Apple Wine

This recipe produces a “vin ordinaire”. It is economical and is intended for everyday drinking. This wine is usually drinkable within weeks of fermentation.

Recipe for 1 Imperial gallon.


  • 6 cups of canned apple juice
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 1 tsp pectic enzyme
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1/2 tsp yeast energizer
  • 1 pkg Lalvin EC-1118 wine yeast
  • water to make up 1 gal


  1. Pour all ingredients into a jar or plastic bucket. Top to 1 gallon with water. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Add yeast. Fit an air lock and ferment at 70º – 75º F. When fermentation is almost ended (about 3 weeks) add 1 campden tablet, then 5 days later siphon into another 1-gallon jar and top up with cooled pre-boiled water. Fit airlock and move to a cool place. The wine is drinkable when it clears, and this normally only takes a few weeks. This will make a very dry wine. Add wine sweetener and conditioner if you like a sweeter wine.