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Old 03-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #1
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So I'm curious to see if anyone has ever made any wines from fruits/berries they have grown themselves. The idea hit me today while pruning back our ever growing raspberry patch...."I COULD MAKE ALCOHOL FROM THESE!!!"

What are your past experiences?
What plants did you use?
Any words of wisdom?

I think I may try a Raspberry/Blackberry/Elderberry-Wine/Cider this fall...


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Old 03-11-2013, 04:07 AM   #2
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My grandfather made many from dolgo crab apples and currant berries. Both were quite good.


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Old 03-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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I have from apples, and used some of my rhubarb in a strawberry-rhubarb mead.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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I've made lots of wine from foraged fruit. 15 pounds for 5 gallons is the magic number generally or up to 25 lbs for a port style. Some of my best so far are paw paw and mulberry. Im going to try japanese knotweed and elderflower this year.In addition to adjusting specific gravity you will vastly improve your wine by adjusting acid too. Acid testing kit is like $20 or so.....
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Yes, making wine from homegrown/foraged fruits is not a new concept.

Raspberry wine/mead is my favorite, 8#/gal is all you need for a 100% raspberry wine. Raspberry-elderberry blend is good, I ferment separately and then blend. Chokecherry, persimmon, dandelion, rhubarb, strawberry, blackberries, mint, rosehips, hibiscus, pear, peach, mango, pumpkin, coffee, peppers, even jam and jelly...the list goes on and on.

WinemakerMagazine has a good article on country wine.... http://www.winemakermag.com/stories/...ine-cornucopia
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Plus one on the mango. Probably my favorite white. Add 5oz oak chips for a while it's like a nice chard.
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Its called a Wineyard, similar to a vineyard, but can include besides different vines, berry bushes, fruit trees grown for making wine besides just grapes. We have one specifically for winemaking, threw in some bees and now it a Meadyard! WVMJ
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I grow crabapples, grapes, blackberries, rhubarb, elderberries, and so on.

I pick chokecherries, strawberries, blueberries, apples, etc- whatever I can find.

Those are some of my favorite wines.
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Its called a Wineyard, similar to a vineyard, but can include besides different vines, berry bushes, fruit trees grown for making wine besides just grapes. We have one specifically for winemaking, threw in some bees and now it a Meadyard! WVMJ
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I made blueberry last year from my parent's bushes. I didn't get very fancy: fruit, sugar, water, yeast. No yeast nutrient, energizer, ect that other folks use. It turned out great. Unfortunately everyone wanted it as Christmas presents so I gave all but 4 or 5 bottles away. I plan on making at least twice as much this year, and I may do some with vanilla bean or extract.


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