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Any wine makers in the house?
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:29:06 PM »
I just started two 6 gallon batches of hard apple cider.  It'll be ready for bottling in a few weeks and is just the ticket on a hot summer day.  It's ingredients are apple juice, corn sugar (or leave that out) and some wine yeast.  I have two 6 gallon glass carboys (jugs) and it should be starting to ferment when I get home from work tomorrow.  After its done, I'll add a little more sugar and bottle it.  It'll ferment a little more and carbonate in the bottles.  A week or so after that, I'll pasteurize it and it'll be ready to enjoy.

I've also made scuppernong wine from my own scuppernongs that turned out really nice.  Also done a strawberry and blackberry that wasn't good, but wasn't bad either.  Also made one mead (honey wine) that is just awful.

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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 08:51:21 AM »
Adrian I used to be heavy into wine/cider/mead/shine making. Now I only do a batch of blueberry about once a year to give out at Christmas time.

Ciders are tricky gotta time the bottling just right for what you're doing to make it good.

What kind of yeast do you use?
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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 02:24:29 PM »
This batch and the one I use most often is Lavlin 71B-1122

https://www.northernbrewer.com/products/lalvin-narbonne-yeast-71b-1122

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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 08:40:10 PM »
Like your cider with some kick eh?...lol

I used to use cuvee’ purple...champagne yeast...early on in my booze endeavors the batch I was trying to make cider with went a bit long and became apple wine. I hurredly bottled it...big mistake and made apple scented glass grenades...lol

I switched to pears after that and made a nice warm honey pear wine I was never quite able to duplicate. Too bad too...that stuff was lovely.

Now since I dont drink anymore I make the one batch of blueberry using cuvee’ red. I also do the odd batch of Irish or Hillbilly white wine when I get nagged enough...*wink*
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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 09:18:59 PM »
It should end up around 6-6.5% ABV.  Here is what it looks like around 24 hours in..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgvtwEJLZpE


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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 10:12:48 PM »
Here is 48 hours in...

https://youtu.be/uANqj4KneC4

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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2018, 04:34:54 PM »
  I have dabbled in wine making over the years.  I have all the equipment on hand still and occasionally consider revisiting it as I did enjoy the process.  I also do home brew.
  I have most recently considered making Elderberry wine since this year there seems to be an abundance of Elderberries on roads.  This post may be the impetus necessary to spur me in that direction.   ;)
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Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2018, 07:12:24 PM »
A hard apple cider is easy and delicious.  Carbonating them without making bottle bombs is a little tricky, but you can do it if you read up on it a little.  I haven't made any since 2015, but have this batch going now.  Looking forward to trying it in a few weeks.

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