Woodstock Wine #1
Passion Fruit Lemongrass Wine (experimental) Recipe:
Makes ~20 liters
-1.5 kilos sugar
-quart-sized pot of rice
-1.5 kilos passion fruit
-1 kilo lemongrass
-1 tsp honey
-1 strong pot of green tea
-1 packet of Emergen-C (or Ascorbic Acid Pills. / Vitamin C supplements)
-A good book
Sterilize your jug with hot water and a capful of bleach. Rinse and dry.
Cook the rice with plenty of water until it’s pure mush. Cool off and throw into the jug to start your wort.
Cook the sugar until it dissolves in water. Cool and add to the wort.
Cut open the passion fruit, empty into a pot. Add some green tea (just because) and boil the mixture to sterilize it. Cool and add to the wort.
Cut the lemongrass down so it will fit into a pot with water. Boil it down for half an hour. Let cool and add to the jug.
Top the jug off with clean water. Most bottled water contains chlorine, an enemy of fermentation. Ascorbic Acid helps to break chlorine and chloramine down. I experiment by using half a packet of Emergen-C to the jug & mixing it.
Add a pot of cooled green tea to the jug for yeast nutrition.
Stir a glob of honey into a quafter cup of hot water. Let the water cool and add your yeast packet when the temp is around 38°C/105°F. Cover the cup and let the yeast activate for twenty minutes.
Add the yeast to the jug and cover the lid with a paper towel (or clean rag) for 3-5 days.
After the major fermentation is completed (3-5 days), cover the mouth of the jug with a vaporlock (I’m using a balloon with a pinhole in the top.)
Wait ~20 days. Taste & enjoy. Decide if it should be bottled as wine or made into hard cider instead!