There are a plethora of reasons why one would opt to make blueberry wine, both commercially or personally.
Blueberry wine is one of the least complex types of wine to make and produce. This is one of the few recipes that we urge almost everyone to make (having access to blueberry is quintessential, obviously). Another reason that amalgamates with the above clause is that it is absolutely inexpensive to make, assuming you stay in the right geographical areas. Once you hit the jackpot with one batch of blueberry wine, there is no looking back. Looking to make a more traditional wine with grapes at home? Check out “How To Make Wine At Home“.
To make the best blueberry wine, you will require not many ingredients. The following compositions are required, keeping in mind that you intend to make around 4-5 liters of wine, with a 12-13% alcohol by volume content.
- 1.4-1.5kg Blueberries fresh or frozen (clean and prepared)
- 1-1.2kg Sugar
- 4.2-4.5 liters Water
- 2 tsp Citric Acid
- 1/8 tsp Tannin
- 1 tsp Yeast Nutrient
- 1/2 tsp Pectic Enzyme
- 1 Campden Tablet
- 1 Sachet Wine Yeast
Take a look at “How Long Does it Take to Make Wine?” for a glance at the whole process of making a bottle of wine.
How to Make a Blueberry Wine?
Now that we have initiated you to the ingredients to this magic potion, it is time for us to let you into the world of winemaking with perfection!
There are a few essential steps, and they follow a particular order.
- Sanitize- No experiment is valid without its inception with sanitizing, and we believe that blueberry winemaking is as much an art as it is a science experiment!
- Dissolve to Resolve- It is important to ensure that the entire sugar content is dissolved in the water. This is a fairly time-consuming step, for it would take a great deal of time (not to mention, patience) to achieve desired results. An additional tip that we would like to put forth is to boil the water whilst dissolving the entirety of the sucrose. Make sure to turn off the heat once all the sugar is dissolved!
Quality You Want
- Hulk Mash- While you are boiling the sugar, you can simultaneously use a potato masher to squash the blueberries (after putting them in a straining bag) and break them to release their juices. However, do not puree the blueberries, otherwise, complexities in taste may arise!
- Mix & Match- Divide the sugar-water mixture into two batches; pour the first batch hot into the blueberry mix and stir well. The second batch can be let to cool and then used for further mixing.
Enjoying the process of winemaking so far? Check out “How to Make Peach Wine” for a guide on making peach wine.
The Exact Flavors
- 12 hours- Now mix the tannin, citric acid, and the wine nutrient thoroughly, and add it to the blueberry mixture you just perfectly made. Crush the Campden tablet and add to the mix after 12 hours of cooling the mixture!
- Enzyme Kinetics- After 12 hours of stay, add a pectic enzyme, let the mixture stay for 24 hours. This is when the process of fermentation begins. Fermentation is fundamental in letting the flavors come out as tactfully planned. This helps to extract the exact flavors of the blueberry, and hence, make your desirable drink even more so!
- Temperature Troubles- As is the case with most wines, temperature modulation becomes an important thing, especially if you live in a place that does not allow you to so, naturally. As for blueberry wine, the optimum temperature for its valid fermentation is around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (Or 21-25 degrees Celsius).
Regular Stirring is Important, Folks!
- Specific Gravity- Without squeezing the straining bag, you need to drain the pulp as much as possible. It is important to keep the mixture as it is for over a week. The crucial aspect of this step is the use of a hydrometer to ensure a standard range of specific gravity in order to maintain the desired consistency.
After regular checking of specific gravity, you need to keep the mixture in an airlock. The specific gravity needs to be in the range of 1.011 to 1.013 for the best results!
- Sediment Sentiment- The most important step of fermentation, as stated by a Beatles song, is to let it be. Store the wine for around 2 months, and then you can rack it off the sediment. Siphoning to a new container, like any other wine, is equally important, if not more. Need some tips to store that blueberry wine, check out “How to Store Wine After Opening” for tips.
- Stabilize to Realize- It is absolutely essential to realize the importance of stabilizing the wine for not only better aging but also better longevity. If you wish to, you may bottle the wine and store it for as long as 6 months before consuming it.
Now that we have initiated you to the art of making the perfect, lip-smacking blueberry wine, we urge you to go and relish your perfectly made wine. We assure you that your wine will be blue, not your mood! Let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever tried to make wine at home.
Thank you for reading! Need more tips on setting up that home-style work station for your blueberry winemaking process? Check out “Supplies You Need to Make Homemade Wine” for more.
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