Back in the 1990s, there was a popular country music song about strawberry wine. In those days, the internet was young and the flow of information had yet to reach Vesuvius-like levels. As more and more people connect and search for what they want to know about, more and more folks have taken an interest in fermenting their own brews. One such drink, strawberry wine, happens to fall within the purview of Strawberry Plants .org.
So, without making much more ado about nothing, for any of the adventurous types looking to brew up a batch of homemade strawberry wine, this strawberry wine recipe is for you.
Strawberry Wine Recipe
Unlike most food recipes, this strawberry wine recipe (and most other strawberry wine recipes, for that matter) takes quite a while to finally be completed. If patience and perseverance are completely lacking from your character makeup, it might be best to find a different way of obtaining your wine. On the other hand, if you are up to the challenge, don’t mind waiting, and can spring for some basic brewing equipment, making strawberry wine can be a enjoyable process. You can get what you need here: Basic Homebrewing Equipment.
To reiterate, the strawberry wine making process is a relatively slow process. It will take a minimum of three months before a good end product is acquired. So, get all your supplies ready and then get busy!
Strawberry Wine Recipe: Ingredients
3 pounds of strawberries (conversions here)
1 gallon of water
2.5 pounds of sugar
2 teaspoons of lemon juice or citric acid
1 teaspoon of wine yeast
Strawberry Wine Directions
Thoroughly mash the strawberries manually. Put the mashed strawberries, sugar, lemon juice/citric acid in the crock pot. Bring 5 pints of water to a boil. Pour the boiling water into the crock so that all the other ingredients are covered. Stir to dissolve as much of the mixture as possible. Monitor the temperature of the solution and add the wine yeast when it cools to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the crock and stir the components every day for one full week. On day seven, strain the mixture and move the remainder to a secondary fermentation container. Fill that container up to one gallon with water. Fit the fermentation trap and allow the yeast to do their fermenting work. Rack the wine after 30 days and again after 21-28 more days (see below if you are unsure what racking is). When fermentation is complete and the wine is clear, bottle it. Allow a minimum of three additional months to pass for aging (a full year is generally accepted as best).
Strawberry Wine Recipe: Notes
It is important to ensure that the strawberries you choose for use in this or any strawberry wine recipe are fresh and unblemished prior to mashing. Make sure that there is no mold or rot on the berries. Consult the Strawberry Buying Guide for additional information. Also, pure granulated sugar is easiest for the yeast to process during fermentation. However, other sugars can be used if you are feeling daring (but it isn’t recommended).
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I have been making meads (honey wine) for several years now. I make a great strawberry mead that is basically the same as your wine recipe, but instead of sugar use about 5 lbs of honey (I prefer clove honey for this mixture but wildflower and orange blossom both work as well).
Great! I’m glad it works well for you! Good luck!
i bought strawberries for wine ,then found out they contain granulated sugar. can i still use them?
It sounds like the strawberries had added granulated sugar from the sound of your comment. I’d recommend using freshly picked strawberries without any added sugar, but you can still probably use what you have if that is your only option. Good luck!
I have been making Strawberry wine since 1972. I will share a secret that got me 1st place & best of show in Franklin County fair, OH & 3rd place in class at the OS Fair: I put in 18-20 lBS STRAWBERRIES, 5 LBS WHITE RAISINS AND 5 lBS OF Bananas, plus ingredients normally in a Strawberry wine – enjoy.
Thanks for the tips!
Can I use frozen strawberries for making wine?
You can, but the end product will taste different. Good luck!
PS: we have been making 3 gallons at a time.
I just want to say thank you for this recipe!! We are on our 3rd batch and everyone loves it. I have made 1 change and that is when we are adding water after the 1st rack we are also adding 2lbs more of sugar. We like sweet wine and that little extra makes it perfect for us!
Stephanie: we use 750ml wine bottles and we average roughly 5 full wine bottles per gallon. Hope that helps you!
My fiancé and I are making our own wine for our wedding about how many bottles does this recipe yield?
It depends on the size of the bottle you use. It will make a bit less than a gallon. Of course, you can double, triple, quadruple, etc. as needed. Good luck, and congratulations!
I have a question. When you put the strained contence into its secondary container. It says to add up to one gallon of water to the mixture. Now we have already used 5 pints of water. Do we count those 5 pints as part of tne total water required? Or do we add a seperate gallon?
Add water until you have one full gallon.