Red Clover


"It makes a reasonable wine."

Red clover wine can be made with either fresh or dried red clover flowers. Pick the clover flowers early in the morning, but after any dew from the early morning pre-dawn has evaporated. After picking, remove the stems and wash the flowerheads well. You can pick more flowers than needed and dry them for future use. To dry, lay them on a cookie sheet and let the pilot from your gas oven dry them. Turn every 2-3 hours until absolutely dry. If you don't have a gas oven, you'll have to use a dehydrator. When dried, measure 2-1/2 ounces by weight and seal these in a ZipLoc bag for later use to make one gallon of wine. Use recipes below, substituting dried flowers for fresh.


RED CLOVER WINE (1)




Bring 1/2 gallon water to boil and dissolve sugar in it. Destem and wash the flowers and put in primary. Pour boiling water over flowers and add grape juice, acid blend, tannin, yeast nutrient, and water to bring up to one gallon total liquid. When lukewarm, add yeast. Knock down cap 2-3 times daily. After 7 days, strain liquor into secondary and fit airlock. Rack after 60 days, top up, refit airlock and set aside 4 months. Wine should be clear. Stabilize, wait 10 days, rack, sweeten to taste, and bottle. Wait 6 months before tasting. [Adapted recipe from W.H.T. Tayleur's The Penguin Book of Home Brewing & Wine-Making]


RED CLOVER WINE (2)




Slice bananas and bring to boil in 1 qt water. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain over flowers and sugar in primary. Add water to make up one gallon and remaining ingredients except yeast, stirring well to dissolve. When lukewarm, add yeast and cover with cloth. Knock down cap 2-3 times daily. After 7 days, strain liquor into secondary and fit airlock. Rack after 30 days, top up, refit airlock and repeat after additional 60 days. Set aside 3 months. If wine is clear, stabilize, wait 10 days, rack, sweeten to taste, and bottle. If not clear, rack, top up, refit airlock, and set aside to clear. When clear, stabilize, wait 10 days, rack again, sweeten to taste, and bottle. Wait 6 months before tasting. [Adapted recipe from W.H.T. Tayleur's The Penguin Book of Home Brewing & Wine-Making]


RED & WHITE CLOVER WINE




Bring 1 qt water with honey in it to boil. Hold a low boil for 10 minutes, skimming as necessary. Remove from heat and skim again if required. Strain over flowers and add water to make up one gallon. Add remaining ingredients except yeast, cover with cloth and set aside to cool. When lukewarm, add yeast. Knock down cap 2-3 times daily. After 10 days, strain liquor into secondary and fit airlock. Rack after 30 days, top up, refit airlock and repeat every 2 months until clear. Rack again and set aside 4 months. Stabilize, wait 10 days, rack, sweeten to taste, and bottle. Taste after 6 months. [Author's own recipe]


This page was updated on September 26th, 2003

If our website has helped you in your wine or mead making endeavors
and you feel moved to contribute to help offset our expenses, you may...


Home Page Prelude My Approach Getting Started Glossary of Terms Search This Site
The Basic Steps Advanced Winemaking All About Yeast Using Your Hydrometer Winemaker's Library Winemaking Links
Winemaking Recipes Requested Recipes Winemaking in Texas Wines From Edible Plants Native North American Grapes Visitor-Submitted Recipes
Wine Labels Conversions and Equivalents Measuring Additives Winemaking Problems Jack's WineBlog The Author