Introduction: Making DIY Wine (Federweisser)

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This Instructable will show you how to make Federweißer, which is a type of wine that is made seasonally over in Europe. Because this Instructable involves the making of alcohol, you should be at least 21 before attempting it, or check with your local laws about homemade wine making. I am not responsible if you get busted. If you want to know more about Federweißer, you can view the wikipedia page here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federweisser.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

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The materials are pretty straight forward:
1x   64oz bottle of 100% fruit juice, with at least 20g sugar per serving
1x   Spike Your Juice kit ( go to:    http://www.spikeyourjuice.com/)
1x   Airlock ( It comes with the Spike Your Juice Kit, but if you want to make more than one bottle at a time you will need more)
1x   Yeast Packet ( Comes with kit)

Time to Prepare:
at least 48 hours

Total Cost:
Spike your Juice kit: 9.99 + Shipping
juice: $.99 - $5 depending on the juice

$11-15 Total

Step 2: Adding Yeast

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Add entire packet of yeast into the juice, try to keep it from sticking to the sides of the bottle so that all the yeast is in the juice.

Step 3: Filling and Fitting Airlock

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Fill the provided airlock up to the fill line with water. Make sure that it makes an airtight seal on the bottle or else your entire batch can spoil from outside contaminates.

Note: throw away the cap that the bottle came with and DO NOT put it back on the bottle. The yeast produces a great amount of CO2 and the pressure will explode the bottle if air tight.

Step 4: Wait

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Let the bottle sit at room temperature.

The yeast takes about 48 hours to produce a drink with about 5% alcohol, and has a fizzy sweet taste. You can leave it sit for about 9 days, but this will gradually produce a dryer tasting wine and will have a higher alcohol content of about 14%. It will probably lose its carbonation by that point.

Step 5: Enjoy

When you get the drink to the desired taste and alcohol content, remove airlock and replace the rubber cork to the bottle and refrigerate.

Comments

Ranie-K (author)2011-01-10

Here's how to make it without the kit -way cheaper. Should taste the same:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Federweisser

Scurvymcdiggle (author)2010-08-25

also...you dont need to buy this stupid kit. go to a homebrew store or similar place on the web...also if you take the actual steps for making wine you can let the yeast settle and bottle it...it will taste way better.

Lokisgodhi (author)2010-08-22

"Because this Instructable involves the making of alcohol, you should be at least 21 before attempting it..." Yeah. Riiight. Be over twenty one. That will stop them.

Stopped me from ordering spike your juice online XD. Yeah I see what saying it won't stop anyone

foxy1paco (author)2010-08-20

welll, i mist say. this works pretty well. im pretty drunk rihgt now. 2 batches....weekend brews welch;'s concord grape and black cherryL and white grape and cherry works well! nice insturictable! tastes like crap though. after a while you dont knotice

AndyGadget (author)2010-04-19

$9.99 for a fermentation lock, 6 labels, a stopper and 6 very small packets of yeast is daylight robbery! 
Here's an alternative - Go to your local homebrew shop and buy a fermentation lock (under $2) and a packet of general purpose red or white wine yeast (depending on what juice you're using) for $1 or so.  The yeast sachet will ferment 5 gallons, so split it into 6 or so parts.
Use the same fruit-juice container, but drill a hole in the cap to fit the fermentation lock, and seal it on the outside with hot glue.
Labels?  What's wrong with a bit of paper and sellotape? Alternatively, it's only going to be around for a few days so why bother?

Same end product but at 1/3rd the price.

nieks (author)AndyGadget2010-07-18

Or you can buy beer yeast instead of wine yeast, so you will have lower alcohol levels, which from reading the instructables they aooarently want. And, yes, it does look like an advertisement.

toadnoodle (author)AndyGadget2010-04-19

haha,
I totally agree, I just wanted to give it  try to see how well it turned out. But yeah, $10 is a bit expensive. I guess you pay for convenience :)

AndyGadget (author)toadnoodle2010-04-19

I usually make wine the normal way but I'll be giving this a try. 
Just one thing.  Doesn't all that suspended yeast have . . . let's say . . . a loosening effect on one's digestive system?

lemonie (author)AndyGadget2010-04-20

I don't have problems with yeasty-booze, but I would always let wine settle to "hazy" at the least.

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toadnoodle (author)AndyGadget2010-04-20

haha, yeah I hope it doesn't have more of a laxative effect than a hefeweizen

wdwdash (author)2010-05-05

 This instructable seems to be an advertisement for the "spike your juice" product pack.

lemonie (author)2010-04-19

I was talking to a guy at the weekend who wants to make Magic-Mushroom Potheen... mad.

L

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