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Old 05-10-2008, 05:55 PM   #11
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I just racked mine after 3 weeks in the primary. Oops!
I fermented it at about 70 degrees for about a week and a half then I forgot about it and the portable heater shut off. It sat at about 59 degrees for the rest of the time. I can't believe how clear it already is. I've got 2 full gallons and it smells very alcoholic with a hint of banana. I haven't tasted it yet because I'm waiting for my sample to clear. I dredged up some yeast when I poured the sample from the primary.

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Old 05-15-2008, 08:39 PM   #12
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what wine yeast are you using? its so hard to believe that gray sludge turns into this clear yellow gold

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Old 05-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #13
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I probably used champagne yeast- I didn't really have any other suitable wine yeast, and I use champagne yeast most often.

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Old 05-17-2008, 05:03 AM   #14
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what wine yeast are you using? its so hard to believe that gray sludge turns into this clear yellow gold
I used Montrachet yeast. It finished at 0.094 and about 12% ABV. I tasted a bit today and I think NASA used something like this to launch Apollo. It was very hot and dry with the smallest hint of banana. I expect the banana to emerge when the hotness mellows. I haven't added the golden raisins yet.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:22 PM   #15
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I've have the pleasure of receiving a bottle of Yooper's banana wine and I am enjoying it right now.
This is simply beautiful. It is crystal clear and a light golden color. It is very dry and has a bit of alcohol heat. There is a very subtle banana flavor that I'm getting more as an after taste.
Oh this is good! Good and dangerous. It's a good thing I only have a small bottle of it tonight! I really do wish I had more.
Great job and an outstanding wine!

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I'm glad you like it, but just a little surprised it's still a little hot. It's well over a year old (probably closer to two years) and I think it should mellow nicely.

You know, you don't have to drink the whole bottle at one sitting, you know!

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Old 05-26-2008, 11:28 PM   #17
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I'm glad you like it, but just a little surprised it's still a little hot. It's well over a year old (probably closer to two years) and I think it should mellow nicely.

You know, you don't have to drink the whole bottle at one sitting, you know!
I bet it will be killer in a year! It's killer now!

Hey, this is perfect on a drizzly dreary day down in my cave. It hit the spot and didn't last long!
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:47 PM   #18
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Is the 3.5 lbs banana fruit only or weight with the peel?

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:50 PM   #19
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Yes, that's exactly what mine looked like! But, I promise it will be a pale golden yellow color and beautifully clear when done. Here is a picture of bottling day at my house (both in the front are banana wine):


that looks delicious. I only wish I had a spare carboy.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:26 AM   #20
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Is the 3.5 lbs banana fruit only or weight with the peel?
I weighed mine with the peal. Since the whole banana is cut up and thrown into the pot I think that makes sense.
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