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Red Ginger Wine 01
(Zingiber officinale)

Red ginger wine is a lovely easy to drink wine that has all the qualities but none of the harshness of commercial ginger wine. Most shops and supermarkets now stock root ginger it is very easy to find. Below is a list of possible attributes and qualities of the ginger. These are not hard and fast rules and should only be used as a guide. The more experienced practitioner will have different ideas of attributes.

Table of Correspondence for Ginger wine.
Energy: Receptive.
Animals: Cats
Colour: White and light purple.
Element: Fire or Air.
Goals/Rules: Healing, Health, Dieting, Gardening, Longevity, Love, Lust, Magickal power, Money, Riches.
Planetary: Mars.
Signs: Scorpio or Sagittarius.
Time: Midnight.
Moon: New.
Weather: Stormy.
Festivals: Samhain or Winter Solstice.
Medicinal aids: Fever, Infections, Tiredness, Exhaustion, Neuralgia, Influenza, Colds, Mucus, Catarrh, Sinus problems, Tonsillitis, Sore Throats, Asthma, Hay fever, Bronchitis, Coughs, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, Diverticulitis, Flatulence, Circulation, Chilblains, Cramps, High or Low Blood pressure, Back ache, Sciatica, Painful periods, Low sex drive, Impotence, Low sperm count, Prostate problems, Morning sickness, Childbirth, Fevers and infectious diseases, Colic, Travel sickness, sprains and strains.

A description of the wine
The colour of the wine is a deep rose, Ginger wine should be medium light, crisp and dry, The amount of ginger is enough to have a slight warming taste but not to over power.

                        Ingredients needed to make 5 Gallon or 30 bottles
                        (divide the amount by 5 for 1 gallon)

                        1lb Bruised Ginger root, sliced thinly.
                        4 kg white sugar.
                        ½ a bottle of Jiff Lemon or 3lb lemons no pith or pips
                        1 litre of Red Grape concentrate
                        1 teaspoon of brewing yeast.
                        20 Litres Spring water

Making your wine
Your still spring water is catching a few rays in a sunny window you are now ready for the creative process. A more potent wine can be made if you create a ritual for making the wine. I will not share mine as this should be a personal challenge and personalised to your own needs.

  1. Wash the ginger in the sink, then on a clean work surface give the Ginger some good bashes with a rolling pin or something similar to bruise it. Then place it in a bowl and set aside for a few hours for the bruising to take effect.
  2. Sterilise all your equipment including your fermentation vessel.
  3. Add the sugar, and lemon to the fermentation vessel and pour on 1 gallon of boiling water and stir well.
  4. After the ginger has rested a while cut into thin slices no more than 5mm and bring to the boil in a large pan, then continue to simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  5. After the ginger has simmered gently pour into the fermentation vessel.
  6. Add you grape concentrate to the fermentation vessel and give it a good stir.
  7. Pour the remaining still water into the fermentation vessel to the correct level and add your yeast.
  8. Give everything a final stir and place the lid with the fitted air bung on.
  9. Place the Must in a warm place.
  10. Do the washing up.
  11. See basic wine making for further instructions
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