Demi-John

(c) 2000
Harris Filters

Home Winemaking
Making Country Wines

The basic method of making a country wine from fruit is as follows:-

  1. Crush or chop the fruit into a white plastic bucket.
  2. Add 2 litres of cold water and a campden tablet, stir and leave for 24 hours.
  3. Add sugar, yeast, Super Enzyme and additives into the bucket and leave in a warm place to ferment for 5 days.
  4. Strain the contents into a clean demijohn, and if needed,
    top up with water to reach 4.5 litres (1 gallon)
  5. Ferment in the demijohn until fermentation has completed.
  6. Add a campden tablet and potassium sorbate to stop any yeast activity and leave in a warm place for 4 days under airlock protection.
  7. Syphon wine off sediment and add Vin Clear (or other) finings and leave in a cool place to clear.
    You could then, 7 days later, use a Vinbrite filter kit to produce a brilliantly clear wine.
  8. Carefully syphon into clean bottles and fit corks and labels.
GettyImages_74322890