Given Loganberrys are meant to be at their best about this time of year, I thought we'd do a seasonal wine today.
Loganberrys were discovered as a mistake when some raspberrys cross pollinated with a certain type of blackberry. As a result they're a sort of super-blackberry, which is high in vitamin C and very tasty. They also make a damn good wine, and if you happen to have 6lb of loganberry's lying around, this recipe that appears in the book '500 Recipes: Home-Made Wines and Drinks' by my favourite recipe lady Marguerite Patten which was published in 1963.
More than likely the recipe is older, but given the popularity of home-made wine and beers seem to come around in cycles I expect it will continue to be a home-brew favourite for years to come. I am told by Google it is 'Refreshingly tart and fruity. Wonderful with fruit, cheese, nuts and smoked salmon'
1 Gallon boiling water
To each gallon of water:
2.5 lb Sugar 1/4 oz of yeast
1. Put fruit into a container and pour over the water.
2. Mash firmly, pressing well to extract the juice and leave for 4 days to infuse.
3. Strain off liquid and measure.
4. Add sugar and yeast and leave in a warm place (65F to 75F) to ferment.
5. When bubbling ceases, stir well.
6. Leave for a further three days for the sediment to settle.
7. Strain through flannel or very thick muslin into a cask, filling this completely. If not clear, see the instructions below
8. Cork and leave for 6 months.
9. Pour into bottles, cork and store in a cool dark place to mature for another few months at least.
My wine isn't clear? What should I do?
Marguerite has some instructions about what to do if your wine isn't clear.
"If, after straining, your wine does not look clear check carefully that you are using a fine enough filter. It may well be that an extra two thicknesses of muslin, etc will immediately make a difference.
If, after fermentation and straining it is not clear, then you must use isinglass or egg white to ensure the wine is perfect to look at. The white of one egg is sufficient for several gallons. Whist it until firm, add to the wine in the container and leave for 24 hours. You should then be satisfied with the result"
"It may well be that the haze or cloudiness in the wine is caused by the sediment which is disturbed by tipping the container when straining the wine. This is why many people prefer to siphon rather than straining a wine.
There are actual faults in the wine that can cause a haze and this is a little difficult to rectify. In a dry wine it may be because it is becoming a little vinegary, a condition which will get worse rather than better, so the wine must be used at once."
"In a sweet wine, it could be because the yeast in providing a special growth. In this case the best solutions is to siphon the wine carefully into a new container, leaving the growth behind".