Making Plum Wine: Get Your Taste-Buds Ready!
Finding directions for making plum wine online is fairly simple. Damsons are the best type of plum for this, as this type of plum makes a very sweet wine that is very popular in the South. Trouble arises, however, when you start looking through the reams of pages available and get lost in the options. It is for this reason that you should do a search for “making plum wine” or something similar and stick with whatever process it recommends. One of the easiest methods for making plum wine is as follows.
One thing you’ll find you need for the basic plum wine making process is a list of equipment, which frankly can be very overwhelming. Don’t let this dissuade you, however! The good news is that there are many winemaking kits out there that have pretty much all the esoteric equipment you’ll need! Depending on what you want to make and other factors, a kit will cost you anywhere from $80 all the way up to $200. Your kit will also have more detailed directions for making wine.
Once you have your kit, you will need 6 lbs of plums and 3 lbs of sugar. Once you have that stuff, thoroughly wash the plums and remove all stems and other unwanted material. Now you have to extract the flavor. You do this by crushing and pressing the plums and adding half the sugar to create the “must” – the extracted fruit. Your kit will have more detailed directions for this.
Now it’s time to begin fermentation. For primary fermentation, once again follow the instructions your kit provides. During this time, you’ll have to add some additives such as yeast, sulfites and enzymes – all of which are essential. You also have to be sure to follow the directions to the letter and add the additives at the appropriate time. After everything is blended, cover your fermentation container with cloth and tie it with a rubber band. 48 hours later, add the other half of the sugar and mix well. Primary fermentation will take 3 to 10 days.
Now you move onto secondary fermentation. Secondary fermentation takes place in a glass jug called a carboy. Before you pour the wine into this vessel, however, it needs to be strained to get rid of all the pulp. Once in the carboy, the wine will need to ferment for an additional several weeks. During this period, you’ll need to “rack” the wine occasionally. Racking is the process by which you remove sediments from the wine by siphoning with a plastic tube.
Last, but not least, comes the bottling. Bottling is just as important as every other step, because if you don’t do it right all your work will be for naught. Siphon your wine into the bottles using the plastic tube you used for racking, taking care not to overflow the bottles. Cork the bottles and let them sit upright for three days. After this period, you should store them on their side at 55 degrees Fahrenheit in dark bottles for 6-12 months. The real final step, of course, is for you to enjoy your plum wine! Plum wine is a treat as-is, and if you make it yourself right in your own home that makes it all that more special!