Simple 1 Gallon Strawberry Wine

The simple wine that takes us all back to a very specific time in our youth. Just remember the line. “I remember when 30 was old.” The recipe is as simple as it gets, no additives, just basic, natural ingredients, and let science do the rest (please see note about Campden tablets and other additives at the bottom).

You’ll need:

Super basic steps:

  1. Sanitize everything you are using (counter, spoons, buckets, etc.) I use StarSan. Gently cook the strawberries and raisins in about 1 gallon of filtered water for 25-30 mins. 
  2. While strawberries are cooking, mix ½ yeast packet with ¼ cup of warm water and allow to sit and activate about (10-25 mins). 
  3. Once strawberries are done, allow to cool to below 100 degrees. Pour mixture into 1 gallon carboy or 2 gallon brewing bucket with bubbler lid.  
  4. Add in the sugar and mix or shake well (depending on if you using a carboy or bucket).
  5. Next pitch the yeast. Mix well again (stir 2-5 mins with stainless steel or plastic long spoon.
  6. Allow this mixture to ferment for a week, while stirring daily to keep any fruit that rises to the top from going bad (it needs to stay moist and mixed in). It should start bubbling up over the next 24 hours. I removed the fruits after three days to be sure that they don’t spoil, ran the liquid through a mesh strainer and moved the liquid to a glass carboy with the airlock.
  7. After a week, rack the liquid from the lees at the bottom and into a sanitized carboy and allow liquid mixture to ferment another week. I love my auto siphon, but you can get away without it with careful pouring, or a simple tube. There should be a total of two weeks of fermentation before bottling.
  8. Bottle. If you are getting technical, check your hydrometer reading to be sure it is between .992 and .996, and clear. You do not want to bottle cloudy wine (you don’t want bottle explosions!)
  9.  Allow wine to age at least 6 months and up to 2-3 years.

I offer additional home fruit winemaking tips on my Prickly Pear Cactus Wine recipe.

Fruits removed from liquid and before filtering and moving to a clean glass carboy.

NOTE: This blog includes affiliate links, which means I may receive a nominal commission when you make a purchase at no additional cost to you. I have not been paid for my opinion and any commentary on the efficiency of a product is solely my own opinion and experience. Please use your own research and discretion when making food and wine products. Eliminating the use of Campden tablets and other additives is optional.

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