Once you learn how to make homemade blackberry wine, you will have developed a new hobby that can be used to entertain yourself, give gifts to your friends and have something tasty to drink. Some wines have medicinal qualities that help in the prevention of heart disease. Homemade blackberry wine also has the benefit of not having the chemicals in it that some of the newer wine companies put in their wines to make them ferment faster. Use the list of ingredients below as well as the numbered steps to learn how to make homemade blackberry wine.
- One pound of blackberries
- One gallon of water
- Eight cups of sugar
- One package of yeast
- Prepare the blackberries. Blackberries have very small seeds, so you will want to prepare them differently than you would prepare grapes. If you do this correctly, your blackberry wine will only need a limited amount of straining. Rinse the blackberries for the homemade blackberry wine so that they are free of dirt and debris. Place them in a nylon bag.
- Prepare the water. Heat the water to a boil, then add the sugar and mix well. The heat in the water will help the sugar to dissolve rapidly.
- Add the berries for the homemade blackberry wine. Once the sugar is mixed well with the water, put the nylon bag of berries in the water and allow to boil for three to four minutes. Allow the mixture to cool enough so that the nylon bag can be handled. Remove the bag from the water and strain the juice from the blackberries into the water by squeezing the bag with the blackberries in it.
- Begin fermentation. For the homemade blackberry wine to ferment, you will need to add the yeast. Add the yeast to the warm water and mix well.
- Store and maintain. Pour the entire mixture into quart jars and seal. Allow to ferment for about 10 days. Gently shake the jars daily during this ten days. After ten days, strain the homemade blackberry wine again to make sure that all the seeds and pulp are removed from the wine. Replace lid and store for the next six months, making sure to shake the jars once a month and strain them about every three months. If the blackberry wine is not flavorful after six months, replace the lid and allow to sit for another three to six months.