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  1. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    I have but not as diligent as other fruit trees and grapes. They are very hardy
  2. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    that is exactly what I do. I also thin my crowns to the 3 healthiest canes. That pic was from the summer. Still snowy and cold here too. I planted my first grape vines this last summer.
  3. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    Hard to tell from this photo. There is some longer in the pics that are primocanes that haven't been trellised and tipped yet. But if you look close, the canes have nothing more than 12 to 24 from the trellis. These are triple crown variety.
  4. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    Cane management is much more forgiving for sure
  5. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    I couldn’t tell. The wild cane yields are very sporadic. It didn’t help enough to continue. The effort was better suited to expand the tame varieties.
  6. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    I tip my canes(blackberry, i don't have raspberries) to 6 ftish. I also don't let my laterals grow longer than 12 to 24 inches. I try to keep laterals about 12 inches apart on the canes. This keeps mildew down and makes for larger berries. I tried pruning wild berries the same as my tame and...
  7. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    I just started a batch with 9 pounds. I was using 4 to 5 and it just didn't have that depth i was looking for. I was going to go with 10 but they wouldn't fit in my bucket, so 9 it is on this batch. I did the same on this batch. I only added water to dilute sugar. Fingers crossed
  8. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    Im very fortunate. I live in Southeast Mo about 30 miles from the AR border. Blackberries of any variety grow well here. When picking your berries be sure to allow the shine to just disappear before picking. A shiny blackberry is not fully ripe. Blackberries do not continue to ripen off of...
  9. J

    Wild Blackberry Wine

    I put in several varieties of Blackberries over the course of the last 6 years or so. We could never rely on wild so we started planting tame blackberries. With the Deer in our area, the thornless really take a beating and I do not like messing with the nets. I started putting in tame...
  10. J

    Logging and Documenting

    this looks great!
  11. J

    Logging and Documenting

    I've read thru many discussions on here and have not found what most folks use to document their batching. I'm interested in what many of you are doing. Are you using an Ap, are there journals available or the simple spiral notebook method. One thing I've taken from many of the forums is the...
  12. J

    Newbie with lots of questions

    Thanks. I read that on here. Great info. I also forgot to mention that I steam juiced 50 pounds and froze the juice as well. My thought is eventually to try using this. It takes up a lot less freezer space and could be canned too.
  13. J

    Strawberry and Steam Juicer

    i wonder if blackberry would have the same results?
  14. J

    Newbie with lots of questions

    Thanks Dawg
  15. J

    Newbie with lots of questions

    I was just about to pull the trigger on the Apera pH60 today but wanted a confirmation on it first. Thanks so much for the input @ChuckD
  16. J

    Newbie with lots of questions

    Thank you so much.
  17. J

    Newbie with lots of questions

    My wife and I have lived on our place for over 20 years and have built a nice little 3 acre orchard of black berries, blueberries and fruit trees. I've always wanted to make wine and I decided this is the year to start. I will be starting with Blackberry. I have about 50 pounds of leftover...
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