Potato Wine

February 8/19 – Today we give you a step by step process to make “Poitin”[puh-cheen] an old Irish recipe for potato wine.

It’s been said this is a precursor to the Russian distilled version of vodka.

We are making a basic recipe. No oranges or other acids. This is as traditional as it gets.

Each day we will update you on the progress. This will be a learning curve for all of us.

You need:
1 sanitized 23 L pail
12 to 15 lbs of washed potatoes with skin
6 lbs sugar
Package of champagne yeast
Yeast nutrient and energizer or Fermaid
Large pot to boil potatoes

Step 1 – Get the ingredients and equipment ready and or sanitized for the brewing.

Step 2 – Boil potatoes that have been cubed or shredded until fully cooked. we are shredding the potatoes to get more starch.

Step 3 – Let the potatoes cool in the pot they were boiled in for 20 min with lid off.

Step 4 – Prep your sterilized bucket with 2 L of water and 1 tbsp bentonite. Stir until completely dissolved.

Step 5  – Strain off cooled potato water into the sanitized bucket. At this point you can put the cubed or shredded potatoes into the bucket or – like us – put the potatoes in a sanitized mesh bag and set aside.

Step 6 – Add the sugar and stir well until it is mostly dissolved.

Step 7 – Fill the pail to the point where when you add your potatoes or mesh bag and it won’t overflow yet gives space for air and possible foaming during the fermentation process.

Final step – Add the champagne yeast, 1 tsp of yeast nutrient and 1 tsp of energizer or Fermaid. This is give the initial fermentation a kick off the start and hopefully won’t have any issues of “stuck fermentation” in the coming days.


Take a reading with your hydrometer, if you have one. If you don’t have one you should get one. You can record the start numbers and the finishing numbers and through a formula figure out what your final alcohol If this content will be.

We will continue this recipe on Facebook tomorrow (Feb 9/19) and check the progress made.

Remember we can also create a wine from frozen or canned fruits (mixed berries, canned pineapple), produce such as potatoes or corn or from fruits in your own garden or trees.

If this is something you would like to try, come see us to plan your own backyard batch at The Rideau Winery.

Happy fermenting !!!