Did you know that making your own weed wine at home is as easy as making tea? If not, then we are here to tell you how truly easy (and amazing) this drink can truly be.
If you've never heard of weed wine before then you may be missing out. Weed wine is a great drink to bring to special occasions and even to help you unwind after a stressful day. If your curious to learn about weed wine and even more intrigued on how to make it keep reading our guide below.
What Is Weed Wine?
When you think of wine you're most likely thinking of the bottles you buy from the store that are made out of various fruits. You might be surprised to learn that weed wine is actually pretty close to your traditional bottle of wine.
Wines made with weed are made from grapes and then infused with weed. There are many ways to infuse weed into wine from cold in-barrell processes to putting the concoction in a plastic jug.
No matter what the method is the idea here is to infuse the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant itself into the wine mixture. If you think of how herbs can be infused into wine (such as mint and thyme to name a few) it's the same age-old process.
Even though the process seems simple there is a lot of planning that goes into each bottle. Just like master winemakers choose each grape they bottle carefully winemakers that infuse their vint with weed choose each strand carefully.
Lighter wines such as moscatos will have sativa strands that are fruity and have citrus-heavy terpenes. On the other side of the spectrum, heavier wines such as merlots will have pungent and bold indicas.
How to Make Your Very Own Cannabis Wine
Now that you have a better understanding of what marijuana wine is you're probably ready to get fermenting. Below we have listed out the steps to creating the perfect wine at home.
Using a Wine Making Kit: Infusing Wine you Already Have
Step 1: Have the Right Tools Ready
As we have noted above there are a few ways that you can go about making your wine infused with weed. We have found that the simplest way to do so is to have the following items on hand:
- 1/8 to 1/4 ounce of high-grade cannabis'
- Wine of your choice
- Coffee grinder (or herb grinder)
- Punch bowl (or a pot will do)
Now you've may have already noticed that we aren't going ahead and making our own wine from scratch. We are going to be showing you a simple way to infuse store-bought wine but if you have a vint that you bottled a few years ago made by yourself, by all means, go ahead and use it.
Now when it comes to selecting the wine of your choice make sure you are thinking about what weed you'll be infusing into it. Remember that bold and robust wines work best with bold indicas and lighter, sweeter wines work well with fruity sativas. It is noted that dryer wines will have a more effective infusion than lighter wines.
Step 2: Weed Activation
After gathering all your ingredients you will need to activate your weed. You can skip this step if you buy activated marijuana oil from your local dispensary.
To activate your weed you will need to use the process of decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that happens within the weed bud when heated up. Once your weed is properly heated the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) will be activated.
To properly activated your buds go ahead and line your pan with foil. Layout your weed into an even layer, making sure they don't overlap. Next, break your buds into small pieces by pressing a glass over them.
When your buds are broken into tiny pieces shake the pan a few times to ensure they are not laying on top of one another. Cover your broken pieces with another piece of foil to help mask some of the aromas. Lastly, throw them into a 230-degree oven for 110 minutes.
This may seem like a long process but this low and slow method was proven to have the best results in a scientific study. It's good to note that this process is fragrant and will make your home aromatic.
After your weed is done baking it's time to pull the pan out and let it cool. When you remove the top layer of foil take note on how your weed looks.
It should be less green and dryer than when you popped it into the oven. If it has this appearance then this means decarboxylation has happened properly and it's ready to be infused into your wine.
Step 3: Time to Steep
After letting your weed cool completely you will then need to grind it up into fine pieces. We use a coffee grinder since it gets the job done fast but your herb grinder will work just as well. If you have neither on hand don't fret, a motor and pestle will do the job.
Keep in mind when grinding your weed that it is more brittle than fresh flower. With this said, make sure you don't crush it into a fine powder.
Now that you've ground your weed down into tiny pieces it's time to grab that cheesecloth. Place the weed into the center of the cloth and bring the corners together, tieing them tight so they are secure.
Make sure you don't overstuff your little bags. If you do then pieces of weed will fall out into your wine and will have to be strained out of the final product.
If you find that you ground your weed too fine don't worry. Just use multiple layers of cheesecloth to help ensure that the herb won't fall out into the liquid.
