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Old 11-16-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving-time Fruit- Wine

Anyone partake of home-brewing or wine-making? This time of year, I get the yen to catch a post-turkey day sale of Cranberries. Last year our 99-cent store had a mountain of Ocean Spray lb. bags, two for a dollar!


I "mash" them using my wife's blender:
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The "primary fermenter" (I hate such formality!) is a 5-gallon food-grade bucket:



From there, after about 7 days, the mash is filtered through a pillow-case, and finishes fermenting in big glass carboys, which, fortunately, I've been able to preserve over the years. Gettin' hard to find. imp

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Old 11-16-2018, 09:02 PM   #2
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Cranberry wine? I’m IN! Sounds unusual and tasty!
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:22 PM   #3
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Cranberries are great for winemaking because they have so little fine pulp, that the skins & seeds easily filter out, and the resulting yeast/fruit/sugar/water mixture settles out quickly and cleanly. Also, amazingly deep color!

I got interested in making wine while living in Missouri, where we had plum and peach trees, tons of fruit, and only two people to eat them, allowing for the birds! I happened upon a guy's site who took to winemaking after getting out of the Service. His list of recipes begins with "Allegheny Shadbush Wine" and ends with "Zucchini Wine", with over a hundred others alphabetically. He explains how each fruit or vegetable type responds to the process, some very well, others so-so. I've never tried Artichoke Wine, nor Coffee Wine. His list: winemaking: requested recipes (Maraschino-Chocolate Sweet Mead)
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:54 AM   #4
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My oldest brother started a tradition of serving Cold Duck.
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