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Old 04-17-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Spring is upon us...

...so who's making some locally sourced (read, self-harvested/foraged/scavenged) wine? I'm kicking off my first spring "winemaking" with a dandelion, hopefully soon, then planning a big ol' batch of mulberry soon. Also, depending on what fruits show up cheap/plentiful this year, may play with some other things....



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Old 04-17-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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I could probably knock out 20-30 gallons of rhubarb wine for the huge patch I have, but I'm not fond of the stuff.



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I grow my own Blackberries and Strawberries so I will

be doing batches of those

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I'm growing blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Will use some of those if I can keep the wife and kids away from them long enough to gather up what I need. Knowing them I may get enough from all the types to make one batch. There a 6 strawberry plants, 4 blueberry bushes, and 5 blackberry bushes not to mention the 3 types of grapes growing on my fence.

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I usually start with rhubarb, then dandelion, and the rest of the fruits as they come into season. I'm NOT making rhubarb this year, though. I have 6 gallons from 2008 that I still haven't bottled, and that's my goal for rhubarb this year. I bought the corks, got the bottles washed, but I've been procrastinating bottling it.

I make chokecherry, crabapple, apple, dandelion, blackberries (if I can get them), rhubarb, and catawba grape wine every year and throw in a sour cherry or cranberry batch every couple of years.

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My new house has a ton of mint, so I was going to do something with that. Hubby has found a beer recipe for the lemon balm the house has, too. 5 blueberry bushes and some strawberries, grapes, and some marrion berries, but all those might be eaten before they ever become wine. My folks have a small apple orchard, so some cider later this fall.

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I'm NOT making rhubarb this year, though. I have 6 gallons from 2008 that I still haven't bottled, and that's my goal for rhubarb this year. I bought the corks, got the bottles washed, but I've been procrastinating bottling it.
Well you could send a carboy or two this way...i'll bottle them!
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Well you could send a carboy or two this way...i'll bottle them!
Haha- don't tempt me! It's in a 6 gallon carboy, and it's been perfectly clear for about 15-16 months, maybe longer. It will get bottled this week, I promise. Well, next week at the latest.
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Looks like I'll start with mayhaws from our trees in the yard, then dew berries growing wild in field. Looks like a bumper crop going by the blooms.

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There's wild strawberries all over the meadow, but the critters get the crop. Still have 12 lbs of blackberries in the freezer that I didn't need for the wine last year. Have to decide between cider, jelly and back-sweetening.



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