Choke Cherry Wine
8 qt ripe choke cherries
12 qt water
1/4 oz dry yeast
1/4 lb chopped raisins (optional)
1 cup good brandy (optional)
Place chrries and water in large saucepan, bring to a boil, mash
and simmer 10 minutes. Strain off juice through a fine sieve or
jelly bag. Measure, and place in large crock or wine keg, add 1
1/2 lb sugar per 4 cups juice, mix and cool to luke warm. Add
yeast and raisins (if using), mix well, cover and ferment for 5
days or until bubbling has ceased. Stir well and add brandy if
desired. Keep covered for about 3 months, then filter and bottles.
After a few days, cork tightly and store in a dark, cool place for
6 months before using.