Cranberry Wine


  • 2 pounds cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 3 pounds granulated sugar (about 6 3/4 cups)
  • 1 campden tablet
  • 1 teaspoon nutrients
  • 1/4 teaspoon pectic enzyme
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon acid blend
  • 1 package wine yeast
  • 1 gallon water


  1. Chop cranberries coarsely. The goal here is the break the skin on every berry to help the juice leach into the water. Place them in the primary fermentor. Add raisins, water, sugar, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, acid blend and crushed campden tablet. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Let sit overnight.
  2. The next day, check the specific gravity. It should be between 1.110 and1.115. Add yeast and mix in well. Cover primary fermentor. Stir daily for five days.
  3. Strain fruit, squeezing out as much juice as possible. Put into secondary fermentor and place airlock on the bottle.
  4. For a dry wine, Rack in three weeks and return to secondary fermentor. Rack again in three months, and every three months until 1 year old. Bottle.
  5. For a sweet wine, rack at three weeks. Add 1/2 cup sugar dissolved in1 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.
  6. This wine is best if you can refrain from drinking it for a year and a half from the date it was started.