Ribena is a quality syrup made that can well be added to fermenting solutions
to have on hand at all times. To use Ribena in winemaking, you reduce
accordingly the sugar in whatever recipes you have in mind. Also, the addition
of a bottle of Ribena per gallon will improve to the flavor and even the quality
of the homemade wine.
from this, there is no costly fruit to buy, no messy crushing-in fact nothing
much to do at all. And, most important of all, Ribena has been treated with a
pectin-destroying enzyme, which means that you could boil it if you wished
without fear of pectin clouding the finished wines. Such boiling would, of
course, kick off the SO2 and give you wine flavored somewhat cooked
blackcurrants. Apparently, what you wish to achieve when making wine with Ribena
will be to lessen the amount of sugar to about three and a half pounds per
gallon, by using half Ribena and half water. In doing this, you will lessen the
SO2 preservative and this amount is not likely to prevent fermentation. Here's
the stages you could use for the addition of Ribena syrup. All water used in the
procedure was first boiled and has been cooled naturally.
Stage 1: Two
bottles of Ribena were diluted with twice the amount of H2O (four Ribena bottles
full). Yeast was added and the mixture was allowed to ferment for ten
2: Next, after ten days, two additional bottles of Ribena and one
additional bottle of water are added and the batch is allowed to ferment for
another ten days.
Stage 3: After twenty days of fermentation, two
bottles of Ribena and one more bottle of water were added. The mixture was then
allowed to ferment for completion, taking, in all, three months. Of course, the
result was a good, round wine flavored delightfully though not too strongly of
Fermentation should be done in small-necked bottles
plugged with cotton wool or fermentation locks. Racking wasn't carried out until
about a month after the final addition & monthly racking followed until
fermentation stopped. At a young age, this wine was nice to drink, but it
improved enormously after 6 months.