26/09/2014 at 19:59
? Anyone for "Green Tomato Wine" (after C Shave, from Amateur Winemaker - 130 New Winemaking Recipies 13th edition 1972, edited by CJJ Berry)
4lb green tomatoes, 1 quart balm leaves, including stalks, 1lb raisins, sultanas or currants (can be mixed), 1lb maize, barley or wheat, 2 lemons or oranges (or 1/2 oz citric acid in lieu), 3lb sugar, 1 gallon water, 1/2 pint cold tea (no milk!) Activated yeast & nutrient.
Soak the grains overnight. Scald the dried fruit and pass the grains, leaves & stalks, together with the tomatoes, dried fruit, fruit rinds (no white pith) through a mincer or liquidiser). Place the minced ingredients in the fermenting vessel & add the sugar. When cool, add the cold tea, fruit juices and citric acid, activated yeast and nutrient. Ferment for seven days - cover with muslin cloth or similar to exclude fruit flies etc, then strain into glass demijohn(s). Fit airlock, ferment and rack in the usual way. Put in steriised bottles & cork when completely fermented [2-4 months likely].