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bdcl1977

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Has anyone made Japanese prune wine? I have 1 tree and there is about 10 to 15 pounds of prunes just coming in. I have only made 4 wine kits and was thinking I would try my first fruit wine with these prunes. I have 2 carboys empty and wonder how much this would make. I am so new at this I'm not sure I want to tackle a fruit wine at this stage but I have the fruit and they are FREE.

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Don't prunes come from plums??? Don't you have to harvest a plum to then turn it into a prune???
 

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I have no idea what a japanese prune is.. can you post a photo?

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oops

Yes they are plums, my mistake not prunes but plums. Spell check doesn't catch blunders. As you can see they are not very large. They are sweet and have 2 large seeds inside.

Jim

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Your plums look a lot better than the canned Aldi's plums I just made a batch from. I'll bet they will make a tasty wine for you.

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Your plums look a lot better than the canned Aldi's plums I just made a batch from. I'll bet they will make a tasty wine for you.

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And hows your Aldi Plums doing?
 

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It's looking ok so far. I put a couple large glasses of the lees in the fridge and have let it clear. I added a little sugar to a small glass of it and it really is similar to plum wines I have purchased. (Or even Akadama plum wine from my days in Japan in the 60's.) It is very delicate as you mentioned but drinkable.
 

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Loquats

I have done some research and they are Loquats, aka Japanese Plums. I found 3 different wine recipes for up to 2.5 gallons. Low acid and high sugar. I will need at least 2 pounds after pitting. I'll let y"all (southern slang) know if I can come up with that amount.
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If you can get a hold of a steam juicer that would eliminent much of the work like pitting and smashing. J. plums (loquats) give a unique earthy flavor.
 

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Thanks, pitting will take some time. I am harvesting tomorrow and will weigh out the amount to see if there are enough fruit to work with.
 
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