Note: Those who do not brew, may procure the sweet-wort and tun from any brewer. Sweet-wort is the liquor that leaves the mash of malt before it is boiled with the hops; tun is the new beer after the whole of the brewing operation has been completed.

Time: To be boiled 10 minutes; to stand 3 days after mixing; to ferment 3 days; to remain in the cask 2 mouths before the raisins are added; bottle 6 months after.

  1. 5 gallons of water
  2. 28 lbs. of sugar
  3. 6 quarts of sweet-wort
  4. 6 quarts of tun
  5. 3 lbs. of raisins
  6. 1/2 lb. of (rock) candy
  7. 1 pint of brandy
  • Boil the sugar and water together for 10 minutes
  • skim it well, and put the liquor into a convenient-sized pan or tub
  • Allow it to cool; then mix it with the sweet-wort and tun
  • Let it stand for 3 days, then put it into a barrel; here it will work or ferment for another three days or more
  • bung up the cask, and keep it undisturbed for 2 or 3 months
  • After this, add the raisins (whole), the candy, and brandy
  • In 6 months' time, bottle the wine off

  • Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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