10-04
Hi @feral, try the advice here http://www.homewinemaking.co.uk/stopped.html see if that helps?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by feral Hits | Last Modified 2011-10-18
thanks for the site. went there and followed advice apart from messed up temp; they recommend carrying out procedure at 25c but mine was 40 at least (yep I thought Doh aswell!) so after all the work entailed doing the refermentation method my demijohns are sat hardly fermenting at all, but now at 25c. Shud I begin again? will the liquid posing as wine go off if left too long without fermenting occurring.

Sorry for all the questions but cant find answers anywhere, plus you always give sound advice :)
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Eddie Hits | Last Modified 2011-11-16
Hi,
I'm new to wine making and have used both you apple and blackberry wine recipies but only after a few weeks fermentation seems to have stopped. I have used heating belts so has this increased the fermentation? What should I do now?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Danny Llama Hits | Last Modified 2011-12-17
Hi Ralph - what do you think the FG should be for this ? Mine has sat in the DJ and has now cleared. The hydrometer is reading around 990, although that was measured in the DJ. Cheers, Dan
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2012-01-09
Hi Dan, not sure of FG to be honest, though that figure sounds about right to me. Sorry for delay in answer.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Judy Hits | Last Modified 2012-01-20
Hi
This is my 3rd time for making the apple wine, first 2 times there hasn't been any problems with the fermenting, the air lock has been working fine, and now for some reason nothing is happening, and it has been a couple of days since the wine was transfered into the fermentation vessels. What have I done wrong, or am I just being impatient. Help!! Judy
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Ralph Hits | Last Modified 2012-01-20
Hi Judy, could be old or badly stored yeast, air could be escaping from somewhere else so not going through the airlock, the wine could be too cold... If it's warm and your airlock is sealed properly, then you could try adding some new, fresh yeast?
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Judy Hits | Last Modified 2012-01-21
Hi Thank you I will try adding the yeast, can't understand, as the yeast is new. How much would you suggest I add? I hope it's not too late, I do hope its not ruined.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Judy Hits | Last Modified 2012-01-22
Thank you1!! At last a result air locks are working, I added more yeast, so hopefully wine will be ok. Thank you for your advise. Judy
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by gladys Hits | Last Modified 2012-08-15
hi ralph
i am graduating students,i need your help..in my subject chemistry we have a research..i choose the topic apple wine,what is the possible title about apple wine..pls. help me because i depend the title on friday,.thanks..i hope yuo can help me.
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by fryreebalinggao@yahoo.com Hits | Last Modified 2012-09-17
do i need to put petric enzyme??
if Yes.. where can I buy it????
Comment Apple Wine Recipe comment by Krissie Hits | Last Modified 2012-09-25
Tonight we are making our first ever batch of apple wine:) I'm following this recipe so hope all goes well will keep u posted unless I need help lol x

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