How to Make Strong Orange Wine – Super Charged Orange Wine – 18% ABV

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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 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
  1. 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.
  2. Put the cap on the bottle and shake it up vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the cap back on the container and give another vigorous shake. This will dissolve the yeast and introduce more oxygen into the wash.
  5. Remove the regular cap and screw on a cap with a fermentation lock.
  6. Fill the lock with water up to the line and you're ready to start the waiting game.
  7. From here you want the fermentation to continue for 7 to 10 days until it comes to an absolute stop.
  8. 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.
  9. Notice that the mash has cleared substantially and that there is a layer of fruit solids and yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
  10. Rack this of using a syphon pipe into another sterile bottle.
  11. To clear the wine, sprinkle 1 gram of gelatin into 60ml of water.
  12. Allow this to stand for 30 minutes until it has re-hydrated.
  13. Once hydrated, heat this in your microwave to 70c or 158f.
  14. Give it a good stir and pour it into the wine. Use a long sterile stirrer to gently stir this into the wine.
  15. Screw a regular cap onto the bottle and place this in your refrigerator.
  16. Let this stand in the refrigerator undisturbed for 7 to 10 days to clear.
  17. After this time almost all of the remaining haze will have precipitated to the bottom of the bottle.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. And there it is, a magnificent batch of orange wine... just in time for episode 500 with


How to Dry Apple Slices in your Oven – Make Dried Fruit at Home

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How to Dry Apple Slices in your Oven - Make Dried Fruit at Home
Recipe type: Fruit / Preserves
Desiccating fruit is a great way of preservation, and this works very well with apples. This process can be done very easily at home without any additives like sulphur dioxide.
  • 2-3 Large apples
  • 1 Liter water
  • 125ml White vinegar
  1. Use your corer to remove the centers and seeds.
  2. Proceed by peeling the skins from apples. Some people like to leave the skin on, but I find it a little too chewy.
  3. Slice the apples into 3mm slices. You cut them a bit thicker if you prefer, however the drying time will increase accordingly.
  4. In a jug, combine the water with the white vinegar.
  5. Place the sliced apple in a mixing bowl and pour the vinegar solution over the apple.
  6. Mix this around gently, then leave it to soak for 30 minutes. The vinegar solution will prevent the apple from oxidizing and browning while it dries.
  7. After soaking, drain the apples and spread them out on a clean dish towel.
  8. Place another towel over this and pat the slices dry.
  9. Arrange the slices on stainless steel racks. These multi level cooling racks are particularly useful for this.
  10. Place the racks in your oven set at 90c or 200f for 2 hours until dry and leathery. If you would like them on crisper side, continue drying for a further hour.
  11. After the drying time, leave the apple in the oven to cool completely with door slightly open.
  12. And there it is,beautifully dried apple slices with no added preservatives.


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