[NAFEX] Mulberry wine.

Elizabeth Hilborn ehilborn at mebtel.net
Thu May 26 07:24:09 EDT 2011

Thanks folks,

I was thinking of adding a more acidic or tannic fruit to the mulberries 
enhance the flavor.  Some ideas based upon what is ripe locally now 
include:  rhubarb; wild cherry; strawberries.

Any favorite flavors that you would recommend?  The cherries are pretty 
tart, and I do not have a good feel for what will eventually translate 
to an 'off flavor'; in fruit wine. Or is an 'off flavor' always spoilage?
> Also, for bland fruit, tannin can be added.
> Dan
> On 5/25/2011 7:13 PM, Richard MURPHY wrote:
>> Hello Vintners;
>> When you make wine, especially fruit wine, it is important to preserve the character of the fruit it's made with. Mulberries have some sugar, but are fairly bland. Some of the (malic) acid will be consumed during fermentation.
>> Typically, it takes about 3 to 4 lbs. of fruit to make a decent gallon of wine; unless it's lemon or some other LOUD fruit.
>> The fruit is crushed. A blender is OK. Pectic Enzyme is added, and 1 Campden tablet, and this whole mess is allowed to sit overnight covered in the fridge. 24 hrs. is better.  THen, in most cases, the juice is squeezed from the pulp, which is discarded.
>> Then, apple juice or water is added to make one gallon total.
>> Now, the juice is checked for Specific Gravity (sugar content) using a hydrometer. Sugar is added until the right gravity is reached.
>> Then, acid is checked. I actually check pH, not acid, using the wine pH test strips: 2.8 to 4.2 pH.
>> Shoot for 3.4 or 3.6, by adding acid blend or malic acid. Citric is not advised for this.
>> Good sugar, good acid, Campden&   Pectic Enzyme already aboard; time for the primary ferment.
>> Innoculate and get ready!
>> PS    Don't be a hero. Use the Campden tablet!!
>> Murph

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