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  • From: mIEKAL aND <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Betsy and Mulberry wine.
  • Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 21:52:06 -0500

All good advice Murph but I would also recommend for small scale vintners to
get a Finnish steam juicer, & make wine with juice rather than putting it in
a bag & floating it in the primary. Body & character are vastly improved &
since the steam juicer semi-sterilizes the fruit I typically use 1/5 to 1/8
of the SO2 needed to keep a batch from turning.

I just put in a row of Illinois Everbearing to see if I could convince the
birds to let me pick enough fruit to make wine. I'm right on the edge of
hardiness for I.E. so it will be interesting to see if I can keep them


On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 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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