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  1. HillPeople

    Vineyard maintenance Mower question

    The DR trimmers work well for vineyard whacking.
  2. HillPeople

    Old school Dandelion Wine

    I must have posted the recipe here before so I won't repeat it. It came originally from my grandmother (circa 1975) and we make between 12-24 gal/year. It remains one of our most requested wines. The only ingredients- 12-20 lbs, of blossoms picked in full sun- no stems. No need to separate...
  3. HillPeople

    Sulfide aroma (sulfur, rotten egg) - prevention and removal

    No- it probably isn't. I only had to do it a couple times years ago.
  4. HillPeople

    Sulfide aroma (sulfur, rotten egg) - prevention and removal

    I have had success with racking through a sterilized copper scrub pad suspended in the neck of the receiving carboy.
  5. HillPeople

    Aronia - Chokeberry. Has anybody made wine from these or grow them?

    Yes- we've made many gallons so far and do more every year. Fresh and very ripe berries (we have a local farm that has hundreds of bushes), crushed, and use about 4-5 lbs/gal. Sugar to starting SG of 1.090, fermented on the skins to 1.030 or so, end at .990, no backsweeting. I usually add FT...
  6. HillPeople

    Can tomato wine be made with tomato paste?

    Just noticed this tomato wine thread. We've made it the last two years- the first year as an experiment and the last one because the first turned out so well. If I were me, I'd only use ripe tomatoes- cherry, full size- whatever- that can be harvested free end of season. We use about 4-5 lbs per...
  7. HillPeople

    Marquette veraision

    We use FT Rouge and French Oak M+ cubes. Marquette benefits from both.
  8. HillPeople

    Pear wine clearing

    I've found that pear wine benefits nicely from oak cubes.
  9. HillPeople

    Aronia berry Wine

    We've been making Ruby Red Aronia for a few years now with excellent results. We get them at a farm right down the road. Very cold hardy.
  10. HillPeople

    Marquette veraision

    Way behind here in Central NH. A good 2 weeks.
  11. HillPeople

    Marquette versus Frontenac

    Yes- there are people in this latitude who have had great success with Verona, but I have none.
  12. HillPeople

    Marquette versus Frontenac

    After 6 years, I'd choose Frontenac over Marquette- both in the vineyard and winery.
  13. HillPeople

    Old school Dandelion Wine

    Somehow a sunny day in a field of flowers and bees with good friends who are familiar with the end product makes up for it.
  14. HillPeople

    Old school Dandelion Wine

    Bahahaha. That certainly has not been my experience. Picked 18 lbs. yesterday.
  15. HillPeople

    Dandelion Wine Questions...........

    Forget about the tedious separation of green that comes with plucking the blossoms. No stem pieces however. Our typical yearly batch uses 18 lbs of fresh, totally open blossoms picked on a sunny day to make 18 gallons wine. So- about a pound per gallon. The lemon and orange zest is enough to...
  16. HillPeople

    Dandelion Wine Questions...........

    Wine yeast if you want it to finish at 12.5-14% ABV. We use D47. I really don't believe it's necessary to remove the green below the blossom. Our finished wine at 13.8-14% definitely is not bitter- tastes like drinking in a sunny field. We do add white raisins for a little tannin- but never...
  17. HillPeople

    Dandelion Wine Questions...........

    Just a few observations on Dandelion Wine: We've made about 75 gallons since 2013 and it remains one of the most requested. We do not remove the green directly below the blossom. We do start the batch immediately after picking, within 4 hours. We boil with lemon and orange peels for 1 hour...
  18. HillPeople

    Missoula Vinyard

    All our vines are still sleeping here in N. Sandwich, NH. Elevation 1300'. Cold and wet spring so far. Picture from this morning.
  19. HillPeople

    No Alcohol Detected

    Next time, start out with an SG of around 1.090. That's our target for raspberry and cranberry wines, so I would think strawberry would be similar.