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Old 09-06-2014, 02:55 AM   #101
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Any chance you could get a picture of the berry cluster and the leaves for identification? I have a tree on the edge of my yard that might be chokecherry but I really don't know and am not one to just eat something unknown.

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Old 09-06-2014, 12:35 PM   #102
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Any chance you could get a picture of the berry cluster and the leaves for identification? I have a tree on the edge of my yard that might be chokecherry but I really don't know and am not one to just eat something unknown.
They are Prunus virginiana, related to black cherry and pin cherry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_virginiana has some photos.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:26 PM   #103
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I believe what I have are chokecherry. These are definitely full grown trees though. I don't know how I would harvest 99% of them.

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Old 09-07-2014, 12:17 AM   #104
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I harvested some choke cherries this year and will blend them with a big red to hopefully get.... Something!

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Where do I get large mesh bags, do you have a picture, or dimensions? 15-20 lbs of choke cherries in the freezer, ready to start some wine. Do you add a clearing agent?

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Where do I get large mesh bags, do you have a picture, or dimensions? 15-20 lbs of choke cherries in the freezer, ready to start some wine. Do you add a clearing agent?
I get the mesh bags from two places- the homebrew store and lately from Wilserbrew, here on the forum.

http://biabbags.webs.com/

I get the large bags that line my entire fermenter, and the put the frozen (thawing) chokecherries in there, and tie them up to contain them.

I use pectic enzyme in the must, but otherwise do not use finings. I'm not really opposed to them, except that I want a vegetarian-friendly wine and most finings come from animal products (or plastic type of finings, ick!).
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