Recipe: Easy 5 Gallon Batch

by David

List of Ingredients I purchased from Grocery store:

5 Gallon of Spring Water (do not get refrigerated)
2-3 pounds of pure unprocessed honey per gallon of water
1 package of wine yeast
3 Tea Bag
3 Orange
75 Raisins

Start by sanitizing your carboy with some bleach water. (1 cap mixed with a gallon of water) Then sanitize a knife and a cutting board.

Add the honey, raisins and tea bag to the jug, cut the orange into 8-10 pieces.

Hydrate the yeast, and add it when complete.

The next step is to mix the must vigorously, the more the better, 5 min would be ideal. This will aerate the mixture giving the yeast plenty of oxygen. After mixing is complete, put on the vapor lock and let it go.

In about 4-7 hours you should start to see things happening..

In 3-5 weeks the vapor lock will stop bubbling as most of the fermentation will be complete.  At this time if you choose to taste the wine you will notice the alcohol but a harsh flavor.  Place the jug somewhere for two to three months, any time after that you can drink it.

Optional Equipment & Steps:

  1. Zest the oranges and add that to the must, remove the zested peel and add the orange insides as well.
  2. After the first three weeks (when the balloon is limp) transfer to a second container without orange, tea bag or raisins.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of yeast nutrient & 2 teaspoons of yeast energizer to the must.

Pitch the Yeast!

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