How to Make Strong Orange Wine - Super Charged Orange Wine - 18% ABV
Recipe type: Brewing and Distilling
Hi and welcome to the monumentous 500th episode with Whats4Chow.com To celebrate today, we're going to make a batch of really good orange wine. The process is very simple, however you will be looking at at a good few weeks of patience before you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
For the Wine
- 4 Liters orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1kg White sugar
- 50g Turbo yeast (Still Spirits brand, #8)
To Clear the Wine
- 1g Gelatin
- 60ml Water
- To start, I have juiced 4 liters of juice from 9kg of oranges. Place this in a 5 liter food safe container and pour in the sugar.
- Put the cap on the bottle and shake it up vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove the cap and pour in 50g of Still Spirits Turbo yeast. This yeast is amazing in that it has anti-foaming agents and nutrients included in the mix.
- Place the cap back on the container and give another vigorous shake. This will dissolve the yeast and introduce more oxygen into the wash.
- Remove the regular cap and screw on a cap with a fermentation lock.
- Fill the lock with water up to the line and you're ready to start the waiting game.
- From here you want the fermentation to continue for 7 to 10 days until it comes to an absolute stop.
- During this time, we had a sudden heat wave which caused just over a liter of our brew to bubble out through the airlock. Bare this in mind if you live in a warm climate. You may want to use a much bigger fermentation bottle.
- Notice that the mash has cleared substantially and that there is a layer of fruit solids and yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
- Rack this of using a syphon pipe into another sterile bottle.
- To clear the wine, sprinkle 1 gram of gelatin into 60ml of water.
- Allow this to stand for 30 minutes until it has re-hydrated.
- Once hydrated, heat this in your microwave to 70c or 158f.
- Give it a good stir and pour it into the wine. Use a long sterile stirrer to gently stir this into the wine.
- Screw a regular cap onto the bottle and place this in your refrigerator.
- Let this stand in the refrigerator undisturbed for 7 to 10 days to clear.
- After this time almost all of the remaining haze will have precipitated to the bottom of the bottle.
- Use your siphon to rack this off onto bottles. Attach a toothpick to the end of the siphon to hold the pipe clear of the precipitated haze.
- Cap the bottles and return them to the refrigerator. You can drink the wine immediately, however it does improve significantly after a few weeks of aging in your refrigerator. It will also continue to clear significantly as well.
- And there it is, a magnificent batch of orange wine... just in time for episode 500 with Whats4Chow.com