Friday, June 29, 2012


  I don't drink wine but I like to make it.

  I like what C.S. Lewis had to say about it.

    "One great piece of mischief has been done by the modern restriction of the word Temperance to the question of drink. It helps people to forget that you can be just as intemperate about lots of other things. A man who makes his golf or his motor bicycle the centre of his life, or a woman who devotes all her thoughts to clothes or bridge or her dog, is being just as 'intemperate' as someone who gets drunk every evening. Of course, it does not show on the outside so easily: bridge-mania or golf-mania do not make you fall down in the middle of the road. But God is not deceived by externals."

Basic Wine

1 1/2 lb berries
10 c water
3 c sugar
1/4 t wine yeast

2 c sugar (added later)

1) Wash berries and and place in an enamel or stainless steel pot.

2) Add water and sugar and stir. Simmer 30 minutes on stove top.

3) Remove from heat and cool to 95 degrees F and add softened wine yeast. (Sprinkle wine yeast into a 1/2 c warm water and let stand for 15 minutes to soften).

4) Stir.

5) Cover pot loosely and wait 6 days.

6) Strain and add the 2 c. sugar and stir.

7) Pour into a clean 1 gallon jug and cap with a water lock. (This allows the wine to ferment naturally and let gases escape when water is placed into the lock.)

8) Wine is ready when the water lock stops "bobbing" up and down.