What better way to use up the windfall from those unused fruit trees at home or the uncollected fruit from along the towpath than turning it into wine. It can be as simple as putting it all in a demijohn with water and sugar and letting nature take it’s course. This will turn the sugar and fructose from the fruit into alcohol using the wild yeasts that are part of the fruit itself, though the flavour can be a bit hit and miss!
You can buy the ‘bible’ of winemaking written by CJJ Berry which will guide you through the entire process ensuring you’ll come out with some amazing wines made from the fruit you have in your garden.
is an amazing book having sold over 3 million copies and will teach you everything you need to know about making wine from fruit, vegetables etc.
the other way is to purchase this little package which contains all the necessary ingredients you’ll need …
Hedgerow wine kit
Hedgerow wine making is now greatly simplified thanks to the Hedgerow Wine Kit. It contains all the ingredients you need for a 23L batch plus 17 different recipes.
Use all that discarded fruit in your garden to make wine some amazing wines. Just add the fruit plus some sugar and water and the kit provides the rest of the ingredients as well as the recipes and instruction on how to do it!
Inside this wine making kit you will find … a packet of wine yeast and nutrient, bentonite (helps clearing the wine), citric acid (to adjust the acidity when fruit is ripe and less acid), enzyme (prevents pectin from creating a haze in the wine), stabiliser (without this your wine can not be stored for more than a few weeks) and finings (to remove the yeast etc at the end).
It all sounds complicated, but it isn’t really. Just follow the clear instructions and you will have your own wine in a few weeks, though it may require an ageing period in the bottle before drinking!
Recipes included with the kit