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Wild Berry Wine
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(09-19-2022, 04:09 PM)Michigan Swamp Buck Wrote: I guess the next step is playing with the hydrometer and seeing when I should bottle it. Any advice at this point?

As for fire brewing, my maple syrup experience and outdoor cooking has helped me in this area. Plus the maple sugar is valuable as well, I use it when I process my homegrown tobacco. I'm growing herbs like fennel and mints for menthol to process the tobacco as well. At some point all this begins to tie together, wine making, beer brewing, alcohol distilling, extracts and essential oils, tobacco, cannabis, all the big cash crops and products you'd need for the black market, er, I mean personal use of course.

My grandmother made wine from almost anything grown. From elderberry to potatoes. Her porch was never empty and folk came from miles around to visit her.

I never learned how to make any of it, but I am a really good taste tester.
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Heather flowers picked when it has not rained for a few days dissipate a white powder.. They add a little magic to the beverage in fermentation.
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#23
OK, I tried some of the wine and beer Sunday. I tired 2 1/2 oz of each.

The wine was sweet at first, then dry, and then had an aftertaste that wasn't very good. I believe it is related to the bramble berries, or from the seeds of all the berries. Still, it wasn't that bad and with some aging I believe that will calm down. But the alcohol was off the charts, it was like drinking a shot, I felt it for sure.

Then the beer, two weeks fermenting to the day. I thought it would be real nasty, so I had a Bud light on hand to wash it down. It is that light yellow amber color you'd expect of a beer, but so much particulates that it was milky and opaque. It smelled really good and although flat (as it hasn't been bottled yet) it tasted like a good IPA, but the hops were over the top IMO. Next time, I'm going with 8-10 oz hops with most of that in the bitter phase of brewing. It was real strong on the hops so I added some of the bud light to water it down, and that shitty canned beer flavor destroyed it. Even though it was room temperature, flat and too strong on the hops, it had this flavor of live fresh brewed beer I never experienced before, it wasn't really bad at all.

So I put 8 oz of the beer in an open mason jar in the fridge for two days. Then yesterday, I thought I'd try it cold, and other than being flat, it was great! I sat there and smoked cigarettes made from homegrown tobacco, puffed on a corncob pipe filled with homegrown cannabis and drank a home brewed beer with it. It was alright, I will do fine when shit hits the fan, warmed by my wood stove and some moonshine from the still. Once I smooth out some of the problems and fine tune my methods, I'm going to do very well.
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(09-28-2022, 02:00 PM)Michigan Swamp Buck Wrote: OK, I tried some of the wine and beer Sunday. I tired 2 1/2 oz of each.

The wine was sweet at first, then dry, and then had an aftertaste that wasn't very good. I believe it is related to the bramble berries, or from the seeds of all the berries. Still, it wasn't that bad and with some aging I believe that will calm down. But the alcohol was off the charts, it was like drinking a shot, I felt it for sure.

Then the beer, two weeks fermenting to the day. I thought it would be real nasty, so I had a Bud light on hand to wash it down. It is that light yellow amber color you'd expect of a beer, but so much particulates that it was milky and opaque. It smelled really good and although flat (as it hasn't been bottled yet) it tasted like a good IPA, but the hops were over the top IMO. Next time, I'm going with 8-10 oz hops with most of that in the bitter phase of brewing. It was real strong on the hops so I added some of the bud light to water it down, and that shitty canned beer flavor destroyed it. Even though it was room temperature, flat and too strong on the hops, it had this flavor of live fresh brewed beer I never experienced before, it wasn't really bad at all.

So I put 8 oz of the beer in an open mason jar in the fridge for two days. Then yesterday, I thought I'd try it cold, and other than being flat, it was great! I sat there and smoked cigarettes made from homegrown tobacco, puffed on a corncob pipe filled with homegrown cannabis and drank a home brewed beer with it. It was alright, I will do fine when shit hits the fan, warmed by my wood stove and some moonshine from the still. Once I smooth out some of the problems and fine tune my methods, I'm going to do very well.

That's really good to hear!  Nothing like tasting that fresh hoppy goodness when you know you made it yourself.  Sometimes I'm shocked at how good it can be.  Congrats and keep refining!
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