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Make this the end of May or beginning of June, before the berries ripen.

Ingredients
  1. 1 gallon of water
  2. 6 lbs. of green gooseberries
  3. 3 lbs. of lump sugar
Directions
  • Any bruised or decayed berries, and those that are very small, should be rejected
  • The blossom and stalk ends should be removed, and the fruit well bruised in a tub or pan, in such quantities as to insure each berry being broken without crushing the seeds
  • Pour the water (which should be warm) on the fruit
  • Squeeze and stir it with the hand until all the pulp is removed from the skin and seeds
  • Cover the whole closely for 24 hours
  • Strain it through a coarse bag, and press it with as much force as can be conveniently applied, to extract the whole of the juice and liquor the fruit may contain.
  • To every 40 or 50 lbs. of fruit one gallon more of hot water may be passed through the marc, or husks, in order to obtain any soluble matter that may remain, and be again pressed
  • The juice should be put into a tub or pan of sufficient size to contain all of it, and the sugar added to it.
  • Let it be well stirred until the sugar is dissolved, and place the pan in a warm situation
  • Keep it closely covered, and let it ferment for a day or two
  • It must then be drawn off into clean casks, placed a little on one side for the scum that arises to be thrown out, and the casks kept filled with the remaining "must," that should be reserved for that purpose
  • When the active fermentation has ceased, the casks should be plugged upright, again filled, if necessary, the bungs be put in loosely, and, after a few days, when the fermentation is a little more languid (which may be known, by the hissing noise ceasing), the bungs should be driven in tight, and a spile-hole made, to give vent if necessary
  • About November or December, on a clear fine day, the wine should he racked from its lees into clean casks, which may be rinsed with brandy
  • After a month, it should be examined to see if it is sufficiently clear for bottling; if not, it must be fined with isinglass, which may be dissolved in some of the wine: 1 oz. will be sufficient for 9 gallons.
  • In March or April, or when the gooseberry bushes begin to blossom, the wine must be bottled, in order to insure its being effervescing

  • This wine should be prepared from unripe gooseberries, in order to avoid the flavour which the fruit would give to the wine when in a mature state. Its briskness depends more upon the time of bottling than upon the unripe state of the fruit, for effervescing wine can be made from fruit that is ripe as well as that which is unripe. The fruit should be selected when it has nearly attained its full growth, and consequently before it shows any tendency to ripen.

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

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