In my last post, I gave you the step-by-step for the first recipe for homemade banana wine. Today, I’ll show you the second method and recipe for making banana wine. Again, you’ll be making a 6-gallon batch.
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As you can see above, almost everything is the same as in the first recipe except the Campden tablets and the raisins.
All the recipes I saw called for about a 7-gallon container to boil the fruit in, basically a turkey fryer. I lost my turkey fryer, so the biggest pot I have holds only 3 gallons. Not to worry I will do it twice or more.
- Cut the bananas (peel and all) into slices about ½ to ¾ inch thick. Put them into a pot with about a gallon of water (again, I had only a 3-gallon pot.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. While the mixture is cooking, use a potato smasher and smash them up. Do this several times throughout the cooking.
- While the mixture above is boiling, use another pot and heat the sugar about the same amount of time, stirring so it dissolves and doesn’t burn and ruin the pot. (Again, a bigger pot would have been so much easier.)
- Add about a gallon of liquid to a 6.5 gallon bucket. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the yeast and stir it up.
4. Pour the hot sugar mixture into the bucket.
- Most recipes call for discarding the pomace (the cooked bananas) at this point, but I decided to put the pomace into a fruit bag, and then add it into the bucket. Cover with a towel.
- The next day, add the yeast. I could have added the yeast once the mixture cooled, however it was just easier to add it early the next day with the other one.
Crush the fruit several times over the next week, then put it in a 5-gallon carboy.
Notes between the two methods
1) Not having a BIG pot made the boiling method a lot more labor intensive.
2) Buying raisins added to the price of the mixture. However, every boiling method I have read tells you to add raisins for more body and viscosity.
3) Both recipes looked like muddy water when done. The Campden tablet looked a little more yellow. Don’t worry, it will clear up beautifully in the end!
4) Both are fermenting really well.
Both wines will take about 2 years to finish. Stay tuned to see the results! If you decide to try these recipes yourself, I’d love to hear your comments below. Pictures would be great, also!
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How to make Homemade Banana Wine – Celebrate Generation