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Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine

 
Old Fashioned Ways
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02/17/2008 10:50 AM
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Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
Hi,
I am interested in finding old fashioned wine recipes that don't require extra sugar, or yeast. Using just the sugar in the fruit and yeast in the air would work, right?

How did the pioneers make wine since they were not able to run down to the grocery to buy sugar and yeast?

Also, what about corks? I know you can reuse the wine bottles, but how did the old timers close the bottles?

I'm interested in various wine recipes such as apple, grape, peach, pear, etc.

Does anyone have a recipe they would like to share, or a book they would suggest I buy?

Thanks !!!
Anonymous Coward
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02/17/2008 11:20 AM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
Begin with grapes, if you have them.
Anonymous Coward
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02/17/2008 11:22 AM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
I have a recipe, but it does include sugar and yeast.

Have you tried a Google search?
Anonymous Coward (OP)
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02/17/2008 11:27 AM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
I have been looking up recipes on google, but most of them include extra sugars, guess I'll have to experiment. Looks like I can use natural yeast (in the air), but the sugar contend determines the % of alcohol in the final product.

Thanks.

Did find this on winemonthclub.

Fermentation

Fermentation is indeed the magic at play in the making of wine. If left to its own devices must or juice will begin fermenting naturally within 6-12 hours with the aid of wild yeasts in the air. In very clean, well-established wineries and vineyards this natural fermentation is a welcome phenomena. However, for a variety of reasons, many winemakers prefer to intervene at this stage by inoculating the natural must. This means they will kill the wild and sometimes unpredictable natural yeasts and then introduce a strain of yeast of personal choosing in order to more readily predict the end result. Regardless of the chosen path, once fermentation begins, it normally continues until all of the sugar is converted to alcohol and a dry wine is produced. Fermentation can require anywhere from ten days to a month or more. The resulting level of alcohol in a wine will vary from one locale to the next, due to the total sugar content of the must. An alcohol level of 10% in cool climates versus a high of 15% in warmer areas is considered normal. Sweet wine is produced when the fermentation process stops before all of the sugar has been converted into alcohol. This is usually a conscious, intentional decision on the part of the winemaker.
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02/17/2008 11:37 AM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
I recommend Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods. by Sandor Ellix Katz.

Contains info on making
Beer, wine
Yogurt, cheese
KrautsSourdough breads

Find it here:
[link to www.amazon.com]

Have fun, and enjoy!
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02/17/2008 11:39 AM
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BTW, natural yeast is in the air... you even see it, for example as the powdery-white coating on ripe blueberries. Natural yeast is attracted to sweet things, whether fruit on the vine or sugar/flour/mulk in a bowl on the counter.
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02/17/2008 11:59 AM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
You'll need one of these.
[link to homebrewheaven.com]

And for the corks, I find one of these works best:
[link to homebrewheaven.com]
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02/17/2008 12:03 PM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
Everyone, thank you very much!
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02/17/2008 12:03 PM
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Re: Need Wine Recipe or Suggest Book to Make Wine
books
[link to homebrewheaven.com]

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