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Old 03-03-2011, 01:53 AM   #111
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Hey oldmate: Interesting mods!

I'm going to make this wine in the very near future. I hope the banana flavor and nose come out very strong. Bananas are one of my favorite fruit.

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:46 AM   #112
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IIRC, the reason for the raisins was body.

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Old 03-03-2011, 08:28 PM   #113
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If I use raisins now, is it too late? It probably won't ferment again.

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:55 AM   #114
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I don't know.

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Old 03-04-2011, 10:00 PM   #115
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Might as well chuck some in, it can't hurt. (and it has started fermenting again, FML)

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Old 03-28-2011, 01:57 PM   #116
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Well, this thread inspired us - put on about 7 gallons of this yesterday afternoon.

Well, we really screwed with the recipe, so I guess "7 gallons of something sorta like this, we hope"!

The whole brew room smells like banana bread. Yum! Too bad I'm allergic to wheat, I make awesome banana bread, and now we're craving it something FIERCE.

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Old 04-02-2011, 05:10 AM   #117
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Looks good! Mine was so much darker and mop-water looking!

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:06 PM   #118
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I changed the technique up a bit, and I cut bananas FAST (pastry chef)... so they didn't have much time to brown. I figure the browning has to be a big contributor to the darker color. Also, ours were just ripe, not overripe like I was hoping.

What resulted - before yeast - was something that I bet would make some great, if ugly, banana daiquiris!

We did add a couple big scoops of banana mush to the primary, and THAT is floating and blackened. The liquid under it looks like the photo above, though.

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I changed the technique up a bit, and I cut bananas FAST (pastry chef)... so they didn't have much time to brown. I figure the browning has to be a big contributor to the darker color. Also, ours were just ripe, not overripe like I was hoping.

What resulted - before yeast - was something that I bet would make some great, if ugly, banana daiquiris!

We did add a couple big scoops of banana mush to the primary, and THAT is floating and blackened. The liquid under it looks like the photo above, though.
Sounds great! Well, except for the "floating and blackened" part.

I hope bananas go on sale cheap again- when I did this recipe the last time, overripe bananas were $.19/cents a pound. We finished the last bottle of this a few months ago, I believe.

Not only did we like the wine, it was a great "top up" wine for other wines. It has a banana nose, but blended well with concord grape, rhubarb, etc for topping up. It provided some body, but no real color, and I think I'd make it again just to have it for topping up even if I didn't enjoy drinking it!
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:15 PM   #120
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Eh, the floating and blackened is fine - our whole brew room smells like banana bread!

We'll be racking off the bananas this weekend, I'll take a pic when we get it into the carboys

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