Maple Wine

Recipe file created January 24, 2005.
It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of syrup. It only takes 12 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple wine.

Ingredients

Age all wines one year or more.

Recipe 1

  • 4 1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 oranges or 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 campden tablet
  • 1 package wine yeast

Recipe 2

  • 1 gallon maple sap
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 oranges or 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 2 campden tablets
  • 1 package wine yeast

Recipe 3

  • 12 gallons maple sap, reduced to 1 gallon
  • 2 oranges or 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 campden tablet
  • 1 package wine yeast

Place maple sap in primary fermentor. Add water and sugar, if using. Add oranges or lemon and campden tablets. Let sit overnight.

Next day, Specific Gravity should be 1.090 - 1.100. Stir in yeast. Stir daily for 5 to 6 days or until Specific Gravity is 1.040. Strain out fruit and squeeze as much juice out of it as you can. Siphon into secondary fermentor and add 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 or maple syrup 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.

The wine is best if you can refrain from drinking it for one full year from the date it was started.

NOTE:

If you have access to maple trees, try Recipe 3. Boiling the sap until you have 1 gallon left will give you the right sugar content for winemaking. The rest of us will have to buy maple syrup.

-- Rox

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