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Old 09-02-2011, 04:32 AM   #41
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Yooper, again with the great recipe!

There are three crab apple trees near my work and I have cased them for 26 pounds of crab apples. So, of course, I am going to make up a big batch of wine.

These apples resemble Jonagolds except they are about the size of ping pong balls. They have a good flavor and are tart, but not overbearingly so. I'm sure this will make for some good wine. I'll keep you posted as things go forward.

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So while I was riding bike on one of the bike paths in town, I came across quite the boon. In this nice secluded wooded section that is only accessable by foot/bike, I found a beautiful crabapple tree with fruit a bit bigger than a golf ball. This sounds like a non-ornamental variety to me!

I think I'll use your recipe Yooper, but I do have a tiny question before I get started. I know your tastes are different than mine, but how much honey did you end up adding to your 1 gallon batch? The idea of using honey to smooth things out is very interesting.

Thanks again for the recipe, and maybe I'll post back after some progress is made with the wine.

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So while I was riding bike on one of the bike paths in town, I came across quite the boon. In this nice secluded wooded section that is only accessable by foot/bike, I found a beautiful crabapple tree with fruit a bit bigger than a golf ball. This sounds like a non-ornamental variety to me!

I think I'll use your recipe Yooper, but I do have a tiny question before I get started. I know your tastes are different than mine, but how much honey did you end up adding to your 1 gallon batch? The idea of using honey to smooth things out is very interesting.

Thanks again for the recipe, and maybe I'll post back after some progress is made with the wine.
I added 1/4 cup and it fermented out. It was really nice!
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:11 PM   #44
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Quick question:

I was thinking of setting up the OG at 1.090 and using Nottingham yeast with the hope that it craps out at around 1.005-1.010. Is this doable? I don't forsee a problem, but you can never be too sure.

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Looking at our crabapple tree last night I caught notice of the osage orange trees out back. Wonder if they would be good, or could even be used.

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I added 1/4 cup and it fermented out. It was really nice!
Was that 1/4 cup per gallon? Or for the whole batch/



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It was 1/4 at a time, I believe. I added it, let it ferment out, tasted it, added it again, etc, but still had it finish at .996. My notes are pretty hard to read now but that's been my procedure the last few times I've made this wine.

We actually drank a bottle of this tonight with dinner, from crabapples from 2009. It is aging really nicely! By the time it's old enough to really have aged, though, it'll be gone!
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6 pounds crabapples
water
1 campden tablet
1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
wine yeast
1 tsp yeast nutrients
About 3 pounds sugar
honey (if wanted)

Crush apples, but do not cut or crush seeds. Put in large mesh bag and add enough water to cover apples in primary. Add 1 crushed campden tablet. Stir well. Cover loosely with a towel. 12 hours later, add pectic enzyme and stir well. The next day, add sugar to desired sg (usually 1.085- 1.100) in enough water to bring to one gallon in the primary, then add nutrient and wine yeast. Stir daily for 5 days. Keep loosely covered.
On the 6th day, strain and discard apples. Rack into secondary and top up to one gallon with water. Rack about three weeks after fermentation has ceased. At this point, you could mix 1/2 cup of honey with one cup of of wine, and rack the wine into that. Fermentation should start up again, if it doesn't add 1/2 tsp nutrients. This can be done several times, if desired, for a sweeter wine.
(I'm doing one batch with honey, and one without)

Rack every 45 days- 3 months until no more lees drop. Bottle at 6-12 months.

This wine is very good dry- the crabapples give it a kind of spiciness lacking in most apple wines. It could be sweetened just a little for a nice table wine, or sweetened more for a dessert wine.
I have a large crab apple tree in my backyard and am thinking of attempting crabapple wine. I'm fairly new to making wine, I've only made about 3 batches of kit wines, but I really love the juice from my crabapple tree and think it might make a fantastic wine.

I've scourged the internet for recipes, and I think this one by far looks the most promising. If I were to scale this up to a 6 gallon batch, would you recommend multiplying everything by 6 except for the yeast + yeast nutrients? (and perhaps cut down on the sugar a bit, to say 12 pounds?) Thanks!
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I have a large crab apple tree in my backyard and am thinking of attempting crabapple wine. I'm fairly new to making wine, I've only made about 3 batches of kit wines, but I really love the juice from my crabapple tree and think it might make a fantastic wine.

I've scourged the internet for recipes, and I think this one by far looks the most promising. If I were to scale this up to a 6 gallon batch, would you recommend multiplying everything by 6 except for the yeast + yeast nutrients? (and perhaps cut down on the sugar a bit, to say 12 pounds?) Thanks!
Yes, just multiplying the recipe x6 would work well (except for the yeast). I probably would add just enough sugar to get to 1.085-1.090 so it would depend on how much natural sugar your crabapples have on how much sugar you add.
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Sounds good, thanks for the quick reply! Can't wait to make it!

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