Pomegranates are one of the lesser known fruits but are just as delicious as any of the more known ones.
If you are buying your own pomegranates then you should know that they are kind of expensive because they are rare and have to be shipped from the other side of the world.
Pomegranate wine is an easy thing to make and like all other wines, all you need is the right ingredients and a little patience.
– 6 Pomegranates
– 1 pound of raisins
– 4 cups of granulated sugar
– 2 teaspoons of acid blend
– 1 teaspoon of pectic enzyme
– 1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
– 1 campden tablet
– 1 package of wine yeast
– 12 cups of water
– Open the pomegranates and remove all of the seeds. The seeds are the only thing that you are going to need from the pomegranate so you can throw away the rest of the fruit.
– Place the pomegranate seeds in a bowl and crush them. You can use a potato masher or any other similar tool to do this.
– Add every other ingredient except the yeast into a fermenting bucket. Make sure that your campden tablet is crushed. Stir the ingredients well to make sure that the sugar is dissolved completely. You then are going to want to let it sit over night.
– You are going to want to use your hydrometer to check the gravity of your mixture. It should be between 1.090 and 1.095. If you don’t have a hydrometer you can always make your own home made hydrometer.
– Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture that has been sitting over night.
– Do not seal the container. Stir the mixture daily for about 5 to 6 days. After the right amount of time has elapsed the specific gravity should be 1.050.
– You then need to strain the leftover yeast and pomegranate chunks out of the juice. You can easily do this using cheesecloth but make sure that you do not squeeze your must too hard because you do not want the extra tannin from the skins of the seeds entering your wine.
– Siphon the liquid into the secondary fermentation container and seal it with an air lock.
– Once the pomegranate wine clears, you are then going to want to rack the wine.
– You can then taste it after about 6 months. If it does not seem right you can always let it sit for another six months until the flavor is perfect.
This is were you can find all of the ingredients that you need that are not available in your local grocery store.