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Question about fruit wines?

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Ty520

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a fan of wine,and now that I have the mead bug, I'm curious to try fruit wines.

Was hoping someone could share a reliable,simple and versatile (ie, works with various fruits) recipe?

The recipes I have found online so far online seem to be all over the place. Although one of the better reviewed recipes I could find was a bit intimidating: multiple rackings, and lots more hands on management than mead.also Sounds like they need much longer before they become palatable?
 

bernardsmith

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What fruit catches your fancy? Recipes are for cooks. Wine (or mead) making does not really involve a recipe. If you are talking about a mead, you select the honey that you think will go well with the fruit you want to showcase and you decide what yeast will best work to bring out the flavors you want given the conditions you will be fermenting in - and then you decide whether you want the alcohol to extract the flavors from the fruit (in which case you add the fruit to the secondary) , you want the yeast to be at its most active when it ferment the sugars in the fruit (and so you add the fruit to the primary ) or you want a bit of both (fruit that is added to the secondary tends to taste brighter in the finished mead. If you are simply making a wine - not a mead you can still add fruit to the secondary: the alcohol in the secondary is a better solvent than water in the primary when it comes to extracting flavors.
All that said, most fruit has a starting gravity of about 1.045 (+/- 5 points) , so the least amount of water you add the less you dilute flavors. Most fruit has pectins and pectins cause haze so you might want to add pectic enzyme about 12 -24 hours before you pitch the yeast. Most fruit expresses more juice when you thaw fruit from a frozen state (the ice crystals burst cell walls); and rather than add sugar to fruit to up the gravity you might consider simply expressing the juice and then slowly thawing the juice that you then freeze. If you carefully collect about 1/3 of that juice this will contain virtually all the sugar and flavor so your gravity will have hit about 1.090
 

Squatchy

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I feel wine grapes take longer than other fruits to come good from my experience
 
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mannye

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you might consider simply expressing the juice and then slowly thawing the juice that you then freeze. If you carefully collect about 1/3 of that juice this will contain virtually all the sugar and flavor so your gravity will have hit about 1.090
That's a neat trick! Going to try this with mango!
 
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