Recipes for making fruit brandy?
May 24, 2010 8:37 PM Subscribe
I am interested in trying to make fruit brandy. I have searched on the internet but have come up with many different (and conflicting) recipes so would like to hear people's suggestions and experience.
posted by CTORourke to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I recently identified the fruit growing on the tree at the house I rent as loquats. I got up the nerve to eat one, and holy cheese-monkies, they are tasty.
Unfortunately, it looks like the tree is only in season for a short time, and the fruit are going bad quickly. I looked up ways of making preserves or something out of them, and came across a mention of making fruit brandy. It seemed simple enough, and I was intrigued, so I looked for more information.
The information I found is conflicting. One recipe says just shove the fruit in a jar, packed in sugar, and let sit. Some recipes say fruit, sugar, and some brandy to start. Some tell me to add yeast*, some do not. One says to just put them in water. Some say closed containers**, some say open containers. I am wondering if these different methods work best for different fruit, or if they result in different end products.
I have never done any sort of homemade alcohol before, but as a scientist, I hope I can handle it. ;) Quick, share your recipes/experiences before all my fruit goes bad!
*I imagine fruit flies have already deposited yeast cultures on my spotty an brusied fruit, so adding extra yeast seems unnecessary
**I am worried about a closed container exploding from the C02 gases releasing from the fermentation process.