Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Fifth in the Series
"This wine is light and lively with hints of citrus and a nice, vinous character. The wheat supplies nutrients and sugars to enhance the fermentation process."
Makes 1 gallon
3/4 pound wheat berries
1 pound raisins or 1 pint white grape juice concentrate
2 1/2 pounds brown sugar
1 Campden tablet
1 package wine yeast
1 teaspoon pectic enzyme
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1 1/2 cups orange juice at room temperature
1 ounce citric acid
Soak the wheat berries overnight in 1/2 quart of water to soften them. Mince the wheat berries and raisins and transfer to a 2 gallon fermenter. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, pour it over the wheat-raisin mixture, add the brown sugar, and let cool. Add a Campden tablet and let sit, well covered, for 24 hours.
In a jar, make a yeast starter culture by combining the wine yeast, pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient and orange juice. Cover, shake vigorously, and let stand 1 to 3 hours, until bubbly, then add to the must.
Add the citric acid; then let the mixture sit, loosely covered, for ten days, stirring daily. Rack the mixture to a 2 gallon airlocked fermenter and allow it to ferment to completion. When fermentation stops, bottle, cork and cellar the wine.
Wait at least six months before sampling.
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