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A glass of blackcurrant wine, with a small dish of black currants next to it.
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Homemade Blackcurrant Wine

Blackcurrant wine is a unique choice - a deep, dark, rich berry wine. It's also easy to make! Here's how to make black currant wine.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Resting time365 d
Total Time365 d 2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 Gallon
Calories: 6704kcal
Author: Marie Porter

Equipment

2 gallon fermenter bucket and lid
1 air lock and stopper
Siphon, siphon tubing.
1 - 2 1 gallon glass carboys

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse and pick through blackcurrants, removing any that are moldy, etc. Remove stems and pits, chop them up.
  • Place in a large pot, along with the sugar. Using a potato masher or VERY clean hands, stir and mash blackcurrants.
  • Add water, stir well. Heat to ALMOST boiling, then simmer gently for 30 minutes. Stir in acid blend, enzyme, nutrient, and tannin.
  • Pour mixture into a freshly sanitized fermenting bucket. Cover with sanitized lid and air lock, allow to cool to room temperature (overnight).
  • The next morning, give the mixture a quick stir with a long, sanitized spoon, and – using sanitized equipment – take a gravity reading of the liquid (strain out any blackcurrants). Keep track of the number! (This is an optional step, but will allow you to calculate your final ABV %)
  • Sprinkle yeast into fermenter, cover with sanitized cover and air lock. Within 48 hours, you should notice fermentation activity – bubbles in the airlock, carbonation and /or swirling in the wine must. This means you’re good to go!
  • After a week or so, use your sanitized siphon setup to rack the must into a freshly sanitized carboy. Put the carboy somewhere cool (not cold!), and leave it alone for a month or so.
  • Using sanitized equipment, rack the wine off the sediment, into a clean, freshly sanitized carboy. Cap with sanitized airlock, leave it alone for another 2-3 months.
  • Rack one more time, leave it for another 3 months or so.
  • When your wine has been racked a few times and shows NO more fermenting activity for a month or so (no bubbles in the airlock, no more sediment being produced, you can move on to bottling. **
  • If stabilizing, follow the instructions on your selected type of wine stabilizer to stop fermentation. For potassium sorbate, this needs to be done 2-3 days before bottling.
  • Backsweeten your wine, if desired.
  • Using sanitized equipment, take a gravity reading, then rack the wine into clean, sanitized bottles. Cork.

Notes

* If using frozen blackcurrants, allow them to thaw. Don't bother straining them!
** If you're sampling as you're going, and your wine reaches the right sweet/dry level for you, you don't need to wait for the fermentation activity to end. Just skip ahead to stablization!
IMPORTANT:
Software generates nutritional information based on the ingredients as they start, and is unable to account for the sugars consumed in the fermentation process. As such, the calories, sugars, and carbs are shown WAY higher than reality.
Additionally, the listed value is for the entire recipe, NOT per serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 6704kcal | Carbohydrates: 1714g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 6601mg | Sugar: 1397g | Vitamin A: 4695IU | Vitamin C: 3695mg | Calcium: 1250mg | Iron: 32mg