Plum Wine

13 Jul

Plum Wine

  • Servings: 1 gallon
  • Difficulty: easy but tedious
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* 2.5 kg plums (picked fresh from beside the canal in our case)
* 1.5 kg sugar
* juice of one lemon
* 1 tsp wine yeast
* 1 tsp pectolase
* 1 gallon just-boiled water
Plums ready to be steeped for wine

Plums ready to be steeped for wine

Along a canal near us there are dozens of plum trees, all of them thick with fruit. In about half an hour we managed to gather 7 and a half kilos of fruit, and there are still plenty on the trees ripening away for us to try and grab another time. So naturally my first thought was of making wine.

Followed closely by a consideration of making chutney, especially as we have some nice chilli peppers for the extra hot stuff.

But as always, the wine comes first.

Firstly wash the plums, then slice them in half and remove the stones. We’re actually making about double the quantities in the recipe, but it should work for a gallon. Drop all of the plums into a bucket, and top it up with water just off the boil. Leave it for a few days to soak out the plummy flavour, stirring whenever you remember, before straining off the liquid into a new fermentation vessel. Add the sugar, top up to a gallon with water and stir energetically to dissolve.

Once dissolved add the lemon juice and wine yeast, and leave it to bubble away for five days – stirring regularly.

After the five days are up siphon the liquid into demijons, and leave it to ferment happily until finished. Rack whenever needed until it’s done, then bottle up and store or drink as needed.


Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Recipe, Wine


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10 responses to “Plum Wine

  1. Matt

    July 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, this is pretty cool. What are the flavor profiles you get out of something like this? Also what yeast are you using?

    • Old Boar

      July 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Generally we use general-purpose wine yeast for our wines. I’m not sure what sort of flavour profile we’ll end up with, but generally our country wines turn out quite dry and with a hint of the fruit rather than overpowering cordial tastes.

  2. lordsofthedrinks

    July 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Sounds great and we have plenty of plums these days. I was planning to make some homebrew beer soon but this is a great alternative. I might just give it a go. Cheers, Micky

    • Old Boar

      July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Hope it works for you – we’ve got another day to go before we can strain and start the fermentation.

      • lordsofthedrinks

        July 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

        Alright… I am now checking out more posts but you have an amazing blog. Making everything yourself from scratch, right up my alley. Really one big source of inspiration! 😀

      • Old Boar

        July 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        Thanks. 🙂 We’re hoping that with an allotment going we’ll have a chance to make a lot more, and now that we’ve got bees the plan is to do a real range of meads next year.

      • lordsofthedrinks

        July 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        You must have quite the piece of land that you can do all this. I just have a regular house with a small yard in Holland, so got to get large parties of plums and apples from the farmers. I am glad you know how to use this land in an optimal way! 😀

      • Old Boar

        July 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        The allotment is actually an area of land rented from the council, quite a common thing to have in the UK and going back a long way into the past.

        With the bees we’re keeping them on a nearby vineyard with their agreement. We actually live in a flat ourselves, so don’t have any land of our own (at the moment).

      • lordsofthedrinks

        July 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        I see… Actually great that you can live in a flat and still have such a piece of land. I’ll be sure to follow the developments!

  3. coffeewitholiver

    July 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I just now figured out how to see who my followers are on my blog, and came here and Wow! I love brewing, although I’ve only ever made mead (flavored with fruits and other things). I’m signing up to follow right away. Hope it’s ok, I pinned this recipe?


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