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Carrot Whisky

Carrot Whisky

Brew time:

Maturation :

12 Months


6 Bottles (1 gallon/4.5litres)


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  • 2.7kg (6lbs) of Carrots
  • 1kg Dextrose Brewing Sugar
  • 250ml White Grape Concentrate
  • 500g Wheat or Barley (whole)
  • 1 teaspoon Acid Blend
  • 10 drops Amylaze
  • 1 sachet Harris Wine Yeast
  • 4.5 Litres Tap Water


Scrub the Carrots to clean them and remove any trace of soil. Cut off the base but there is no need to peel them. Boil the Carrots in five pints of water until they are tender. Strain the liquor into a fermenting bucket and discard the Carrots (they can be used in a meal to avoid wastage). Add the wheat or barley (rinse the grains under a tap beforehand and add whole). Allow the liquor to cool then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cover the fermenter with a cloth and ferment in a warm place for 5 days, stirring daily. Then strain into a 1-gallon Demijohn through a muslin or nylon bag and discard the residue/grains. It may be necessary to top up to 1 gallon (4.5litres) with cooled boiled water. Fit a bung and airlock and leave in a warm place (24C/75F) to continue to ferment out completely. This will be indicated by bubbles stopping emerging from the airlock. Check with a hydrometer. If fermentation has ended the final gravity should be around 0.996

Finishing the Wine

At the end of fermentation add 1 crushed Campden tablet and a half teaspoon of Potassium Sorbate to the gallon of wine and leave in a warm place for 3 days to kill the yeast. Then add a measure of Harris Winefine and store it in a cool place to clear. It is recommended that after 7-10 days, the wine is siphoned from any sediment and then passed through a Vinbrite Filter to obtain a professional finish.

Finally, bottle the wine and store it in a cool dark room for at least 6 months to mature. The longer you leave the wine the better the flavour will be. Maturing will smooth out the wine and improve the bouquet and flavours. This recipe will produce a rich Carrot wine that has the deep rich colour of a whisky. The addition of wheat or barley provides a warm full flavour which is what the whisky name relates to. You could add one 50ml measure of whisky to each bottle to fortify the wine.


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