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I decided to take the leap into winemaking after acquiring nearly all of the equipment I'd need for a crazy good price at a garage sale. I started with a kit (Orchard Breezin spritzer) to learn the general process. Since it was low abv, I used 4L jugs. I'll be trying bottling for the first time in a week or so when my 2nd batch is ready (Cellar Master cab sav kit). I found the forum when searching for a recipe for Dragon's Blood. I thought it would be a good first "from scratch" experience. I am really excited to make anything and everything, and I love that there seems to be a mix of art and science to winemaking. I would love suggestions on what to try next. It's cold and dark here in winter, so I'll have plenty of time on my hands.
 

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Welcome to WMT

With the late summer and fall harvest season here your timing is excellent. Do you have a lot of freezer space? Almost any fruit, and many vegetables, that you wish to use for wine making can be harvested now and frozen for later fermentation. I would recommend an apple wine. You can chop and ferment the whole fruit without the need for a press. Just plan for a lot of lees. Also elderberries, blackberries, plums, etc. do you have an over abundance of tomatoes or beets? Lots of possibilities. Search the site
For recipes and ask questions.
 

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Welcome, Raelynn! Had a browse around the forum? Lots of good information and answers to questions.
 

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Welcome to WMT

With the late summer and fall harvest season here your timing is excellent. Do you have a lot of freezer space? Almost any fruit, and many vegetables, that you wish to use for wine making can be harvested now and frozen for later fermentation. I would recommend an apple wine. You can chop and ferment the whole fruit without the need for a press. Just plan for a lot of lees. Also elderberries, blackberries, plums, etc. do you have an over abundance of tomatoes or beets? Lots of possibilities. Search the site
For recipes and ask questions.

I have lots of freezer space, but being in Canada we have a short harvest season and I've already missed apples. I will hopefully have rhubarb and saskatoon berries next summer too, so this winter will mainly be recipes with store-bought frozen fruit. Beets are cheap though, and haven't been harvested yet, so I am going to go research that. Thank you!
 

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Welcome to WMT!
Drinking wine that you made is such a wonderful and satisfying feeling.
And I agree about the freezer. I have a full size fridge, a smaller fridge for my vegetable ferments, and a small chest freezer. All the freezers are packed. This is ridiculous - I may have to get another chest freezer for food.
 

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Welcome Raelynn. I am also new to this group. I agree with bigdave that drinking wine that you made is very satisfying. As for using frozen base? I used to catch the local market when they put the frozen fruit on sale and use that.
 

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