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Makes one gallon.

Ingredients:

3 qts. Prickly Pear 1-1/4 cup Raisins
2 pints Water 2 lbs. Sugar
3/4 tsp. Yeast Energizer 2 tsp. Acid Blend
1 tsp. Pectic Enzyme 1/8 tsp. Potassium Metabisulfite
1 pkg. Wine Yeast  

Keep your acid tester and hydrometer handy. As with all wild fruit the sugar and acid content varies greatly from year to year and even from one location to another. The recipe above is a general recipe to use which you may have to adjust.

Directions:

  1. Break or singe off stickers. Wash, chop and mash up prickly pears and chop up raisins.
  2. Put prickly pears and raisins in the nylon straining and place in the primary fermenter.
  3. Add water and all remaining ingredients, except yeast. Stir well.
  4. Cover primary fermenter.
  5. Wait 24 hours, then add yeast and re-cover primary fermenter.
  6. Stir daily, check S.G. and press pulp lightly to aid extraction.
  7. When S.G. reaches 1.040 (usually 3-5 days), lightly press juice from bag. Then syphon juice into glass container and attach airlock.
  8. When S.G. reaches 1.000 (usually about 3 weeks), fermentation is complete. Syphon juice off sediment into clean glass container. Re-attach airlock.
  9. To aid in clearing, syphon again in 2 months and again, if necessary, before bottling.
  10. Allow the wine to age.

To sweeten your wine, add 1/2 stabilizer, 1/8 tsp. potassium metabisulfite and stir. Then add1/4 lb. dissolved sugar per gallon and stir again.

 

 

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