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    I was browsing through an old cook book from the 1920's looking for a Ginger Cordial recipe when I came across this. An interesting recipe for Potato Wine which is ready in two weeks!!! This is the recipe exactly as it appears in the book.!

    Potato Wine

    Strangely as it may seem, a very nice wine can be made with potatoes When potatoes are being dug, put aside the little ones that are too small for cooking as they answer very well for this purpose.

    1/2 gallon small Potatoes
    3 lb Demerara Sugar
    1 gallon Water
    2 juicy Lemons
    rind of 3 Oranges

    Time: 45 minutes Temperature: boiling


    Scrub the potatoes thoroughly clean. If they are very small, cut them in halves, if larger into quarters, but do not peel them. If large ones are used, measure them after they are cut. Put them in a boiler with the water, bring to the boil, then boil gently for fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, slice the lemons and put them in an earthenware pan large enough to hold the liquid, add the orange rinds and 3 lb of demerara sugar. Strain the potato liquuor and pour it on the lemons, etc. Return it to the boiler and boil gently for half an hour. Then strain it through muslin into a pan. Leave until cold, then bottle and cork securely. It will be ready in a fortnight, but improves with keeping
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    I was browsing through an old cook book from the 1920's looking for a Ginger Cordial recipe when I came across this. An interesting recipe for Potato Wine which is ready in two weeks!!! This is the recipe exactly as it appears in the book.!

    Potato Wine

    Strangely as it may seem, a very nice wine can be made with potatoes When potatoes are being dug, put aside the little ones that are too small for cooking as they answer very well for this purpose.

    1/2 gallon small Potatoes
    3 lb Demerara Sugar
    1 gallon Water
    2 juicy Lemons
    rind of 3 Oranges

    Time: 45 minutes Temperature: boiling


    Scrub the potatoes thoroughly clean. If they are very small, cut them in halves, if larger into quarters, but do not peel them. If large ones are used, measure them after they are cut. Put them in a boiler with the water, bring to the boil, then boil gently for fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, slice the lemons and put them in an earthenware pan large enough to hold the liquid, add the orange rinds and 3 lb of demerara sugar. Strain the potato liquuor and pour it on the lemons, etc. Return it to the boiler and boil gently for half an hour. Then strain it through muslin into a pan. Leave until cold, then bottle and cork securely. It will be ready in a fortnight, but improves with keeping
    No yeast?,I wonder how the sugar is changed into alchohol,and in such a short time.I've used all my tatties,but will try with the little uns next year.

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    It must rely on natural yeasts in the air. I can only summise the small amount of yeast in the air starts a minor fermentation in the bottles giving a sparkling wine? Seems a bit like a recipe for exploding bottles, but I think I will still give it a try!
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    Sounds good to me Snadgar. Wish i had that recipe earlier in the year. Spent quite a lot of time peeling my many small potatoes to use up with my herby potato and tomato soup as i could'nt quite bring myself to throw them out.Would have saved myself a lot of bother and would have had some nice wine at the end of it. Oh well, maybe next time....

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    Default Potato wine ??

    Chemically it can only make a 1% ginger beer style drink and that is only if it can get infected with the correct wild yeast. I would guess that the origonal recipe said 'Cover the crock and leave to ferment' before bottling.
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    Potato beer maybe?
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    All you would need to add to your brew, with 3lb of sugar is some yeast and you would end up with a very strong potato wine. Usual rules apply, might be difficult to clear with boiled potatoes. You could use it to make Poteen, must not say that AAARGH!
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