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tchuklobrau 05-19-2011 01:12 AM

strawberry rhubarb wine?
any one have a recipe for this?

Atek 05-19-2011 01:41 AM

Jack Keller Does



Strawberry-Rhubarb is a great combination. Rhubarb has its own flavor, which is very nice and cam be exceedingly smooth when aged a year. But rhubarb has the uncanny ability to take on the flavor of anything blended with it, neither competing with the blend nor dominating it the way some other wines will. Proportions of each is really a personal choice, but I would mix up some trial blends and choose the best among them. I would tend to go strong on the strawberry just to ensure there is an adequate strawberry flavor to the wine, but you can then make test batches that back off from that strength. To do this, you should have one or more small beakers graduated in a milliliter scale. Mix 50 ml of each wine in a glass and allow to stand a half-hour before tasting. Mix additional samples using 40-60 strawberry-rhubarb and 30-70 strawberry rhubarb and taste all three blends (including the 50-50) in succession. To be fair, you should also try 60-40 and 70-30 blends, with the strawberry being the major component. Once you find the proportion that tastes best to you, then go ahead and blend larger amounts in this proportion.

Strawberry is of low-to-medium acidity and rhubard is of fairly high acidity, so the two ferment well together. The recipe below takes advantage of this fact but includes some white grape juice concentrate for added body. Any white grape juice concentrate will do, but the recipe specifies one you can buy in almost any American supermarket.


4 lbs. freshly picked (or frozen) ripe strawberries
2 lbs. fresh (or frozen) red rhubarb stalks
1 cup Welch's 100% White Grape Juice frozen concentrate
6 pints water
1¼ lbs. finely granulated sugar
1 tsp. citric acid
¾ tsp. pectic enzyme
1/8 tsp. powdered tannin
1 crushed Campden tablet
1 tsp. yeast nutrient
1 sachet Red Star Côte des Blancs wine yeast

Trim all leaves from rhubarb. Do not peel, but wipe clean and cut into thin, quarter-inch lengths. Lay slices in bottom of primary and sprinkle sugar evenly over them. Cover with clean cloth and allow to sit 24 hours. The juice from the rhubarb will have largely turned the sugar to a syrup. Using a sanitized spoon or spatula, scoop the rhubarb slices into a nylon straining bag containing the strawberries (sliced if fresh, thawed and chopped if frozen). Tie closed and lay in primary. Stir in all remaining ingredients except pectic enzyme and yeast. Cover primary for 12 hours, then add pectic enzyme and stir. Recover the primary and allow to sit another 12 hours. Stir must again to ensure all sugar is dissolved and add activated yeast. Recover primary and set aside. Punch down cap twice daily for 5-7 days. Remove bag and allow to drip-drain (do not squeeze) for at least 30 minutes. Combine drippings with liquid in primary and transfer to secondary, topping up if required. When fermentation in secondary stops (3-8 weeks), rack, top up and refit airlock. Rack again every 6 weeks until wine is clear and no longer dropping sediment. Stabilize and sweeten to taste if desired. If no renewed fermentation in 30 days, bottle the wine. Age 3-6 months, but no longer than one year. [Author's own recipe]

tchuklobrau 05-19-2011 11:13 AM

ok so im guessing by a general lack of h20 and sugar that this ia a 1 gallon batch.

dmcoates 06-20-2011 01:18 AM

Did this turn out good. I am wanting a good Strawberry Rhubarb wine

tchuklobrau 06-24-2011 06:19 PM

have not tried yet local strawberries are just coming into season

dmcoates 08-26-2011 01:37 AM

Well i just made this wine.
I used 50/50 rhubarb/strawberries so i could make an even 5gal batch. It is done fermenting and is in secondary now. It is only 3 weeks old but all i can say is it is really tart now. I am sure it will mellow out, Or i really hope it does. The wine has a very nice dark pink color.

Clothespinreferee 08-26-2011 02:18 PM

I made Rhubarb a couple years ago and it had an extraordinary amount of acid in it. As I recall, I added Calcium Carbonate to bring the acid level down. I would think that would account for the tartness. Especially if you added Citric acid on top of that as the recipe called for. Did you check your acid levels at all

janzz 08-27-2011 04:45 AM

I started mine 2 months ago. Tomorrow I'll rack it for the 2nd time. Here is the recipe for 5 gal:

rhubarb - 7.0 lbs
strawberries - 14.0 lbs
ginger root - 1/8 lbs
sugar - 6 lbs
water - 10 l
Welches white grape concentrate - 4 cans
pectic enzyme - 2.5 tsp
tannin - 1 tsp
hibiscus tea - 25 g
yeast nutrient - 3 tsp
yeast energizer - 1 tsp
calcium carbonate - 9.0 g
strawberry syrup - 1 l
yeast - D47
Campden tablets - 6

I cut rhubarb into 1" pcs and boiled in 5 l of water. I added CaCO3. I crushed strawberries and added Campden tablets, pectic enzyme and tannin. Sliced ginger root and mixed it in. I mixed grape concentrate and 6 lbs of sugar in 3 l of water. Brewed the 13 teabags of hibiscus tea in 2 l of water. All mixed in primary and left for cooling. Next day I pitched yeast, nutrient and energizer. Moved to secondary after 7 days of fermentation, adding 1 lb of sugar. Added 1 l of strawberry syrup after first racking. I will rack again tomorrow. The wine is pretty clear now, I'll let you know how it tastes.

dmcoates 08-27-2011 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by Clothespinreferee (Post 3204049)
I made Rhubarb a couple years ago and it had an extraordinary amount of acid in it. As I recall, I added Calcium Carbonate to bring the acid level down. I would think that would account for the tartness. Especially if you added Citric acid on top of that as the recipe called for. Did you check your acid levels at all

No i dont check the Acid, i am guessing now i should have. I added 3 tsp of Citric for the 4.5 gal batch. I am thinking now that would be to much. Is it to late to add any CaCO3. I am going to rack it again in a few more weeks and stabilize it

Clothespinreferee 08-29-2011 12:46 PM

My understanding is that it is always best to adjust the acid before you ferment it. It is also my understanding that it's difficult to check during the fermentation. I believe you can make adjustments afterwards, but it may effect the flavor.

You may also get a malolactic fermentation afterwards that reduces some of the acid. I have also had acid crystallize on the bottom of my carboy, but I think that was Tartaric acid (cream of tartar) and it was bulk aged for a long time.

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