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Making Wine?
 
# 1 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 13:25
 
 
At the moment I'm gathering Blackberries and freezing them to make several bottles of blackberry and vanilla wine in a few weeks time when I have enough! I have a recipe that seems good enough. Has anyone made wine of any kind before? How did it turn out? Did you use a kit or follow a recipe?
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# 2 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 21:44
 
 
We make a lot here - always great for birthdays and yule presents. I've currently five carboys on their second round - made almost always from scratch. The kits are great and all if your stuck for something but then end up a bit boring - you never fully know what your getting with each raw brew until its time - and bottles can even taste different (depending when they were bottled from the cast).

Found a scan of my fav brew book - even just ignore the trad and spiritual aspects, the actual recipes are terrific and incredibly well sourced.

http://docslide.us/documents/sacred-herbal-healing-beers-the-secr etc ...

If this your first attempt at blackberry wine?
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# 3 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 21:50
 
 
I'm seriously considering making wine using supermarket grape juice.
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# 4 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 22:26
 
 
Someone said :
I'm seriously considering making wine using supermarket grape juice.

Keep us in the know! I hope tho that you avoid anything with preservatives as the yeast wont latch
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# 5 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 22:45
 
 
Cool, thanks for the tip! I am sure I can easily find organic and additive free juice.
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# 6 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 22:53
 
 
Someone said :
Found a scan of my fav brew book - even just ignore the trad and spiritual aspects, the actual recipes are terrific and incredibly well sourced.

http://docslide.us/documents/sacred-herbal-healing-beers-the-secr etc ...

If this your first attempt at blackberry wine?

Yes first time brewing blackberry wine! I've brewed ginger beer which was pretty good.

That link looks like a message board. Can't see a specific recipe for wine.
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# 7 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 22:57
 
 
Its a slow upload my side - the gray square eventually turns into a scan of the book.

if you go to page 200 that's what we were working on last Sat - a mugwort ale.
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# 8 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 23:08
 
 
Buckets of apple juice produced a plethora of uninvited guests in the form of fruit flies,after that the kits worked out quite well,producing gallons of duty free wine,jazzed up sometimes with chillis and other such flavour enhancers.
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# 9 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 23:08
 
 
*cocks head to side* Mugwort ale is a wine?
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# 10 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 23:09
 
 
Someone said :
Buckets of apple juice produced a plethora of uninvited guests in the form of fruit flies,after that the kits worked out quite well,producing gallons of duty free wine,jazzed up sometimes with chillis and other such flavour enhancers.

Oh nice!! Recipe please?
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# 11 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 23:14
 
 
Just the normal supermarket kits but with fruit or chilli added to the demi-john after fermentation.
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# 12 : Thursday 3-9-2015 @ 23:22
 
 
Nope its an ale, was just pointing out what we were working on last week. The last full wine we made was late elderflower and peach - not ready yet.

Blackberry; haven't had in a while but it's actually delicious - I'd never thought of the berries as warming until I had a taste of it.
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# 13 : Friday 4-9-2015 @ 00:50
 
 
What yeast do you use for wine?
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# 14 : Friday 4-9-2015 @ 06:57
 
 
Someone said :
Just the normal supermarket kits but with fruit or chilli added to the demi-john after fermentation.

Fuck sake, what kits? So you didn't just use any old juice?
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# 15 : Friday 4-9-2015 @ 20:29
 
 
Someone said :
What yeast do you use for wine?

We've tried the wild yeast approach loads in the past, especially when dealing with sources like elder etc but it can be a bit of hit and miss.

Red star's Cote des blanc is one of the better ones scent wise - and seems to really take to fruity wines, lalvin's narbonne yeast I've found a bit iffy and has only worked out with a dry white blend. White labs avise wine yeast is decent too - but not well matched with anything heavy (Last year we made a small batch with oak as its main base - was a bit rough) another one is Summation (cant think of the company right now) but it seems to give wines a smooth thinkness which is quite nice.

Other than that there's premier curvee which has the fasted fermentation I've seen

Frodo: http://www.homebrewwest.ie/magnum-14-day-wine-kits-30-bottles-118 etc ...

Loads of supermarkets sell the kits now - I've seen them mostly in Tescos over here but there def a trend about the place
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