Prickly Pear Wine Recipe For Tammy…

Prickly PearI am about to make my first batch of Prickly Pear Wine. One of the lovely people at your company e-mailed some information and a wine recipe, but I seem to have misplaced it. I have five gallons of prickly pear juice in my freezer that I will use for the wine and other wine recipes this year.

The five gallons of juice I have in the freezer came from approximately 105 pounds of fresh fruit from the Sonoran Desert area in Arizona over a three year period.

Can you please send me the prickly pear wine recipe again and a guideline about using the juice versus the fresh fruit? I have everything but the additives like wine yeast, sulfites, etc.

Thanks!
mrs. “t”

Name: Tammy T.
State: Arizona
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Hello Tammy,

Sounds like you’ve got things lined up and ready to go except for the prickly pear wine recipe, itself. Sorry to hear you lost it, but that’s no big deal. I’ll just give it to you again, down below.

Any of the wine recipes you run across will list the fruit or produce in pounds or chopped volume. That’s just the way it is, and so it goes with the wine recipe below. It calls for 3 quarts of prickly pear, chopped.

You mentioned that 105 pounds of prickly pear resulted in 5 gallons of juice. Now all you need to know is how much 3 quarts of chopped prickly pears weighs and divide that into the 105 pounds to calculate how much of the juice you need to use.

 

Prickly Pear Wine Recipe
(1 Gallon)

3 Quarts – Prickly Pear (Chopped)Shop Strainers
1-1/4 Cup – Raisins (Chopped)
2 Pints – Water
2 Pounds – Cane Sugar
2 Teaspoons – Acid Blend
1/4 Teaspoon – Pectic Enzymes
3/4 Teaspoon – Yeast Energizer
1 – Campden Tablet (Crushed)
1 Packet – Wine Yeast (Montrachet)

You can follow the directions at the following link to our website: How To Make Homemade Wine

Happy Winemaking,
Ed Kraus
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Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.

11 thoughts on “Prickly Pear Wine Recipe For Tammy…

  1. Thanks EC Kraus! Here goes! One batch of Prickly Pear Wine coming up! I appreciate your assistance. I will let you know how it turns out when it’s ready to drink!
    "mrs. t"

    • From another site I saw them using 5-6 pounds prickly pears for a 1 gallon batch. I used that weight. of fruit cut up with some lemon juice then barely covered with boiling water & simmered for about 20 min. Then mashed the fruit & strained. I added 2 pounds of sugar which is 4 cups & that brought our SG to 1.092 .

  2. Sadly, 20 months have gone by and as expected, Tammy didn’t fulfill her promise of letting anyone know how the wine came out. No one keeps promises these days.

  3. I make wine from prickly pears i find growing in abandoned lots in the autumn in east sandiego. I just fill two big trash cans with good ripe fruit. Ones opened by birds with ants on them are the best. Be careful, wear gloves! Fill the cans and take home.
    Dump out on lawn. Spray off the ants, etc.
    Then re fill one trash can with water.
    Use to rinse the pears. Just rinse, smash in your hand, throw in a clean bucket, repeat…once all pears are smashed an in a clean bucket, pour just enough water to almost cover the fruit. Mix in some metabusulfite.
    Wait a day, with bucket covered with good porous cloth to keep out bugs but to let the sulfer gas leave after it sterilizes the pear fruit. Add good yeast, i like red star champagne yeast. also add copious amounts of pectic enzyme. Let it ferment. I add sugar and or honey at this time to make it stronger. When its quiet, about 1 to 2 weeks, rack into secondary fermentors and let it settle. One can use clarifying agents. I use knox gelatin. Let settle out and bottle. Delicious. Mine is usually tangy with a bit of a fizz like a purple champagne.

  4. I still have not been able to bottle my prickly pear as the texture is still rather slimy. Anyone else have this problem? It tastes good….

    • Jodi, I just started a batch last week and mine is really slimy too! It smells amazing but I don’t know how I could have avoided the slime… Any changes in yours?

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