Homebrewing wine or mead (honey wine) in small, one gallon batches is one of my favorite things to do. It’s easier than you would think to put together, and is always exciting when it comes time to taste it! This homemade spiced pomegranate wine is a gorgeous deep red color, not unlike red wine, and is perfect for the holidays!
Artisanal Small-Batch Brewing Book
I love this book because all of the recipes are for one gallon batches! It includes mead, country wine, cider, beer, plus some recipes for using your amazing homebrews like beer bread and mulled wine.
It’s the perfect book for beginners, or those just wanting some simple and delicious small batch recipes!
Spiced Pomegranate Wine Recipe
This is such an easy recipe, once I had all of my ingredients and equipment ready it only took me about 30 minutes (or less) to brew!
Please note that I’m posting this recipe before the pomegranate wine has finished fermenting (it’s bubbling away right now)! I wanted the recipe to be ready and available for you for the holiday season. As soon as it’s finished I will update the post with more photos and tasting notes!
Pomegranate Wine Equipment & Ingredients
A little bit of special equipment is needed for brewing and bottling this one gallon batch of wine:
- Sanitizer (everything must be sanitized prior to brewing)
- One Gallon Glass Jug with Airlock
- Auto Siphon with Tubing
- Bottling Wand
- Flip Top Bottles
How to Brew Pomegranate Wine
The first thing you will need to do is sanitize all of your brewing equipment.
Then you will boil the water in a pot with the peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom pods, raisins, and orange. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes, then remove it from the heat.
Add the sugar to the pot and stir it well until it is completely dissolved.
Use a funnel and a strainer to transfer the spiced sugar water into the gallon glass jug, then add the pomegranate juice.
If there is space left, top off the jug with unchlorinated (filtered) water until the liquid (called “must”) reaches the neck of the jug.
When the glass is cool enough to handle (mine was right away), pitch the yeast. First cap the jug, or if you don’t have the cap you can use the rubber stopper from the airlock with your hand over the little hole.
Shake the jug vigorously to aerate it, then sprinkle half the yeast packet into the jug.
Put water in the airlock to the line, then put the rubber stopper and airlock into the top of the jug. Label the jug with the name of the brew and the date and set it aside somewhere out of direct sunlight until it is finished fermenting.
Within a day or two you will start to see bubbles forming in the jug!
You can tell that fermentation is done when the bubbles have stopped and the wine has cleared, usually after about 4 to 6 weeks.
This wine can be racked into a secondary jug for a while to clear it up if you’d like.
Then it will be time to bottle! You can see my instructions for bottling one gallon of wine here (or cider or mead, the process is the same).
I will add my tasting notes and more photos here once it has finished fermenting.
Here is what Amber says about this wine in Artisanal Small-Batch Brewing:
“This pomegranate wine has a rich, deep flavor. It is reminiscent or a Beaujolais, with a touch of sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The spices in the recipe do not live at the forefront, but contribute to a balanced base for the tart pomegranate to rest upon. This wine is an excellent companion to warm you on cold winter days, especially when mulled!”
I’m definitely going to try mulling this wine for the holidays, that sounds so festive and delicious! I can’t wait to try this wine!
Mead Making for Beginners Ebook
If you want to learn more about making one gallon batches of mead (honey wine), I have a Simple Mead Making for Beginners eBook for you! It has ingredient and equipment checklists and detailed instructions for brewing and bottling your mead. Be sure to check it out if you’re new to the mead making process and want a more detailed guide.
Here are some more popular one gallon homebrew recipes:
- How to Make a Gallon of Mead
- 15 Easy Mead Recipes for Beginners
- Mugwort Lemon Beer
- Maple Mead with Orange and Spices
Spiced Pomegranate Wine
- Gather your ingredients and sanitize your equipment.
- Boil the water in a pot along with the peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom seeds, raisins and orange. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes and then remove it from the heat. Add the sugar to the pot and stir it well until it is completely dissolved.
- Use a funnel and strainer to transfer the spiced sugar water into the carboy. Add the pomegranate juice to the jug. If there is space left, top off the carboy with unchlorinated water until the must reaches the neck of the jug. Seal it with the rubber stopper and airlock to keep everything clean.
- When the glass is cool enough to handle, pitch the yeast. First, cover the mouth of the carboy. Shake the jug for a minute to add oxygen. Sprinkle the yeast into the jug and then recap the carboy with the rubber stopper and airlock (fill the airlock with a little water to the line first).
- Label the jug with the name of the brew and the date and set it aside somewhere out of direct sunlight until it is finished fermenting.
- Within a day or two you should start to see bubbles forming in the jug. You can tell that fermentation is done when the bubbles have stopped and the wine has cleared, usually after about 4 to 6 weeks. Bottle when ready.
- This wine is hazy and thick, but can be racked into a secondary jug for a while to clear it up if you’d like.
- See my instructions for bottling one gallon of wine here (or cider or mead, the process is the same).