Pop or twist the top off of your wine and pour it into your bowl or pot. Now place your weed baggies into the mixture, covering the pot with plastic wrap when finished.
Pop the pot into the fridge for anywhere between 24 to 48 hours. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally to ensure that any settled herb on the bottom is disrupted.
Step 4: Enjoy
After letting the pot chill in the fridge for a day or two it's now time to take it out and serve. Pull out your weed bags and make sure to squeeze them to get any excess liquid out.
Before serving make sure to strain the liquid to get rid of any excess pieces that may have fallen out of the cheesecloth baggies. To do this you can use any leftover cheesecloth or even a sieve to get the job done.
Now it's time to serve up your wine infused with marijuana and to enjoy. Keep in mind that drinking weed can be a potent experience.
Cannabis-Infused Wine Making Alternative
If the above process seems like it will take too much time out of your day when you're looking for a quick and easy drink we are here to tell you that there is a simpler way to infuse your wine. If you have a crockpot or even stockpot on hand you can create a product that is just as great and potent as the process above.
Step 1: Grab Your Tools
With this faster process, you will need fewer tools than before. Go into your kitchen and grab the following items:
- Crockpot or Stockpot
- 1/8 to 1/4 ounce of weed
Step 2: Prepare Your Weed
Just as above we will need to put our weed through the decarboxylation process. Go ahead and place your weed on a pan lined with foil, break it into small pieces, cover with another piece of foil, and place it in a 230-degree oven for 110 minutes.
Step 3: Prepare Your Weed Baggies
After cooling your weed break it up into smaller pieces by crushing it. Just like before a fine powder will leak into the wine so keep your weed coarse. After breaking it down place the weed into the center of the cheesecloth and tie it tight, making your little weed "tea" bags.
Step 4: Throw It All Together
Grab your crockpot and plug it in. Pour the entire bottle of wine into the crockpot and place your baggies into the liquid. Put the crockpot on low and let it vibe for 2 hours.
If you want to add more spices and herbs into the wine to add more flavor now is the time to do so. Adding cinnamon will help create a nice warm wine perfect for the holidays.
Step 5: Keep an Eye on the Crockpot
Even though this is the faster method to making cannabis wine, it does run the risk of burning the weed and ruining the wine. You should check the crockpot very frequently to ensure that not a lot of wine is being cooked away from the pot and to ensure that the liquid isn't exceeding more than a slow boil.
Step 6: Enjoy Your Wine
After 2 hours it's time to let the wine cool down. After cooling strain the wine to get any stray weed pieces out and then serve.
Top Tip: Grow Your Own Weed for the Best Wine
If you're looking to make the best weed wine there is then you should consider using weed strains that you grow right in the comfort of your own home. You may think this sounds impossible but there are things such as the Grobo automated grow box that can help you have amazing strains grown right in your house.
This automated grow box uses deep water culture which is a hydroponic technique used to grow plants. All you will have to do is add your plant either from a seed or clone. Then you will pick what recipe you want from the handy application. From there the Grobo automated grow box will do all the hard work.
Not to mention the best part about Grobo is that they have hundreds of strains so you won't be limited in what you grow. This growing system will offer reduced smells when growing.
Users will have a yield of anywhere between 2 to 3 ounces every 3 to 4 months. Also, this grower is amazing from beginners and experts alike. Grobo offers plenty of educational videos to help make growing a breeze.
In addition to these awesome benefits, you're not just limited to growing cannabis. The Grobo automated grow box can be used to grow any type of plant you like.
Now You Know How to Make the Best Weed-Infused Wine
Before reading this post you may have been confused about what weed wine actually was. We have provided you with a detailed explanation of what weed wine is and have given you the tools to help you match the best stain with the wine of your choice.
In addition to giving you the facts on weed wine we have given you detailed steps on how to make your own infused wine from the comfort of your home. From giving you a list of supplies to teaching you how to activate your weed, you're bound to have an amazing product that will please any crowd.
The best part is that you now know how easy it is to make weed-infused wine, no matter which way you choose to make it. For more growing tips and information be sure to check out the rest of our website here.