Fireweed Wine

Recipe file created July 12, 2004.
Fireweed is a violet flower. It got its name from the fact that it is one of the first plants to grow after a forest fire.

Ingredients

The best wines are made from scratch.
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound raisins
  • 2 oranges, juice and rind
  • 8 cups fireweed blossoms (lightly packed)
  • 1 teaspoon nutrients
  • 2 campden tablets
  • 1 package wine yeast
  • water
  • Boil the sugar in 1/2 gallon water. Pour into primary fermentor and add chopped raisins. Add 1/2 gallon water. Let sit overnight.

    Specific Gravity should be 1.100. Add Fireweed flowers (make sure there are no stalks/leaves or other green parts) and all other ingredients including yeast. Stir daily for 4 days.

    Strain and put liquid in secondary fermentor. Attach an airlock.

    For a dry wine, rack in three weeks, and every three months for one year. Bottle.

    For a sweet wine, rack at three weeks. Add 1/2 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup wine. Stir gently, and place back into secondary fermentor. Repeat process every six weeks until fermentation does not restart with the addition of sugar. Rack every three months until one year old. Bottle.

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