Fruit Fears Me
- Jan 7, 2009
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What to do, what to do...MAKE WINE, of course! With 50lbs of these babies, I can make many varieties...any suggestions?
Thank you, Sacalait! I can't wait to try this. Yes, these have been frozen..take up 1/2 my upright freezer..yeesh..good yeesh, though. Are Muscadines related to Muscat grapes? Just wondering...Scuppernogs are a variety of muscadines. There are 40+ vareities of muscadines, all having a somewhat different character.
With 50#'s you can make a very flavorful 6gal batch of wine. Freeze them for about a week if they haven't already been frozen (I'm sure they have as the season has been over for 3 months). Thaw and mash as best you can (reserve 1/2gal juice for back sweetening) and place in a 10gal primary. Add 2 3/4 gals water, 8# sugar, (try to achieve a 1.085-1.090 S.G.) 1/4tsp K-meta. Wait 24hrs and add 5tsp. yeast nutrient and pitch yeast starter (I use 71-B). Proceed as with any other wine and use the reserved juice to back sweeten when completed. Sit back and enjoy.
I KNOW--thus the 'naney, naney, boo, boo' post...last year, these things fell from the sky. I feel so blessed. Merry Christmas, everyone!Oh yeah, You stink! Getting 50 lbs of free Muscadines. My free source got wiped out by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I can't find freebies anymore and the Farmer's Markets around here want WAY too much for them here. I think they were like $3.99 a pound this year.
If you were closer, I would hit you up for a trade...oh, well. I love blackberry wine. Our wild crops didn't do so well this last season due to drought.Last week a friend wanted to get rid of some blackberries cause he needed room in the freezer and asked if I'd like them. I ended up with 21gals or about 85#'s. I now have blackberry wine on the go.