One 96 oz can of Blackberry Fruit Base
6 cans warm water (4.5 gallons)
14 lbs. corn sugar or 12 lbs. white table
6 tsp. acid blend
4 tsp yeast nutrient
2.5 tsp pectic enzyme
5 tsp potassium bisulfite solution
1 pkg Red Star Premiere Cuvee wine yeast, or Cote
des Blanc wine yeast for a sweeter wine
2.5 tsp potassium sorbate to stabilize
1. Sanitize all equipment and utinsils with
bisulfite solution (5 tsp potassium bisulfite in 1 cup
2. Put fruit into straining bag, tie bag and add to
3. Add all ingredients EXCEPT for the last
Stir well to dissolve sugar. Starting Gravity should
be about 1.085-1.090.
4. Cover and let sit overnight to allow SO2 to be
5. Sprinkle yeast on top of juice (must). Temperture
should be 70-80 deg. F.
6. The next day, stir top half of must. Repeat daily
until specific gravity lowers to 1.040 (4 or 5 days).
7. When gravity reads 1.040 remove bag of fruit.
Press and strain juice from pulp and discard the pulp. Siphon must
into secondary vessel, like a carboy. top up with water to minimize
airspace and attach airlock.
8. Siphon wine again in 3-4 weeks when gravity reads
1.010 to 1.000. Add 1 tsp bisulfite solution per gallon of
9. After wine is clear (2-3 months) stabilize to
prevent renewed fermentation and sweeten with wine conditioner to
taste if too dry.
10. Wine can be consumed at this point, but will
benefit with aging of 6 months to one year.
3/5/2012 -- Do I have to buy the ingredients necessary to make the wine seperate from the wine base kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Other ingredients required are: acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, campden tablets or bisulfite, potassium sorbate and wine yeast.If you are after an "all-in-one" fruit wine kit, we have those too. See link below.
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Here is a video of our shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XIHeck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
12/15/2007 -- I grow blackberrys to make wine. This last spring we had a late freeze and as a result I had very few berries. I normally use two pounds per gallon but cut it down to one pound which yielded weak wine so I ordered two cans of your blackberry base. Now my wine smells and tastes like perfume. What went wrong?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hard to say from your description. I am quite sure it is not a result of the wine base, however. That product has been used to make LOTS of excellent wine.Some additives, such as potassium sorbate, can leave a "geranium-like" flavor and aroma if they are over-used...have no idea if that is the case.
3/28/2005 -- My first batch turned out great!! Now I would like to make a 5 gal batch with 2 cans of concentrate. Do I double all ingrediants or what? Thanks,
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not necessarily. You will need to measure the sugar level to determnine how much to add. Bring the potential alcohol level up to no more than say, 13% prior to fermentation.
3/22/2005 -- I'm using Blackcurrants as a fruit base,and having just read the recipe in the Q&A's section and was curious to hear suggestions on the juice concentrations and nutrient type as I was intending to make a heavy one.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't sell a blaccurrant fruit base.
11/13/2004 -- to make 5 gallons of blackberry wine..is it better to add 1 can of base and 1 can of puree for a better aroma and taste??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: More fruit means more fruit flavor. We don't sell a blackberry puree, however; just the blackberry fruit wine base.
10/10/2004 -- A friend of mine is into making wine at home in his spare time. I asked him what it would take to make me some fruity wines, perhaps a blueberry or blackberry wine. He said I would need a fruit puree enough to make 5 gallons. My main question is this, would I be better off to purchase the Oregan fruit puree or the wine fruit base of my choice? How long does it usually take ship and what forms of payment do you accept?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the fruit wine bases. They are larger than the cans of puree, and are made for wine. A recipe is on each can.Shipping time depends on where you live(?)...typically, ground shipment takes 5-7 business days if you are east of the Mississippi, and less if you are closer to us. We are located in Everett, WA.We accept VISA, Mastercharge, American Expresss, Discover, Paypal, and if you mail your order in we take checks, money orders and even CASH!
8/2/2004 -- i was looking for a plum fruit base & came across your complete package for wine making for fruit bases. does it come with instructions on how much of each ingredient is needed & would i then be able to buy that & then 3 cans of fruit base to make 15 gallons of wine? how much sugar is needed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The fruit bases come with a recipe (instructions) on each can. Recipes (5 gallons)typically call for:one can of fruit base6 cans of water (4.5 gallons)11 lbs of table sugar7 tsp Acid Belnd3 tsp Yeast Nutrient3 tsp Pectic Enzyme1 tsp Tannin5 tsp bisufite solution (potassium bisufite mixed with water)1 pckg wine yeast 2.5 tsp potassium sorbate to stabilize
4/10/2004 -- approxamately , how many of pounds of fresh berries would one 96 ounce of fruit base be equal to?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I have never seen a conversion for that. I would guess maybe 12-15 lbs? Just a guess, however.
10/31/2003 -- Instead of ordering your peach wine base, would a large can of peaches from the grocery store work just as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not. Most have been sweetened AND treated with preservatives that would prevent it from fermenting properly.
7/28/2003 -- Even though you say one unit of fruit base will make 5 Gal. if I use one and a half or two units will I get a richer flavor and a fuller body wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely! Just be sure to cut down on the sugar a bit. Shoot for a 1.090 (or so) specific gravity.
7/7/2003 -- Can the Blackberry fruit wine base be used in making mead? Could I use 12 lbs. of honey instead of sugar or corn sugar?Thanks,Jeff
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! We are only limited by our imagination and common sense. This easily fits into both. It will take longer to ferment, is all, and will require more aging to really bring out the flavors.Technically, this would be called a "melomel" (fruit mead).
6/23/2003 -- Is one unit of base enough to make 5 gallons of wine? What is the cost of shipping?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; along with sugar, yeast etc. For a really FULL flavored wine, we recommend using two cans.The cost of shipping depends on where you live (not available to me) and how you want it shipped. You can determine the shipping cost, however, by adding the item to your online shopping cart, and then clicking on "Determine Shipping and Sales Tax". No sales tax is charged on out of state orders.
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