Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Recipe from the road, and a home video

Homemade (Organic) Wine

Since we are now suddenly overcome by the desire to DIY everything, despite our small living space, I decided to embark on my own homemade wine adventure. I also thought making my own organic, sulfate-free wine would be super fancy since you can't buy it in a store, at least I don't think you can. And believe it or not we DO have space for it!

For my first batch I went with an organic cranberry/blueberry/cherry mixture since that's all they had at that particular Winn Dixie. It came out very tasty, and strong! Plus I'm saving $$ since I haven't bought a bottle of wine (or beer for that matter) in probably a month and a half.

Start by mixing a cup of warmed juice with your packet of yeast. Let that activate while you pour 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar and 1 container of juice into your gallon container. Shake vigorously until the sugar is dissolved.  The amount of sugar you add just depends on your taste. 2 cups will make a fairly sweet wine. (I went with 1.5 cups). Add your yeast mixture, as well as the rest of the juice.  Leave some room at the top for bubbles! Shake it all up again.

Since I'm super lazy and did not happen to have a balloon in the RV, I just used the original cap, loosening it just enough to let access gas escape. Or you can use a balloon with a pin hole at the top. Put a note on your wine to indicate when it was started and what type of juice you used (this is more important if you make a second & third batch, etc.)

Now you have to patiently wait.. which is the worst, but worth it. Your wine should be done fermenting anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks. After most of the bubbles have subsided you can pour your wine into another "racking" container using a coffee filter and funnel. Filtering can be a slow process, and the filter may need to be rinsed a few times, especially toward the end. If you skip this step you will end up with a bunch of yeast 'dust' in your glass! 

Now simply let it age for 6 short months.. Kidding! Enjoy immediately. It's apparently supposed to taste even better after aging several months.. but I guess I'll never know. Make sure to leave the cap slightly loose at this point, as it will still expel a little bit of gas.

For my next batch I am trying Acai Berry because it was on sale for like $2.90 a bottle so I bought 10. I would love to try process using fresh fruit instead of store bought juice some day, but not in this rig :/.

If you make some yourself, let me know how it comes out!


  • 1 gallon juice of choice (about 2- 48oz containers)
  • ~ 2 cups sugar
  • 1 packet yeast

Also needed:

  • Funnel
  • Gallon sized container
  • Balloon or airlock (optional imo)
  • Coffee filters

And now for a tour of our RV after 4 months on the road:

Chilling' with James, Frankie and Rosann


lydia murray said...

This is the best post yet! Love your wine recipe and the tour of your home! Very impressed with how much fish in the freezer! Love seeing you all including Frankie and Maya.

Hana Rose Pavlov said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Pavlovs,
May every single moment of every single day be filled with peace, happiness and joy.
I've got my wine brewing. As Elizabeth said, "It's like watching paint dry but more fun." I suggest getting a bubbler cap or two the next time you have free shipping. They are really fun to watch! I also got a thermometer looking thing that tells you what your sugar level is. Both are cheap. I'm just using plain old Kroger frozen grape, apple and a little cranberry (plus lot's of honey). It is almost done. If I put some of the cloudy wine in the fridge for a few days, the yeast stops and settles to the bottom. It pours off nice and clear and finer tasting.
Elizabeth really liked the post and video, Me too.
I love you,

Hana Rose Pavlov said...

Great tips, I've been wondering how you & Elizabeth's batch is turning out! Will you be using Camden tablets on the final product? I like how you used honey in yours.