Homebrewing and foraging rosehip wine

Rosehip wine brewed at home

I think ‘rose hip wine’ has to be the most adventurous of the foraged wine making I have attempted so far.

The must has now been racked and the cereal-y smell created throughout the fermenting process has now dissipated from the kitchen.

I have been making so much wine over the summer, and am so excited about the new expansion of skills. Currently, I have some Apple and Elderberry wine chugging away merrily in the kitchen, and some frozen elderberries for another Elderberry wine attempt – sweet this time. Oh, so many plans and with autumn closing in already.

So, rosehip wine.

As mentioned in a previous post on cooking with rosehips, I am finding using them unusual due to the high seed to flesh ratio and their irritating hairs. Still, I will not be dissuaded from trying several rosehip recipes while the rosebushes are groaning with them.

rosehips for wine making

Fresh, foraged rosehips ready to wash

I got this recipe from the book Booze by John Wright, number 12 in the River Cottage handbook series.

The rosehips used were the large fleshy ones, I believe they might be from Japanese roses. They’re great, because you can pick a large amount very quickly due to the size of the fruit.

Ferment bucket rose hip wine

Add rosehips to fermenting bucket

campden tablet home wine making

Add a crushed campden tablet

Pulped rosehip wine must

Mashed, pulpy rosehips

The wine is settling to a clear colour after the initial messy must:

must stirred yeast homebrew rosehip

Add the yeast

aerating rosehip homebrew wine

Day one of aerating daily

home brew rose hip must

Day two, the must got more orange

homebrew rosehip fermenting

Day three to five

So interested to see how this turns out – it is one that needs to sit for at least a year once bottled and should get better over time!

Rosehip wine bucket airlock

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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