And How To Make It
~A Recipe for Champagne~
Makes: 1 bottle (25 ounces)
Ingredients for Wine
· 100 white grapes
· 3 teaspoons of sugar
· 1 batch of yeast (see How to Make Yeast)
Ingredients for Yeast
· 2 cups of white grapes
· 1 cup of orange juice
· 1 teaspoon of sugar
How to Make Yeast
Step 1: Place the grapes in a glass bowl and crush them so that their juice can be used. Add orange juice until the fruit is just covered. Add sugar. Stir well, then cover it with a cloth or kitchen towel. Place bowl in a warm area, from 75 to 80 degrees.
Step 2: Let the mixture sit and ferment for a day or two until it has formed at least an inch of a foam layer on the top. Stir the mixture every 6 hours or so during this time, because the oxygen helps with the fermentation.
Step 3: Stir the mixture well and pour it through a coarse strainer. Use for wine mixture.
How to Make Champagne
Step 1: Add sugar and pre-made yeast to 100 profusely smashed white grapes. Stir and put in a thick walled glass bottle and it seal with a bottle cap. Place in a cool cellar (55-60 degrees) and let slowly ferment for five years.
Step 2: After letting the bottle age, place it upside down in a holder at a 75 degree angle. Once a day turn the bottle 1/8th of a turn while still keeping it upside down. Keep the neck of the bottle in an ice bath.Step 3: Repeat Step 2 for three more years. Then pop open the chilled bottle for your long awaited drink of champagne. Enjoy!