How to make delicious homemade wine without yeast

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How to make delicious homemade wine without yeast
Yeast is a common ingredient in alcohol, but you don't need it for all wines. (igorr1/iStock/Getty Images)

Yeast is a micro-organism that promotes fermentation. It is a key component in the production of alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. That doesn't mean there isn't a way around the addition of yeast. Just collect about 1.36 kg (3 lbs) of fresh blackberries and follow a series of steps to make a delicious red wine at home that won't need yeast to bring out the alcoholic qualities you seek.

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Things you need

  • 4.5 litre (1 gallon) jug
  • Large sauce pan
  • Bucket
  • Old wine bottles
  • Wooden spoon
  • Towel
  • 2 large bowls
  • Piece of muslin or cheesecloth
  • Funnel
  • 1.36 kg (3 lbs) blackberries
  • 1.36 kg (3 lbs) sugar

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  1. 1

    Wash the blackberries to remove any dirt, and place them in a large bowl.

  2. 2

    Boil 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of water in a pot.

  3. 3

    Pour the boiling water over the berries. Stir with a wooden spoon, then cover the bowl with a towel.

  4. 4

    Set the bowl aside for 10 days in a dry place at room temperature.

  5. 5

    Remove the towel after 10 days and gently peel off and discard the mould that will have formed on top of the berry juice.

  6. 6

    Place muslin or a cheesecloth over the bowl. Pour the juice through the cloth into another bowl to strain the liquid.

  7. 7

    Add the sugar to the strained blackberry juice and stir it for at least one minute.

  8. 8

    Pour this liquid into old wine bottles and cork them.

  9. 9

    Wait at least three months to uncork the bottles and sample the yeast-free wine.

Tips and warnings

  • Wait at least six months before sampling the wine.
  • During the initial soak, add citrus peels, clove or even cinnamon to imbue your wine with unique flavours.

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