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


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