Spring is upon us... - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Winemaking Forum > Spring is upon us...

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-17-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
TerapinChef
 
TerapinChef's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
St. Clair Shores, MI, Michigan
Posts: 1,021
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts



...so who's making some locally sourced (read, self-harvested/foraged/scavenged) wine? I'm kicking off my first spring "winemaking" with a dandelion, hopefully soon, then planning a big ol' batch of mulberry soon. Also, depending on what fruits show up cheap/plentiful this year, may play with some other things....
__________________


See My Profile for Current Brews

My 3/4 Ton Brewstand "Build"

The Belgian Lady Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,597
Liked 155 Times on 145 Posts


I could probably knock out 20-30 gallons of rhubarb wine for the huge patch I have, but I'm not fond of the stuff.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 10:20 PM   #3
pulpfiction32
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
PA
Posts: 98

I grow my own Blackberries and Strawberries so I will

be doing batches of those

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 10:37 PM   #4
klcramer
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Posts: 233
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


I'm growing blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Will use some of those if I can keep the wife and kids away from them long enough to gather up what I need. Knowing them I may get enough from all the types to make one batch. There a 6 strawberry plants, 4 blueberry bushes, and 5 blackberry bushes not to mention the 3 types of grapes growing on my fence.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 01:25 AM   #5
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,763
Liked 8031 Times on 5610 Posts


I usually start with rhubarb, then dandelion, and the rest of the fruits as they come into season. I'm NOT making rhubarb this year, though. I have 6 gallons from 2008 that I still haven't bottled, and that's my goal for rhubarb this year. I bought the corks, got the bottles washed, but I've been procrastinating bottling it.

I make chokecherry, crabapple, apple, dandelion, blackberries (if I can get them), rhubarb, and catawba grape wine every year and throw in a sour cherry or cranberry batch every couple of years.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 02:31 AM   #6
CandleWineProject
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Pacific NW
Posts: 593
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


My new house has a ton of mint, so I was going to do something with that. Hubby has found a beer recipe for the lemon balm the house has, too. 5 blueberry bushes and some strawberries, grapes, and some marrion berries, but all those might be eaten before they ever become wine. My folks have a small apple orchard, so some cider later this fall.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 05:05 AM   #7
Tsuyako
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Washington US
Posts: 331
Liked 9 Times on 5 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
I'm NOT making rhubarb this year, though. I have 6 gallons from 2008 that I still haven't bottled, and that's my goal for rhubarb this year. I bought the corks, got the bottles washed, but I've been procrastinating bottling it.
Well you could send a carboy or two this way...i'll bottle them!
__________________
Fermenters: Empty
BB1: Empty
BB2: Empty
Growler 1 & 2: Banana Wine

Bottled: Nothing :( I need to change this.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 12:42 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,763
Liked 8031 Times on 5610 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tsuyako View Post
Well you could send a carboy or two this way...i'll bottle them!
Haha- don't tempt me! It's in a 6 gallon carboy, and it's been perfectly clear for about 15-16 months, maybe longer. It will get bottled this week, I promise. Well, next week at the latest.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2010, 12:21 AM   #9
burrrabbit
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
arkansas
Posts: 4

Looks like I'll start with mayhaws from our trees in the yard, then dew berries growing wild in field. Looks like a bumper crop going by the blooms.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2010, 02:26 PM   #10
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,597
Liked 155 Times on 145 Posts


There's wild strawberries all over the meadow, but the critters get the crop. Still have 12 lbs of blackberries in the freezer that I didn't need for the wine last year. Have to decide between cider, jelly and back-sweetening.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spring IPA sleepystevenson Homebrew Ale Recipes 2 08-14-2010 03:02 PM
MD spring brew day Ryan_PA North East Homebrew Forum 417 04-26-2010 06:46 PM
a 4 week spring ale? BucksPA Recipes/Ingredients 10 04-13-2010 01:56 AM
Spring is here springer General Chit Chat 2 03-19-2010 05:31 PM
Spring Training StevieG General Beer Discussion 6 12-19-2008 08:01 PM


Forum Jump