Make red wine in just 14 days

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Wine must be one of first beverages made by the human race to add some extra 'kick' to the festivities and celebrations. The red wine has been mentioned in the ancient scrolls and also in the great epics and Bible. Here is a simple recipe to prepare red wine within just 14 days.

Ingredients

3 kg black grapes

1.5 kg sugar

200 gms wheat grains

3 Thippali (long pepper)

3 cinnamon sticks

3 cardamom pods

4 cloves

A small piece of ginger (crushed)

200 gms beetroot

1 tbsp yeast

1 tsp sugar

Preparation

Wash the grapes in warm water

Dab the washed grapes with a clean cloth

Put the grapes in a mud jar

Crush the grapes using a wooden spoon

Add sugar and mix well

Add thippali, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and crushed ginger

Peel the beetroot and boil it in some water for 2 -3 minutes

When the water in which the beetroot has been boiled cools down, add it into the mud jar (the beetroot water adds color to the wine)

In a bowl mix yeast and sugar in warm water

When the yeast rises, add it into the jar

Add wheat grains and mix well

Place the lid on. However, it shouldn't be tightly shut

Seal the jar with a piece of clean white cloth

Stir the concoction for 10 days at the same time using a wooden spoon

Notes

Do not use metal vessels. Always use wooden spoon to stir the wine. Use boiled and cooled water. Beetroot was is added just for the color and not for flavour. Semolina or paddy grains could be used instead of wheat. Plump grapes used to extract juice are used here. So there is no need to add extra water.

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