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Old 04-19-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
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I spoke to my boss at the farm today, and asked what fruit was the first to be harvested in the spring. (trying to figure out what the first batch I could whip up was?) Her answer: shad berry. aka service berry. Apparrently its the first tree to bloom in the spring, (white flowers?) does any one have a recipe for shad berry wine? I've never heard of these berries, but berry wine is berry wine; I'll try it.

While on the topic, what are other early, early spring wines can be made? whats ripe soon? honey suckle? whats an april wine?


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Old 04-19-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
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They are a favorite of ours when the fruit ripens. You have to act fast, though, because the birds love them, especially the cedar waxwings.

For blossom wines, try forsythia and azalea. Forsythia blossoms when dried and made into tea are quite effective at fighting colds and flu, and some claim that the wine is of good use for women's health. I think they just feel better because it's wine. Seriously, though, it's probably one of the prettiest yellow hues imaginable. That color doesn't always survive fermentation, though. It takes even more forsythia blooms to make wine than dandelion, but fortunately they grow in masses on the bushes so picking is a lot easier. Make up the SG with honey and I think you'll find another favorite! I don't know much about azalea's properties or the wine but I want to make some this spring. I just haven't had a free bucket, pail or carboy in months....


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thanks Ross, good advice. Who else has plans for spring?
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Do you have some surplus Shadberries you could send me? I'll pay!
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Who else has plans for spring?
We made 3 gallons of rhubarb wine last weekend. It's our first time for this recipe,but if it makes good wine, it'll be the easiest thing I've ever put under an airlock.

I've got 3 gallons of dandelion bubbling away from last weekend too and another gallon in my primary. It's alot more work, but if you like sweet/desert wines, it's really good. I like making it because it's the first thing I ferment after a winter of inactivity.

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I'm going to be starting my first dandelion wine here soon, got the dandelion petals in the freezer. I'm also going to be picking a bunch of lilacs and freezing them to make a wine with as soon as I can.

Another though is jack cellars tulip wine.
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ha no surplus - my boss seems to think theyre "everywhere" but i sure can't find em
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I usually only make rhubarb and dandelion wine out of spring fruits and flowers, but I have a huge lilac bush and lilac wine is wonderful.


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