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Old 06-09-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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I have been looking at a few recipes for fruit wines, specifically plums and all of them include water and sugar in the recipe. Is there any reason why if I get a high enough specific gravity, I could use pure juice and yeast, and nothing else?
I am hoping to juice out enough plums this fall to get 5 gallons of pure juice, I want to add ZERO sugar, however I am willing to add bottled juice if I do not get enough from my trees. Maybe blueberry, grape or apple juice.

Is there even enough sugar in damson plums to do this? They are damn sweet in early fall.

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Old 06-09-2010, 11:16 PM   #2
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I've only ever used about ten kilos of plum juice and pulp for 6 gallons, the rest I topped up with sugar and water. Try it out, measure the OG then top it up with sugar if it's not sufficient, it'd definitely be a tasty wine.

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Is there even enough sugar in damson plums to do this? They are damn sweet in early fall.
I have a Damson tree and last year wanted to make a wine out of them. My wife nixed the idea. She loves them too much.

A pure fruit wine sans sugar would IMO have a lot of flavour. A lot better than with adding sugar like I do to my Blueberry wine. I guess it would depend on what style of wine you wanted... how dry you need to go.
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I have a Damson tree and last year wanted to make a wine out of them. My wife nixed the idea. She loves them too much.
About 7 or 8 years ago, I dug up a bunch from my uncle's yard and stuffed them in a compact station wagon, I already had one tree doing quite well and now I have about 10 of which 5 are over 15 ft high and produce at least 10 gallons of fruit every second year, on the off years I get about 1/3 of that. It looks promising for this year.
I can only imagine when the other 5 or so trees are producing, what the yields will be like.
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I'd say you would have great success doing the batch from scratch. Plum's are #3 on the list of fermentable fruit sugars just below grapes and apples. My very fist batch of fruit wine was just plums and apple juice (50/50) and it taste great. It turned out semi-sweet and even naturally carbed in the bottle.

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I'd say you would have great success doing the batch from scratch. Plum's are #3 on the list of fermentable fruit sugars just below grapes and apples. My very fist batch of fruit wine was just plums and apple juice (50/50) and it taste great. It turned out semi-sweet and even naturally carbed in the bottle.
What's number 4 and 5?
Around here Strawberries can be had pretty cheap depending on the season, I have a source for blueberries (or can just harvest wild ones) And I am willing toplant anything.

Pear must be relatively close to apple? I have two trees but nothing yet, doesn't look like any of the blossoms took this year either.
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