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Old 02-13-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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This is my first time to try wine making and I would appreciate it if some of you would give any advice. I'm making 5 gallons and started with 11lbs of strawberries and 5lbs of sugar. I used 1packet of yeast.

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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I read somewhere that after a couple of days the strawberries will bleach out and turn white and then I should rack my wine an get rid of strawberries. So that's what I did. Was this a good choice or have I messed up?

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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I've not done strawberry wine. But that does sound likely and like a good idea. Did you take hydrometer readings?

How does it taste?

Did you add anything else besides water, strawberries sugar and yeast? Sometimes the ferment can be helped with yeast nutrient in the begining to first 24hours (stagared yeast additions).

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Just tasted my strawberry wine today. I used the same ingredients. It really tasted weak. I was not pleased with it at all. I added some blueberry juice to it hoping it will give it something. It probably won't make the cut of being made again. But on the other hand, I used frozen strawberries... maybe this spring I will try it with fresh.

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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you dont have nearly enough strawberries, add another 20 pounds before the fermentation is done now right into your bucket, its not that they are frozen its that you didnt add nearly enough fruit for 5 gallons

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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That was probably my problem too...not enough strawberries.

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:52 PM   #7
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That was probably my problem too...not enough strawberries.
Definitely!

You can probably get away with 3 pounds per gallon, if the strawberries are exceptionally sweet and good. I'd go with at least 3.5 pounds per gallon.

For a 5 gallon batch, as in this case, using 11 pounds is not nearly enough.
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It did takes a little weak. I will add a lot more tonight. I guess it is a good thing that strawberries are the only fruit that is on sale right now

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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And did anyone's else's strawberries ever sink or did they float the whole time

 
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Definitely!

You can probably get away with 3 pounds per gallon, if the strawberries are exceptionally sweet and good. I'd go with at least 3.5 pounds per gallon.

For a 5 gallon batch, as in this case, using 11 pounds is not nearly enough.
I will try this when the strawberries come in from Louisiana this spring. I made this for my husband, but lately we have been partial to the dark red/purple wines. I never quite knew what you were talking about when they said "mouthfeel", but after making some awesome elderberry based wines...now I know.

 
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