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CortneyD

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Hi Everyone! I'm Cortney and I've been wine making for just shy of a year now in northern Wiscons. I started wine making as a way to use up the accumulating fruit in the freezer- lots of black raspberries, cultivated raspberries, rhubarb, blackberries and serviceberries. I'm big into research/learning before I do anything and have been using recipes primarily from Terry Garey's book and the purple Winemaker's Recipe Handbook on the advice from our local supplies guy (who is a very helpful mentor!). I've already made and bottled a number of varieties and have more in the works now. I'm excited to learn more and get to know y'all.
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Cortney
 

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Hi Everyone! I'm Cortney and I've been wine making for just shy of a year now in northern Wiscons. I started wine making as a way to use up the accumulating fruit in the freezer- lots of black raspberries, cultivated raspberries, rhubarb, blackberries and serviceberries. I'm big into research/learning before I do anything and have been using recipes primarily from Terry Garey's book and the purple Winemaker's Recipe Handbook on the advice from our local supplies guy (who is a very helpful mentor!). I've already made and bottled a number of varieties and have more in the works now. I'm excited to learn more and get to know y'all.
Thanks!
Cortney
Hi Cortney! Welcome to WMT!

I have that book too, my wife bought it for me a few years ago. From what I remember, she may have been a little high on the sugar to fruit ratio, so always remember you'll make a better wine the more fruit you have and the less added sugar you have.

I know sometimes you have to add some sugar to get it up above 10% ABV, which helps keep nasties from growing in your finished wine. But if I don't have enough fruit for a 5 or 6 gallon batch I back it off for a 3 gallon batch to keep the sugar additions to a minimum.

Enjoy your research, this is a great place to learn more about wine making!
 

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Welcome !! There is a great wine making club near you in Marshfield WI. PM me for details - if interested
 

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Welcome @CortneyD
FYI; There are several wine making clubs in Wisconsin which do things as group juice bucket/ fresh grape buys or having speakers as the U of Minnesota winery manager or putting on the state fair wine contest.
That is great to know! I'll get searching! Thank you!
 

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