2-one gallon jugs with caps, several smaller bottles, a 3-ft. length of plastic tubing (try the non-PVC kind), and muslin
- Minimum four ounces of fresh stems of marijuana stalks, leaves, branches (talk about reuse & recycle). No seeds, they’re just too oily.
- Fruit. Try two oranges and a lemon.
- About 3 pounds of wine or 3 pounds of sugar, or a mixture of honey and sugar totaling 3 pounds. If you like a more desert wine flavor, use an additional ½ pound of sugar; for a drier wine use ½ less.
- One fresh active yeast cake (not dry yeast).
- Place stems and leaves into the jug. Don’t skimp, use as much as possible.
- Squeeze the fruit juice into the jug. No canned or boxed juices, fresh is best.
- Heat 3 quarts of water to boil in a non-aluminum pan (consider avoiding non-stick too). Dissolve the sweetener in the water.
- Pour the water into the jug, cap and shake well. Loosen the cap and leave to cool.
- Use warm (not boiling) water to dissolve the yeast cake entirely.
- Check to see if the jug has cooled down. If it has, pour the yeast mixture into the jug, shake well and take the cap off.
- Pour about 2 inches worth of cool water into the jug, making sure to leave space at the top cover loosely.
- Place the jug in a dark area like a cupboard or closet. If the liquid bubbles out, just wipe it off.
- Over the next few days, occasionally unscrew the cap and push the contents down with a sterilized wooden spoon or kitchen utensil. Close the top loosely when done.
- Fermentation will last about 2 weeks, with the liquid bubbling to the surface. Add a bit of cool water during this time every few days and repeat pushing the contents down. Never keep the cap tightly closed.
- Average fermenting time is about 4 weeks. To check if it’s ready, tip the jug back and forth. If no bubbles rise from the stems, the fermentation is done. Do not shake the jug.
Bottling and Storing:
- When the process is complete, move the jug very carefully so as not to disturb the sentiments at the bottom.
- Uncap the jug and insert the plastic piping about one inch from the bottom. Siphon the contents into a clean glass jug through the muslin; this will remove the particles from the liquid. Don’t worry if the wine looks murky, it will dissipate in time.
- Take the new jug, cap it loosely and place in a dark place. The old jug can be thrown away, stems included.
- Leave the new jug in place, no moving or shaking it. A layer of dark sediment will gather at the bottom. Leave undisturbed for one month.
- Rinse several new bottles in boiling water and carefully siphon the wine into them over a muslin layer. Cap them and seal the cap with electrical tape or melted wax.
- The wine is ready, but it’s not aged well yet. Place the bottles back in their dark spot and leave for as long as possible. Consider leaving for another 6 months, this will greatly improve the taste and clarity.
Enjoy the green wine and make sure to tell us know how it goes!