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I need to clarify something. Keller's recipes will work with the amount of fruit listed if you have great, flavorful fruit. Nowadays they're not that easy to find. He even says if the fruit isn't "perfect" to increase the quantity. Crappy fruit, crappy wine.
Like all wines a wine with a bad structure is a bad wine in the finish.
 

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I’ll tell what else is very good Jalapeño wine
There’s a wine maker out there in New Mexico that sent Me two bottles of his wine and both of them are outstanding never tasted that type of wine before but what a trip
 

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I’ll tell what else is very good Jalapeño wine
There’s a wine maker out there in New Mexico that sent Me two bottles of his wine and both of them are outstanding never tasted that type of wine before but what a trip
Thanks for that opinion!
I plan on doing a Corbaci pepper wine - sweet, good flavor. Black Hungarian wine - sweet but a bit hotter than a jalapeno. Maybe I'll do a paprika? Growing 3 kinds. Have a total of 17 different peppers this year. Lots of options.
 

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Too late to help this year perhaps but someone turned me on to a way to pick the flowers quickly; takes me about two seconds from my fingers touching the flower to having the loose petals, no green.

Use your thumb and pointer finger and place them with the base of the flower between them; you’ll have the green base. Apply light pressure and rub the green base between your fingers, basically rubbing your thumb along the first part of the pointer finger. After a few seconds, the petals will be loosened and you can grasp the top of the petals and pull them free, leaving all the green behind. Takes a little practice but it beats checking for bits of green.
 

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@BigDaveK What did you end up doing for your recipe? I have the first batch in secondary now. It has orange and lemon. If you did a more basic version I would be interested in trying it.

I had another 5 cups of petals in the freezer, finally topped it up today and have a couple litres steeping. Trying to figure out which way to go.
 

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Yes, I did super traditional to establish a baseline. I'm looking forward to trying other recipes.


I think I did #8 in the Keller dandelion collection I attached (first PDF)..
 

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