Looking for a wine that is good in the fall? Maybe seeing pumpkin beer has got you bummed out if your a wine maker. Well this is the recipe that you want to do if you want to make a pumpkin wine. With this wine you can either produce a super dry wine which will be around 18% or a sweeter wine, it’s all based off the wine yeast.
If you wanted to go the high alcohol route use Lalvin K1V-1116 or Lalvin EC-1118. If you wanted to have a sweet wine use, Red Star Côte des Blancs. This will get you about 13% with 5% residual sugar. If you wanted a little less sweet I would recommend Lalvin 71B-1122.
This is one of those recipes that you want to get a early start, it takes some time to get done with this recipe. Make sure you have plenty of time.
Yield: 1 Gallon Batch
- 5 lbs grated pumpkin flesh
- 2 lbs finely granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pectic enzyme
- .5 oz citric acid
- 1.5 tsp yeast nutrient
- 1/4 tsp yeast energizer
- 1 finely crushed and dissolved Campden tablet
- 6-1/2 pts water
- Wine yeast (see above and choose)
- Take pumpkin flesh and grate the pumpkin flesh. (Don’t place chunks in a blender and attempt to chop them.)
- Take water bring water to a boil and stir in the sugar until dissolved.
- Take off the heat, and then put pumpkin flesh in primary.
- Pour boiling water over pumpkin.
- Take mixture and cool to room temperature and add crushed Campden tablet.
- Take cover and put on top of primary and allow to sit 8-10 hours.
- Add pectic enzyme and allow to sit overnight.
- In the morning, add citric acid, yeast nutrient, energizer and yeast.
- Cover primary and shake daily for about 5 days.
- Take mixture that was in the primary and pour through a nylon straining bag and let pumpkin drip drain.
- Transfer to secondary and put on an airlock.
- If you do not get a full gallon of liquid, wait 5 days and top up as necessary.
- Rack after two weeks
- Rack again after additional 30 days, topping up and refitting airlock each time.
- Set aside for 3 months and then rack, stabilize, sweeten if desired.
- Wait 3 weeks rack into bottles.
- Set aside and wait 1 year to drink.