Date And Raisin Wine

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  • 4 lbs dates
  • 1/4 lb chopped or minced golden raisins or sultanas
  • 1 lb 2 oz demerara or light brown sugar
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2 small lemons
  • 1/4 tsp pectic enzyme
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet
  • pinch (1/8 tsp) of tannin
  • 71/4 pts water
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1 packet wine yeast

Bring 2 quarts of water to a rapid boil. Meanwhile, slice the dates lengthwise to remove strips of date pulp from the seeds. Put pulp and seeds in primary. Chop or mince raisins and add to primary. Add the zest from all four citrus fruit to the primary and pour boiling water over contents of primary. Cover primary and set aside for 12 hours. Combine remaining water and sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add to primary with juice from citrus, crushed Campden, tannin, and yeast nutrient. Recover and set aside another 12 hours. Stir in pectic enzyme and cover once again. After additional 12 hours, add activated yeast and recover. Stir twice daily for one week. Strain through nylon straining bag, squeezing pulp well to extract flavors. Transfer liquid to secondary and fit airlock. Rack after one month, top up and refit airlock. Wait two months and rack, top up and refit airlock. Set aside until wine clears and is no longer depositing new lees (2-4 months). Rack, stabilize, sweeten to taste, top up, and refit airlock. After additional 2 weeks, bottle the wine. Age 2 years before sampling–longer if required. [Author’s own recipe]