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How to make weed wine at home

Published : Dec 10, 2018
Categories : Cannabis recipes

There are several different ways one can enjoy the magic herb that is cannabis. Some like to eat it, others prefer it vaporised, while a huge chunk of herb-lovers still go for the old-fashioned spliff and/or bong. But today, we’re going to talk about weed-infused wine.

AN ANTIQUE PRACTICE

This concept actually goes back to ancient times, around 2nd century BCE during the Eastern Han Dynasty. A surgeon named Hua Tuo (or Hua-t’o) thought it would be a splendid idea to add some cannabis resin to wine. Soon, it became common practice among ancient Greeks and Christians during some of their rituals.

In modern times, a few handfuls of winemakers from sunny California have already been adapting this method of consumption, even before medical cannabis was legalized in the state in 1996.

INFUSE YOUR WINE WITH CANNABIS

Now that you have a little backstory of how weed-infused wine became a thing, we’ll get into the process of making your very own batch of weed wine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS

28 grams of trim and stems
1 orange
Bottle of red wine
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
4 cloves

HARDWARE

Saucepan or large crockpot
Cheesecloth

PROCEDURE

1. Pour the wine into the pot and place it on the stove.

2. Mix in all the spices, fruit, and cannabis, then bring to a boil. Allow it to lightly roll for two hours.

3. You will need to regularly check on this mixture to avoid too much evaporation of the liquid. Once the time has elapsed, use the cheesecloth as a strainer. Discard everything but the liquid.

4. The wine is now ready for everyone to enjoy. This recipe in particular is meant to enhance the flavors of both the wine and herb at the same time.

BREW YOUR OWN WEED WINE

But what if you wanted to brew your very own cannabis wine? Here’s how to do it:

INGREDIENTS

At least 120 grams of cannabis trim
2–3 oranges
1 lemon
3.5 litres of water
1.4 kilos of white sugar
Wine yeast or fresh yeast cake

HARDWARE

Hydrometer
Airtight bottles sealable by cork
2x 5-litre brewing demijohn bottles
A meter-long siphoning tube
Brewing airlock
Thermometer
Muslin or any lightweight cotton cloth
Large pot

PROCEDURE

1. Grind the cannabis and place it into one of the demijohns.

2. Juice the fruits, then mix them in with the ground-up weed.

3. Pour all the water into the pot and bring to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water. Take off heat.

4. Mix sugar water with the fruit juice and cannabis in the demijohn.

5. Next up is the yeast. Dissolve it into warm water, around 20°C (68°F).

6. Allow mixture in the demijohn to cool before adding in the yeast. When this is done, it’s time to top up the bottle with water.

7. Time to store the bottle. Situate in a dark, warm area of your house, such as a closet.

8. The key factor in the fermentation process is the yeast. It must be kept at a temperature that is neither too high to kill it, nor too low to impede the process.

9. As the yeast ferments, the mixture will slowly turn into an alcoholic beverage, which can be seen through the fizzing and bubbles that develop. After about a day, seal the demijohn bottle with the airlock. Doing so will keep oxygen from entering the mix, while allowing CO₂ to escape.

10. Give the fermentation at least two weeks, and four weeks at most. Check up on the mix regularly throughout this period. You will be able to ascertain that the process is over when there is no more bubbling. As soon as the airlock is taken out, push down all the trimmings that surface back into the mixture. A hydrometer will now allow you to measure the potential alcohol content.

BOTTLING

1. Siphon the wine mixture through the muslin from the filled demijohn into the other, clean demijohn. Once the transfer process is done, seal this second bottle with an airlock. Be sure that you are operating in a clean working space.

2. Leave the new demijohn in the dark space for one month, undisturbed.

3. Now it’s time to bottle. Take the demijohn from the storage space, but make sure not to rattle it too much and cause the sediment to surface. If this does happen, wait about an hour, or until the sediment has settled back down at the bottom.

4. Next, place the muslin on top of your wine bottles as the wine is siphoned into them using the tube. After filling all bottles, seal them with a cork or cap immediately. If you can, make use of airtight seals.

5. Now, you are ready to enjoy your handiwork and drink up! But if you prefer your canna wine to be a little more aged and flavourful, bring it back inside the storage space for another six months.

There is such a thing as cannabis-infused wine, and it's not a new trend either. Check out our recipes for making your own canna wine!

An easy cannabis-infused mulled wine recipe

Technically, if you have the time to wait around for the infusion process, it is best to use the red wine base from this recipe and infuse it months in advance of your festive meal plan, but unfortunately, it’s getting late in the season, so that’s not an option for most people. For those like myself who like to wait around until last minute before heading over to good old Google for inspirational ideas, then any alcohol-based cannabis tincture of any sort works just as well.

What is a tincture?

A cannabis tincture is a liquid drink that is made from a high proof alcohol and dry marijuana plant materials. Both are typically tossed into a jar and aged for anywhere from 1 to 3 months before the contents are strained, and the tincture is ready to enjoy.

How to make cannabis tincture

Cannabis tincture is easy to make, as the process is straightforward, but you do need to have some patience as it can take several months to get the most potent brew, which is most individual’s goal with this kind of marijuana product.

  • 7 grams of cannabis grind (or more)
  • 1 bottle of high proof alcohol (enough to cover the herb)

  • Sealable mason jar
  • Paper bag
  • Cheesecloth
  • Grinder
  • Baking pan

Grind up the herb and set your oven to 320°F.

Sprinkle the cannabis across the baking pan, and once the oven is ready, bake it for 25-30 minutes.

Dump the decarboxylated herb into a mason jar.

Pour the alcohol into the jar and ensure that there is enough to completely cover the weed because without direct contact with the solvent the cannabinoids will stay within the plant matter.

Shake the jar really well for a few minutes to stir up the contents before placing it into a paper bag to keep out harmful UV rays and storing it in a cool, dark space to infuse for anywhere from 30-120 days. The longer you leave the tincture to brew, the stronger it will be, so leaving it as long as possible is always recommended.

Once you are ready to test out your freshly made cannabis tincture, you can retrieve the jar from storage and use a cheesecloth to filter out the alcohol into another jar, which will remove the leftover plant materials.

How to make mulled wine with weed

Mulled wine is a traditional Christmas recipe for a potent cocktail, and this particular version is also spiked with cannabis for an added kick. This edibles drink combines all the best flavors and smells of the holiday, warms your soul from the inside out, and is incredibly simple to make in large batches for big parties or gatherings.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • 1500ml of red wine
  • 1 cup of pure orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 oz of cannabis tincture (more or less)
  • 4-star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large orange (peeled and sliced)
  • Lemon zest (from one lemon)
  • Ice (optional)

  • Large pot
  • Whisk
  • Serving bowl (or storage container)
  • Ladle

Toss all the above-listed ingredients except for the cannabis tincture into a large cooking pot over medium heat.

Use a metal wire whisk to stir the content of the pot throughout the process to avoid scalding.

Once the mixture reaches a steady simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer the mulled wine for 15 minutes.

Remove the pot from the burner and allow the mulled wine to cool completely before stirring in the cannabis tincture and storing it in the fridge or pouring it into a serving bowl with ice to enjoy.

An easy Christmas crack recipe that is perfect for beginners

In case you are unfamiliar with the dish, Christmas Crack is a saltine cracker toffee dessert that is a perfect finger food.

Mulled wine is a traditional Christmas recipe for a potent cocktail, and this particular version is also spiked with cannabis for an added kick. ]]>