Ok, so having spent enough money on both equipment and now ingredients, its time to give it a bash!
Please do excuse the lack of photographic evidence, I do tend to forget to take any pictures, but I belive I caught the most important moments. Now, the first attempt, we stuck with something quite simple thats been done probably thousands of times and is very well documented on TheHomeBrewForum, I present to you Wurzels Orange Wine (WOW)!
Now, the eagle eyed reader will note that the WOW calls for Red Grape Juice, we kicked the trend and used White Grape Juice as that was all we found in the Supermarket! The ingredients are below, along with a few pictures of the process;
1 litre White Grape Juice – Asda
1 litre Orange Juice – Aldi
2 litre Cooled Boiled Water
1 mug of very strong black tea
1 tsp Yeast
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient
1 tsp Pectolase
1 tsp Glycerine
Now, the Alcohol By Volume was decided upon, 12%, and this is attained by the yeast using the sugar to create alcohol and CO2. So, for a 12% wine, an inital sugar content of 1064g of Sugar per 4.5 litres is required. The WGJ has a sugar content of 172g per litre and the Orange Juice has a sugar content of 110g per litre, the result is a sugar content of 282g of sugar in 4.5 litres.
So, after working this out, we then subtract 282 from 1064, giving the result of 782g of sugar required. This was subsequently dissolved in the 1.5 litres of cooled boiled water, which gives us a total volume of 3.5 litres in our DemiJohn, a little short of full but gives plenty of room for the expected activity and reduces the risk of bubbling up through the airlock.
Once the Sugary Water solution has cooled to room temperature it, and the 2 litres of juice can be added to the DemiJohn, along with the strong black mug of tea we made, this gives the wine the required tannin for “mouthfeel”.
The above is put in to the DemiJohn, along with the remaining ingredients – 1 tsp Yeast, 1 tsp Yeast Nutrient, 1 tsp Pectolase and 1 tsp Glycerine. An airlock is added, and put to one side in a warm-ish place, around 18-20degC will suffice. Our house is cold, and we’ve yet to have any problems to be truthful!