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Old 06-03-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default Help With My First Strawberry Wine

It's strawberry season here in Virginia and I'm planning to make a 5 gallon batch of Strawberry Wine. I'm just looking for some suggestions and hints from people who have made strawberry wine before. Here's what i'm planning to do...
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-15 to 20 pounds of strawberries
-3 gallons of spring water (or enough to fill my 6.5 gallon fermentation bucket)
-1/8 or 1/4 tsp Sodium Bisulfite
-20-25 drops of liquid pectic enzyme
-1 pkg of Red Star Yeast
-8 pounds of Sugar or enough for sg of 1.075-1.085 11-12%
-1tsp wine tannin
-8 tsp acid blend to about .60% tartaric
-5 tsp yeast nutrient

From what i've read online it suggest that I do the following...Clean and chop the strawberries and add the Sodium Bisulfite, acid blend, wine tannin and enough water to cover the strawberries into my primary fermenter. Let this sit covered with a towel or leave the lid loss for 24 to 48 hours stirring every 8 hours or so. Then add the sugar, water, yeast and yeast nutrient then cover again for 7 to 10 days. After a week or so in the primary siphon into my secondary glass carboy and attach an airlock and let sit and ferment for about a month. Then start the siphon until clear process using another glass carboy.

I have experience with mead making and my question is, should I put strawberries into my secondary. It seems like it'll be a big waste of money to just use the strawberries for 7 days. After the 24-48 hour start should I just add the rest of the ingredients and put an airlock on and wait the month, then siphon into my secondary? I'm looking to get the most out of the strawberries, it seems that it would be best to just add the the yeast, sugar, yeast nutrients and the airlock, and allow it to ferment with the berries the entire 30 days. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 06-03-2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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After thinking about my initial response and remembering those pesty strawberry seeds, I don't think it would be good to leave the berries in much longer then 7 days. Darn seeds!


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Old 06-03-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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sorry to be a pedantic botanist, but i guess that's what i am,,, those black things are the fruits, and the red part is basically a swollen bit of stem, actually the part where all the flower organs attach to the stem. odd, true, and totally useless information
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http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques5.asp

I am doing the second recipe, after a week in the bucket I had a very nice looking wine starting to form, currently sitting in a 1 gallon carboy. The seeds and gunk were an absolute pain to filter though!

I might stop at Aldi's and get some more strawberrys, they have some fantastic ones here for $.99/lb
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