Discussion in 'Food & Wine' started by Darkwind, Sep 18, 2017.
Take it elsewhere tigerred59
So to make ze vine do you have to boil it with sugar or just add sugar and let it ferment? I have never made wine, just beer...
I live here in the woods and hills of the Ozarks, not to fer from Jed Clampett. I have a bunch of elderberry trees I'd like to make wine with....Not the trees but the berrys.
A few steps. After I juiced the watermelons, I added sugar to the approximate alcohol level I wanted. The hydrometer reading for the juice was 1.03 which is about 4% ABV. I wanted 1.16 so that it would be nearly 16%. I overshot the mark on the six-gallon bucket and ended up with 1.185. LOL. So the yeast I used is viable up to 15% alcohol which means I won't have to back sweeten that batch. I should end up with nearly 17% and a lightly tart wine. I added some yeast energizer and nutrient, then some wine tannin, pectin enzyme (for clarity later on). I forgot to put a Campden table in the first batch so I'm worried there may be some stray yeast strains. That was it. I pitched a WLP 720 wine yeast so it should be good.
On the second batch, I did the same except that I used a Campden tablet and let it sit overnight to kill off any wild yeast. I also took better care with the sugar and decided to go a bit lower on the alcohol and went with 1.1 which should give Me about 12 to 14%.
Oh, I used just straight granulated white table sugar.
ETA: Oh, and the second batch I used a LALVIN EC 1118 champagne yeast.
Elderberry wine is fantastic!
I would have lined them up in the back yard and shot them with my AK-47. Watermelons be fun to shoot.
If I can out wrestle the birds to get them.
Yeah, that is an issue. I had to take a few yards of tulle and wrap My grape vines to keep the birds from stealing the grapes. They're almost ripe and I"m looking forward to a batch of concord grape jelly!
LOL Yes they are.
But I can't shoot here in the borough and I didn't feel like lugging a 100 pounds of watermelon up to My sister-in-law's place just to shoot them.
We get wild mustang grapes but they are bitter...Lot's of raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries....
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