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Old 08-21-2013, 04:17 AM   #2681
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I harvest almost all of my batches after 3 weeks.

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:21 AM   #2682
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Started a batch in a 5 gallon bucket . Looks to be off to a good start mixed Chinese balls in with rice. Then rolled rice into baseball sized balls. Stacked them in bucket and today I got a bunch of fuzzy white balls.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:58 AM   #2683
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Yes. You need to post pictures. 1000 words, you know

two days in. Just peeked. little bit of liquid at the bottom. Couple bubbles in there... will update in a few. Pics are hard to upload on the app...
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #2684
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I harvest almost all of my batches after 3 weeks.
I've harvested all of my rice wine batches at 21 days and eaten the batches for intended for eating after 3 days. To clarify, I'm trying to make the fermentation time the dependent variable to see the difference. Some folks here have regularly gone 4 weeks and even accidentally accidentally gone months and a grocer at one of my yeast balls sources implied that you can let the ferment go for years to produce a radically different beverage.

After further pondering I'm thinking I'll go 3 & 4 to see that difference... then let the other two jars go to 6 and 12 for outliers to our tried and true process.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #2685
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Some folks here have regularly gone 4 weeks and even accidentally accidentally gone months and a grocer at one of my yeast balls sources implied that you can let the ferment go for years to produce a radically different beverage.
The two batches I accidentally had go for months turned out the best (And clearest) I've made.... so far.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:53 AM   #2686
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So my neighbor stopped by tonight while I was cooking up some rice for rice wine and she gave me these to put in it. She's from somewhere near Beijing.

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She said its a supplement for yeast and person nutrition. Says her folks used it for rice wine.

I'm going to give it a shot regardless, but has anybody seen these before?

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According to this, wolfberries are the fountain of youth, cures everything that could possibly ail you, and jumps over tall buildings with a single bound? lol. Also, it says it's supposed to help your liver. So drinking this wine is going to HELP your liver.. yeah.. THAT'S the ticket!


http://www.phytochemicals.info/plants/wolfberry.php

But honestly, I'd be willing to try anything that added a berry taste to this. Did she say how much to use? The main downfall I see of it is that it's fairly expensive.

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According to this, wolfberries are the fountain of youth, cures everything that could possibly ail you, and jumps over tall buildings with a single bound? lol. Also, it says it's supposed to help your liver. So drinking this wine is going to HELP your liver.. yeah.. THAT'S the ticket!


http://www.phytochemicals.info/plants/wolfberry.php

But honestly, I'd be willing to try anything that added a berry taste to this. Did she say how much to use? The main downfall I see of it is that it's fairly expensive.
Haha. Yeah she called it Goji. She said they make the wine and have post-partem mothers eat the rice with it to help recover and stimulate milk production.

She said just use 'all or half'. I just sprinkled some in the jar.

I really hope it doesn't stimulate any milk production...
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After the wine is done, I'd personally have to try eating one of the berries... or all of them.

They say they're pretty easy to grow. Hardy in zones 5-9, but it takes two years to get berries. I wonder if the alcohol submersion kills the seed? I guess you could take that out first. Either way, now I'm going to have to pick some up at the China store and see if I like them.

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Well, I went and picked up these "Berries" from a couple different stores. One package says "Goji Berries". The other packages say "Fructus Lycii". Wolfberries are the english name. All the same.

I ate a couple handfulls. They smell much better than they taste. Very fruity smell, a bit maybe like cranberries, but the taste is just kind of bland. There's a sweetness to it, but not much.

The bag labelled Goji Berries was $9 for 12.7 ounces. It has the comparisons of antioxidants to:

Oranges, 750

Strawberries, 1,540

Prunes, 5,770

Goji Berries, 25,300!

The smaller bags are 5 oz and were $2.89. Definately the better deal, BUT... the bigger bag had several additives such as small amounts of blueberry and raspberry extracts and sugar. The smaller bags have sulfite as a preservative.

Since these are dried fruit, I'm sure there will be some living molds/yeasts on them. My plan is to put a bag full in the bottom of my bucket, then dump steamed rice directly onto it, hopefully killing any wild things with heat.

I did find some info saying people that are taking warfarin (Rat poison.. lol) as a blood thinner or hypertension or diabetic drug users should avoid them.

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