One of the more popular ways to use wild fruits is to turn them into homemade wine. Check local laws where you live, but in most areas of the country, making wine for personal consumption is legal. It’s a fun and delicious way to use any extra fruit you’ve picked.
The simplest way to approach the hobby is to purchase a kit from your local liquor store or online. The kits usually come with glass or plastic 5-gallon carboys (jugs) for fermenting and aging your wine, tubing to transfer it to bottles and airlocks to let excess pressure escape from the wine jug as fermentation occurs while preventing contaminants from entering the wine.
Most kits also include yeast, chemicals and additives. Simply follow the instructions on the kit to turn excess fruit into a delicious drink.
The most important part of the winemaking process is sanitation. It only takes a small contaminate on one piece of equipment to ruin an entire batch of wine. Carefully follow all of the cleaning and sanitation tips that come with your kit.