A Tiger Barn Cattery Wine Recipe

This is my basic blueberry wine recipe. I have limited experience like anyone in the UK, but so far I think every wine with blueberries has been exceptional.

It's worth noting that without your own Blueberry bushes, this is going to be an impossible wine to attempt in the UK. Having said that, the number of people growing blueberries is enormous. Our climate is perfect as long as you water them a lot even if its wet in the summer. Don't forget to prune them when they are a few years old to keep the centre open.

2.5 Lbs of Blueberries
1 Lb Raisins
1 gallon water
2 Lbs of sugar
1 teaspoon of pectolase
1 teaspoon citric acid
1/2 a lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of TronOzymol
1 crushed campden tablet
1 tsp of yeast nutrients
Bordeaux Yeast

As with any wine making, the easiest way to mess it up is by putting too much sugar in so that the alcohol kills the yeast before it's finished fermenting. So, only add as much sugar as you need to reach an SG of say 1.080 - 1.085 and that will almost guarantee a dry ferment at 12% when the hydrometer reads dry (0.990 - 0.995).

From my notes:

Sat 10th July 2010 5PM

We both love blueberries, we have 4 bushes of our own, two were a wedding anniversary present to each other, but we didn't have enough to make wine and eat them for breakfast! We searched for a PYO farm and found one outside Plymouth so took off for the day. It's a little early in the season but we took the ripest we could find and came up a little short on weight.

Squishing blueberries seems such a waste, but in a year's time we wont give a damn so I stood by the sink crushing 2.5 Lbs of Blueberries into fermentation bucket one by one.
Added 1 Lb of raisins.
Added 2 Lbs of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of pectolase
1 teaspoon citric acid
1/2 a lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of TronOzymol
1 crushed campden tablet
and washed it all down with 8 pints of boiling water

Sun 11th July 2010

10.30 PM Added Youngs Bordeaux yeast and stirred it in 15 mins later

Saturday 17th July 2010

Strained and squeezed the pulp into demijohn, every last drop of blueberry goodness had to come out.

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1 Gallon of Blueberry wine.
SG: 1.011

29th July 2010
1st Rack
Topped up from a Mixed fruit wine.
SG: 0.995

Wednesday 25th August 2010

SG: 0.995

1st September 2010

2nd Rack
Added a campden tablet and topped up from Blueberry II.
SG: 0.995

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Clearing & Maturing: 1st Feb 2011

Bottled: 28th January 2011 - 6 x bottles

Drinkable: September 2011

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