Lemoncello is easy enough to make and I might post a recipe tomorrow. Today we're making Brandy!
I found this 8 simple steps to making Brandy at wikihow.com and it's "oh so simple." The only problem I have with the recipe is there is no specific amount of yeast. I have NO idea how much yeast to use.
1. Choose a fruit such as peaches, pears, grapes or nectarine. Grapes or wine is the default choice.
2. Sterilize your receptacles (fermenting container, boiling pot). You want them to be as clean as possible. Do the same with your fruit.
3. Remove all stems and leaves. Fill your fermenting container with over %51 percent fruit.
4. Add %25 percent water. Your fermenting container or boiling pot should be only %75 full for safety reasons.
5. Mash with something similar to a manual potato masher.
6. Boil resulting concoction for five minutes stirring frequently.
7. Return to fermenting container and add the correct amount of yeast.
8. Cover, use an airlock, or leave uncovered, for a week or more.
After that you have %9-%15 A.B.V. wine. True brandy is made with grapes and/or other fruit with no added sugar. Brandy is the resulting liquid from distilling this wine.
Things you’ll need:
Fruit, such as peaches or blackberries
Something to ferment the brandy in (crock pots or large glass bowls with lids are best)
And now to solve the yeast issue! I found another recipe at helium.com and I've added it below. It's a much bigger recipe so you'll have to figure out how much brandy you'd like to make.
Making your own homemade brandy at home is easy, inexpensive, and an all natural choice when considering home distilling your own alcoholic beverages. All you need is a 5 gallon container, 4 quarts of berries or fruits, 10 pounds of sugar, 2 boxes of white raisins, 2 oranges, a block a baking yeast (found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores), and 4 gallons of water.
I prefer using a 5 gallon glass water bottle with a cork top that has a vent. This prevents any bugs from entering your mixture. Many use a crock and cover it with cheese cloth though.
Directions: To activate the yeast and melt the sugar, you must add warm water. Slowly stir in sugar to your water and yeast mixture. Add 4 quarts of cleaned berries or fruits. Add2 boxes of white raisins. Slice oranges into quarter and add them whole including the rhine. Stir vigorously until mixed well.
Let stand covered and stir once a day for seven days.
Let stand for 21 days, and the brandy is ready to serve.
Because brandy is a distilled product, some might debate the fact that the results from this recipe would produce wine. In fact, it does, but it is a very potent and sweet wine that will stimulate any discriminating taste bud.
If you use champagne yeast, it will result in a greater alcohol content, but it will need require unnatural ingredients added to the mixture in order to slow the process. If you do not use the additive, you end up with a disturbing type of grain alcohol that tastes horrible.
I got this recipe a few years ago, and I've made many types of brandy with it. My favorite is strawberry, but you can use blueberries, black berries, rasberries, or any type of berry that is edible even elderberries to make this delicious concoction.
It is best served cold and shared with friends. This comes with a warning though. I live in a small remote village, and when I first started making this I developed more friends. The problem was, I was responsible for keeping all my friends drunk. They loved my brandy so much that they would show up at my house all the time, and ask continually for to-go bottles.
Moderation is the key. If your friends are like many of mine, they do not know the meaning of the word, and you might stop making this recipe, and if you do make it, you will not tell anyone but your closest friends or relatives.
If you intend to make this tasty recipe, start saving empty glass bottles to store your creation. Plastic bottle explode upon opening. I do not recommend using plastic storage bottles.