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  1. M

    oregon grape wine

    Actually, I used 8 lbs per 6 gallons. I do a lot of stirring and bag squeezing. I was even hoping to doing another batch with some reuse. When I pulled the strainer from the fermentation bucket I could see that the berries gave all. My latest batch was Apple wine, and I passed the apples...
  2. M

    oregon grape wine

    Wine is fermenting nicely. Four 6 gallon worth. Another bumper crop of the berries, so I will begin making another big batch about the time this current batch is ready for bottling, next spring.
  3. M

    Where to get sugar

    I felt like another hoarder just buying the 3 that I did. I was at the same grocery store yesterday, and they have plenty of sugar now, at least ten 25lbs bags. Price is still high, but at least it is now available. Feels like things are starting to normalize.
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    Where to get sugar

    I found sugar this morning. C&H was ~$25 for a 25lb bag. An off brand was $18.99 a bag. Twice what I have paid in the past, but I grabbed 3 bags and am happy to have them. :db I will start the Oregon Grape wine tomorrow. I consulted an old recorded success from years ago, and this sugar...
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    Where to get sugar

    Everybody uses TP.
  6. M

    Where to get sugar

    I just don't understand the run on sugar. Before making wine, I don't recall ever buying even a pound of sugar. Maybe a little on some cereal, or in tea or coffee, but that was it. I have to go into Missoula tomorrow, and I borrowed my neighbors Costco card. Maybe one of the 2 Walmarts might...
  7. M

    Where to get sugar

    TP and Sugar is political? I have never heard that before.
  8. M

    Where to get sugar

    I can't seem to find the usual 25lb bags of sugar. The covid-19 has created a run on sugar. Maybe I won't be making any wine this year. :(
  9. M

    oregon grape wine

    I am getting anxious to start making the wine. Weather is warm for this time of the year, but still just a wee bit to cold to get a fermentation going.
  10. M

    oregon grape wine

    Bear Claws and display picture is done. Has been now for a few months. Came out really good, especially since I spent nearly nothing on it.
  11. M

    oregon grape wine

    I like this one better. Black Bears with the claws off a black bear. I have the perfect spot to hang it also. This is big too at 32"x48". I'm going to sleep on it, but this could be perfect. And to really finish it would be to tie a paracord lanyard with several claws separated by copper...
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    oregon grape wine

    That and maybe a picture of a bear with a good broad matting outlining the picture. I could cut into the matting and insert a few of the claws at the edges for a unique piece of wall art. Or even better, I could do a rough frame (salavged weathered wood), and my router and dremel work would...
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    oregon grape wine

    An interesing update to this Bumper Crop. I wasn't the only one interested in these berries. During my time spent picking, I kept seeing signs of a bear. Then I was hearing of sightings. Then I was seeing then bear, and the dog was too. The bear became brazen, showing no fear, and actually...
  14. M

    Blueberry Wine

    When it clears.
  15. M

    Help Please: How do you let wine age?

    Bottles were free. 30c a bottle of wine was my cost. Now it is less.
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