While cranberries are in season why not enjoy making cranberry wine. If there are no cranberries you can make the wine with cranberry juice.
Cranberries are very nutritious and high in antioxidants so making them into wine is a good way to drink them if you don’t care for eating them. You can use cranberry juice instead of fresh berries but if you do, you should make sure to buy unsweetened cranberry juice because if it is sweetened it probably has corn syrup in it which can ruin the wine.
Other than fresh berries or juice you need some crasins, some real sugar, yeast nutrient and some wine yeast and water. Once it is ready to ferment you will need a vessel and air lock to let it ferment in. 10 weeks later you will bottle the wine and let it age. You could drink your wine after 3 months , but it would be so much better if you left it to age for a year.
So if you make it pretty soon you could actually gift bottles of homemade cranberry wine to friends and family next year for Christmas, well if you don’t drink it all in the meantime. If you have a lot of wine being poured over the holidays save the bottles and you can probably get corks and use them to bottle your cranberry wine.
This cranberry wine making tutorial is shared by Practical Self Reliance.
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