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Old 05-27-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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I want your back yard.


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The part your seeing is the "garden". It is chain linked and chicken wired to help keep pests out, but the kids still find there way in there.
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last year was the first year I grew grapes. one of the neighbor kids (5-8 y/o) cut it off at the ground. it hasn't come back. I lost 3 hop plants due to the same kids as well. I'm gonna put my yard in prison lock down.
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last year was the first year I grew grapes. one of the neighbor kids (5-8 y/o) cut it off at the ground. it hasn't come back. I lost 3 hop plants due to the same kids as well. I'm gonna put my yard in prison lock down.
Ouch! (Little monsters....)
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Havent been able to identify these yet....

This is the smaller vine of the two. The back side of the leaves are a bit fuzzy.


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The larger vine closeup
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All grape varieties have certain distinct features. The easiest to identify are the color of grape (which will be hard to determine till veraison occurs mid to late summer), and the shape of the clusters. Those two factors plus the knowledge of vigor, hardiness, flavor, acidity, and sugar levels will help you identify your vines.

Sry I have no idea what kind of grapes those are and realistically it will probably take awhile, if not years, to know for sure what varietals you have
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It's no doubt looking very nice.. And you have a great work done in your garden.. But I want to know that how do you make wine this those grapes.. Share your grape wine recipe.. If possible..?
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I do not have a true recipe but rather a few base rules. Then i will vary the process based on how the grapes do for that particular year.

I crush with stems and do a light 6-12 hour maceration. Sulphite to 25 ppm during crush and press the juice. I take a gravity reading and test for acidity then adjust to fit the flavor profile of the grapes. After fermentation I will bulk age the wine until the next years harvest where I will then taste and adjust the current years numbers to fit my taste buds from the previous years wine.

Like I said, no real recipe just adjusting my numbers to fit my own taste buds.


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