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Old 12-26-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default New Year's Day Strawberry Wine - help out a n00b :D

So I am trying to figure out what I can make for my "New Year's Day strawberry wine" - I have a goodly amount of frozen strawberries in the chest freezers, as well as a small amount of frozen cranberries. I figure I can bump up the color with the cranberries. I am thinking some golden raisins to add a little body. Anybody have a good recipe I can adapt? Also, never done a scratch fruit wine before (only kits), so the more ABCs it is the better

TIA... will prolly turn this thread into a continued update and help request thing...

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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Click through this thread. I made a 1 gallon batch, but wish I'd made 5.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/stra...h-23-a-141362/

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:04 PM   #3
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There's a strawberry-kiwi recipe in the Recipes section (here). I haven't made it so I can't say how well it works.

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I recommend any of the recipies here http://www.brewcraft.com/ .
I have made some of them and they have all turned out great, especially
the Blueberry one.

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If you flip though fruit winemaking books, the general "recipe" is 3 lbs of fruit, 2 lbs of sugar, and 1 gallon of water, and then all the extas like acid blends, tannins, yeast, etc. That's what I did, and it smells great. I'll be bottling this week. I'm not sure how raisens fit into that for you.

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #6
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Thanks all... I had looked through the batch 23 thread... was curious how it turned out How did you find the color? I hear strawberry really does come out pretty straw colored...

And Boo, I appreciate the link, and the local craft email - hope your Christmas is going well...

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Old 12-27-2009, 01:09 AM   #7
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Mine ended up with great color. It's more on the orange side of red, pictures are in the thread I posted earlier towards the end.

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I had to be at home before I could really confirm what color mine is - it dark, like the color of cranberry juice. Then again, I made it from good Oregon strawberries that were cut up and frozen for a few months by my mother.

Looking at it, I was going to bottle it this week, but now I think I need to rack it tonight because it isn't clear.

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Well I have enough fruit picked up, still need to get some raisins and all the wine shop type stuff Everything was closed yesterday, silly LHBSs not open on Sundays...

When I put it all together I will take pics and post my recipe... so far it is roughly shaping up to (for 5 Imperial Gallons/ 6 US gallons)

15 3/4 lbs Strawberries... frozen grocery store, various brands
1 1/3 lb Frozen Cranberries (for colour)
1 1/4 lb Golden Raisins (for body)

Going to add some mix of sugar and honey... 12 lbs
Think I may pick up an acid test kit, otherwise I am guessing at about 5 tsp acid blend.
About 5tsp pectic enzyme
Do I need/ want tannin?

Thinking of using champagne yeast...

Thoughts are welcome, especially since nothing is started yet and it isn't too late to change things

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You'll get the tannins from the golden raisins. The mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion. The acidity proportions are just right, strawberries aren't very acidic.

I used Lalvin EC-1118, it's a clean fermenting strain & works quickly.

You'll get a good bit of color from the brown sugar (I used light brown). I did add a little bit of honey after the 1st racking. Using more honey will lengthen the fermentation a bit from what I've heard.

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