Monday, November 27, 2006

Clover Wine

Red clover wine can be made with either fresh or dried red clover flowers. Pick the clover flowers early in the morning, but after any dew from the early morning pre-dawn has evaporated. After picking, remove the stems and wash the flowerheads well. You can pick more flowers than needed and dry them for future use. To dry, lay them on a cookie sheet and let the pilot from your gas oven dry them. Turn every 2-3 hours until absolutely dry. If you don't have a gas oven, you'll have to use a dehydrator. When dried, measure 2-1/2 ounces by weight and seal these in a ZipLoc bag for later use to make one gallon of wine. Use recipes below, substituting dried flowers for fresh.


  • 1 qt fresh red clover flowers
  • 1 pint white grape juice (reconstituted from concentrate)
  • 2-1/4 lb finely granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp acid blend
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1/4 tsp tannin
  • water to one gallon
  • wine yeast

Bring 1/2 gallon water to boil and dissolve sugar in it.
Destem and wash the flowers and put in primary.
Pour boiling water over flowers and add grape juice, acid blend, tannin, yeast nutrient, and water to bring up to one gallon total liquid.
When lukewarm, add yeast. Knock down cap 2-3 times daily.
After 7 days, strain liquor into secondary and fit airlock.
Rack after 60 days, top up, refit airlock and set aside 4 months.
Wine should be clear.
Stabilize, wait 10 days, rack, sweeten to taste, and bottle.
Wait 6 months before tasting. [Adapted recipe from W.H.T. Tayleur's The Penguin Book of Home Brewing & Wine-Making

Monday, November 20, 2006

Gluhwein or "Glow Wine"

Not having been a wine drinker until I started making wine, I 've never had to make a mulled wine. This Christmas season, I'm finally going to make and sample some mulled wine or as the Germans call it gluhwein. Gluhwein or "Glow Wine" sounds pretty interesting and I'm looking forward to giving it a try.

I found a couple recipes and fiqured that I would pass them along to you. The first comes from the German Embassy in Washington DC and the second one comes from Virtual Finland.


German Recipe

Germans enjoy Gluhwein or "Glow Wine" quite a bit around Christmas and New Year's Day. A favorite place to sip a warming glass is outside at the Christmas market.

(makes 24 glasses)


2 bottles red wine
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
1 lemon, sliced
20 whole cloves
6 to 8 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced for garnish

Mix water, lemon and spices and simmer for an hour. Strain. Heat but do not boil the red wine. Add wine to hot water mixture. Ladle into cups and serve with half a slice of orange.

Finland Recipe

Christmas glogg

1 bottle red wine
2-3 tablespoons Madeira (optional)
1/2 cup raw sugar, or to taste
1/3 cup raisins
1-2 sticks cinnamon
5-6 whole cloves
peelings of 1 orange
1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
1/4 cup vodka to spike it up (optional)

In a large kettle, combine all the ingredients except the vodka. Heat slowly, until the drink is steaming hot. Stir every now and then, and taste with a spoon whenever you feel like it. Do not let the drink get even close to boiling. Just keep it warm. Before serving, add vodka if you wish.

Servings: 1 to 6


Monday, November 13, 2006

Cranberry Universal Recipe

  Type of Fruit Cranberries  
  Weight Needed 4 pounds  
  Preparation crush  
  Water 1 gallon  
  Acid Blend none  
  Campden Tablets 2  
  Yeast Nutrient 1 teaspoon  
  Sugar 3 pounds  
  Raisins 1 1/2 pounds  
  Pectin Enzyme 1/2 teaspoon  
  Grape Tannin none  
  Yeast   1 packet  

Here's a universal recipe that I'm sure that can be made during this time of the year. One that I'll probably be trying during the next several weeks.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Blueberry Universal Recipe

Type of Fruit Blueberries

Weight Needed 2 pounds

Preparation crush

Water 1 gallon

Acid Blend 3 teaspoons

Campden Tablets 2

Yeast Nutrient 1 teaspoon

Sugar 2 1/2 pounds

Raisins 1 pound

Pectin Enzyme 1/2 teaspoon

Grape Tannin none

Yeast 1 packet

You might be able to use frozen blueberries or canned blueberries with this recipe.

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