Friday, May 14, 2010

Green Tea and Ginger Wine

* 16 teaspoons or teabags of Green Tea
* 1 cup chopped white or golden raisins
* 1 ounce thinly sliced ginger root
* 2 lbs granulated sugar
* zest & juice of 1 lime
* zest & juice of 2 small lemons
* water to 1 gallon
* 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
* 1 pack wine yeast

Boil water and pour over all ingredients but yeast (in primary). When water cools to under 100 degrees F., add activated yeast. When specific gravity drops to 1.015-1.010, strain tea, ginger and zest. Transfer liquid to secondary and attach airlock. Ferment to dryness, rack, top up, and reaffix airlock. Stabilize when clear. Wait 30 days, sweeten if desired, and rack into bottles. Allow 3-6 months to smooth out.