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Had to try.
5 lbs of leaves and tendrils from vine cuttings are soaked for 48 hours. Yeast will be going in today.

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Two BIG surprises-

1 - The color of the water was not expected.
2 - The water tastes like an unknown citrusy fruit!! Yes, it tastes good!

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Interestin, could be from oxidization ?
 

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Are you fermenting with the leaves & tendrils or just the tea?
This time just the tea.
5 lbs of leaves and tendrils has considerable volume and I had to use a 5 gallon bucket rather than my usual small batch 2 gallon bucket.

I have another recipe that uses 8 qts of chopped leaves and tendrils that go into primary. I hope to try that also for comparison.
 

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Just found this recipe in a 1971 book by T. Edwin Belt.
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Vine prunings 3 pints
Sultanas 3/4 lb
Sugar 1 3/4 lb
Citric acid 1/8 tsp
Malic acid 1/4 tsp
Tartaric acid 1/4 tsp
Nutrient 2 tsp
Hock yeast 1 pkt
Water to 1 gallon
 

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Just found this recipe in a 1971 book by T. Edwin Belt.
Vine wine
Vine prunings 3 pints
Sultanas 3/4 lb
Sugar 1 3/4 lb
Citric acid 1/8 tsp
Malic acid 1/4 tsp
Tartaric acid 1/4 tsp
Nutrient 2 tsp
Hock yeast 1 pkt
Water to 1 gallon
That's the other recipe I have. Bought the book used for 3 bucks. Interesting reading, a little gem! I'm happy so far with the one I did so next time I prune I'll try Belt's recipe for comparison.

I used C.J.J. Berry's recipe. Another interesting read.
 

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That's the other recipe I have. Bought the book used for 3 bucks. Interesting reading, a little gem! I'm happy so far with the one I did so next time I prune I'll try Belt's recipe for comparison.

I used C.J.J. Berry's recipe. Another interesting read.
C J J Berry was a co-founder of the first winemaking club in UK down in Andover, he published the "Amateur Winemaker" magazine, published and wrote books. T. Edwin belt was a regular contributor to the magazine. I've got another book of his tucked away somewhere, about making Elderberry wine, full of recipes, all variations of the poor man's grape.;)
 

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C J J Berry was a co-founder of the first winemaking club in UK down in Andover, he published the "Amateur Winemaker" magazine, published and wrote books. T. Edwin belt was a regular contributor to the magazine. I've got another book of his tucked away somewhere, about making Elderberry wine, full of recipes, all variations of the poor man's grape.;)
I did not know that. Thanks.
Just ordered another Berry book today. On the hunt for more Belt books. Used and under 5 bucks is my guideline.
 

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Racked this morning - and I am blown away!
It really tastes good, like a grape based wine. I can't believe it. And surprisingly good mouth feel. You'd think there had to be grapes or raisins or at least bananas in the must.
It's still young but I love it so far.
If I didn't have other wines in the queue I'd start another batch.

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I find this interesting...

I found a recipe for vine wine in "A Treatise On The Art Of Making Wine From Native Fruits" published in 1820.

It's described as "An excellent brisk wine..."

Most of the recipes are for 10 or 18 gallons which I assume correspond to cask sizes.
 
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