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Requested Recipe:


"I would be interested in getting a recipe for corn wine if you have one." Bob, Wisconsin


Terry Garey reports that in Europe corn refers to wheat and maize refers to what North Americans call corn. She therefore calls the wine made from the recipe below "Maize Wine." Having thus qualified what we are talking about, I will call it corn wine for my North American audience and maize wine for anyone who prefers to call it that.

I have never made this wine, so I cannot say if the result is a good wine or just a so-so wine. However, I have never used a Terry Garey recipe that didn't make an acceptable wine. I would be very surprised if this wine proved to be the exception.

Cracked corn can be purchased at feed stores and other stores that sell feed for birds or chickens. Do no attempt to make this wine with fresh corn.


Rinse the corn well, checking for any pebbles or other foreign matter. Put chopped raisins and corn in a bowl and cover with enough water to cover the corn. Soak overnight. The next day, pour corn and raisins in a fine nylon straining bag, tie the bag closed, and put in primary. Pour the soaking water into primary. Put remaining water on to boil with sugar in it. Stir well as water heats up until sugar is dissolved and water comes to a boil. Pour water into primary. Add the acid blend, yeast nutrient and tannin. Cover primary with a sheet of plastic held in place with a large rubber band or loop of elastic. When cooled to room temperature, add crushed Campden tablet, recover, and set aside for 24 hours. Meanwhile, boil a cup of orange juice, transfer to a sterilized pint jar and set in refrigerator 30 minutes to cool. When cool, add yeast to orange juice and cover with plastic wrap. After 24 hours, add orange juice to primary. Stir daily for two weeks. Remove bag of corn/raisins and allow to drip drain (do not squeeze). Discard corn/raisins, recover primary and allow liquor to settle overnight. Rack into secondary and fit with airlock. Rack every two months for six months. After sixth-month racking, check for dryness. If not completely dry (specific gravity of 0.990), allow another two months and rack again. When dry, bottle the wine. May drink immediately. [Adapted from Terry Garey's The Joy of Home Winemaking]

My thanks to Bob in Wisconsin for the request.

This page was updated on August 25th, 1999

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