Friday, June 3, 2011

Home Brewed Raisin Wine


















Raisin wine was first introduced to me by my colleague Miss N a year ago and since then I have been using them in my chinese cooking very often and I can also drink it neat especially have it chilled :)  Sweetness can be adjusted. If you want it sweeter, you can add in more of the rock sugar or reduce it if you want it less sweet. And the water content can be reduced if you want it more stronger.  If you are keen to try making your own raisin wine , read on for the recipe........




The ingredients used are dried yellow raisins, yeast for making wine as shown on the right hand side of the picture above ( chow paeng / ragi ) and rock sugar or cane rock sugar and room temperature boiled water.  The important thing to remember is that the bottle used for brewing the wine must be properly sterilized and big enough for the brewing process. Otherwise , it will spill over during the brewing process. The brewing process takes 3 months.  Before you can consume them, you have to filter it with a muslin cloth or a fine seive and the wine must be kept in a sterilized jar in the fridge. It can keep for a year or so....but mine will not last that long , for I uses them very often for my cooking :)  

 

Love the rich golden color and the strong smell of alcohol
 in this homebrewed raisin wine . 


















As promised  , here is my friend's recipe for making your own home brewed raisin wine. 


Home Brewed Raisin Wine


Ingredients :

1 kg dried yellow raisins - wash, steamed , cooled
3-4 packets of rock sugar/can rock sugar
2 big + 4 small pieces of wine yeast / ragi / chow paeng - grind coarsely
4 - 5 litres of boiled water - cooled before using  ( used only 4 litres if you want a stronger alcohol taste )

Take note * sterilized glass bottle for the brewing to avoid contamination

Method:

Wash the dried raisin and steamed it for 15 mins. Take out and cooled it.

Prepare layering :-


Place a layer of raisin in the sterilized bottle , sprinkle a layer of yeast on the raisins  , followed by a layer of sugar and repeat the process till all the raisins ,yeast and rock sugar are used up.  Gently pour in the water without disturbing the layers of raisins and yeast.  Close tight the lid and store in a dark place for 3 months.  Filter the wine before consuming.



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21 comments:

  1. Hey momsie, this looks interesting. I've made before raisins soaked in gin tonic but that one, eat the raisins and not drink the wine, for health reasons.Will attempt this when I find the time, don't know when!

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  2. I loves raisin wine too especially cook chicken wine with lots of ginger.

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  3. Perfect for confinement, but too late for me to make any now :)

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  4. This is waaay interesting! My mum used to make wine out of every vegetable or fruit she could lay her hands on and my dad was the ever willing guinea pig. But, unfortunately, I've never really taken an interest until I started to cook. I have a question ... when do i add the rock sugar in? Do I boil it with the water? (ok, that's 2 questions) :D

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  5. where can i get the "Chow Peng"? Chinese med hall ka? Agak2 how much is the price?

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  6. Thanks Elin for sharing this. I am going out to get some rock sugar and raisins today. Can't wait to try this out.

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  7. Cheah....yea you should try this :)

    Amelia....:) I steamed crabs with it and it is yummy :)

    Wendy....haha no need for confinement...can have this anytime. Confinement- take DOM together with the black chicken soup :)

    Ping...thanks for bringing it up . I missed out the sugar part. I have edited it :) Please read again the instructions as edited :) Feel free to ask as many questions as you like :) I won't charge you for them , infact I an honored that you trust me with those answers :)

    Kathy...any grocer will have...even Tesco is selling them for 80sen per piece :)

    Gertrude...you are welcome :) Summer time is the best time for you to make it :)

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  8. hopefully cheah will make this first and pass me some! cheah! cheah! i hope you come back and read this..haha!

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  9. It's finally out! Bookmarking this to try out!

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  10. oh ya ka...okay okay thanks will go tesco and find

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  11. Elin, I've already bookmarked this for later use. I also wanted to try out the fresh grapes too. They taste even stronger according to my friend. Can't wait to make both. haha.... But the problem is no more empty bottles already!
    Have a great day.
    Kristy

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  12. Perfect time to make wine. As you have mentioned 3-4 packs of rock sugar could you pls mention how many grams it has to be? and 2 big + 4 small pieces of wine yeast/ ragi? We don't get wine yeast in the Middle East so how much of ragi can I use.

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  13. 1 week ago I make this raisin wine but I found on top got a green layer. Is it like tht or spoil? Thanks

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  14. Hi Carmenlai,

    oh ...if it has a green layer...it means it is spoilt. Be careful when making this...make sure your bottle is sterilized and clean.

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  15. How to sterilized? I just take it dry under the sun. Normally on the top like how? So cannot drink anymore? Thx

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    1. You have to boil the bottle first then dry in the sun. Your wine is contaminated and you cannot drink it. Please throw away.

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  16. Do I need to boil the rock sugar with water? Coz I found ur recipe didn't mention boil sugar with water. Thx for reply

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    1. Nope you dont need to boil the sugar.

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  17. Elin, can I boil sugar with water? Coz I think the sugar can't dissolve if not boil with water.

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    1. you can but make sure the sugar water is cool down to room temperature before you add to the raisins with the wine yeast. Seal the bottle and leave in a cool place away from heat.

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  18. Elin, may I know do I have to boil the wine after 100 days before consume? If no boil is it safe to consume? Thx

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