I went out picking blackberries today for my blackberry melomel. I only needed 8 lbs, but ended up with 16 lbs of berries! I was thinking of using the last 8 lbs for making maybe a gallon of blackberry wine, and I found this strange recipe:
1 gal. Blackberries
1 gal. Spring water, lukewarm
5 lbs. sugar
2 slices toast
1 pkg yeast
In a very large wide-mouthed container, crush the berries and add water. Mix in half of the sugar and stir until dissolved. Float toast on top and sprinkle with yeast. Cover container with cheesecloth and let stand for 5 days. Add remaining sugar and leave for another 2 days. Stir well. Let the mixture sit undisturbed for 3 more weeks. Strain through cheesecloth to remove seeds from wine. Bottle and serve when desired.
TOAST? It says to add two slices of toast to the must! I've never made wine before, and it was more of an experiment with excess free fruit, but TOAST? This can't be a real recipe can it?