This simplified recipe for making wine yielded some of the best tasting wine ever.
Step 1: Collect your materials.
You will need something to drain the berries with.
Step 2: Get some edible fruit. These are huckleberries.
I think the huckleberry is the "secret" to how smooth this wine ended up tasting.
Step 3: One balloon will be needed.
Short and fat balloons work good.
Step 4: The cheesecloth helps with the draining.
You could use a substitute, I have boiled a plain white T-Shirt and used that before.
Step 5: A funnel and two packets of yeast are needed.
Some recipes call for champagne yeast. Normal yeast has made good tasting wine for me.
Step 6: An empty distilled water jug works perfect.
You will need the lid too.
Step 7: Clean the berries.
Get rid of the stems, leaves, and berries that are not ripe. Also throw out berries that look dried up.
Step 8: You will need four cups of cleaned berries.
This does not have to be exact. Close enough is good enough for all the measurements in this recipe.
Step 9: Measure out 2 and a half cups of sugar.
Set the sugar aside for a few.
Step 10: Smash the berries.
The plastic piece I use for this works good and does not hurt my glass measuring bowl.
Step 11: The berries should be smashed until they look like this.
If you stop here, you have created a good dye. Do not get it on anything unless you want it purple.
Step 12: I had to pour the berries into a bigger bowl.
The bigger bowl makes it harder to "chase" the berries around to squish them. The smaller bowl makes it harder to stir the ingredients up later. So two bowls are used.
Step 13: Pour the sugar onto the berries.
The ratio I am using is 4 cups of fruit to 2 1/2 cups of sugar.
Step 14: Pour six cups of boiling water onto the sugar and fruit pile. Stir.
Whatever you stir this with may be stained. This may be true of your other vessels used with the berries.
Step 15: Cover the mixture with the cheesecloth. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Save the cheesecloth. Rinse it when done.
Step 16: Pour the cooled mixture into the jug.
Pour it slowly and poke the berries if needed so they do not clog your funnel. It overflows the funnel kind of easy and you can lessen it by lifting the funnel a little to let the air escape from the jug.
Step 17: Now pour the yeast packets (2) into the jug.
Add the yeast. You should have more in your jug because this batch spilled some.