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#3280255 - 07/02/13 01:44 AM Blackberry Wine
BamaProud
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This will be my first Country Wine, I plan on loosely following this recipe by Jack Keller http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/blackbr2.asp

but plan on increasing the amount of berries and adding some Oak for about a month during the final racking.

With the additional berries, I think a cup or two of raisins should make it a heavier bodied wine and keep it balanced. I am leaning towards letting it clear naturally, so I think it should be ready in somewhere between 12 and 18 months.

25 pounds of blackberries:


freezing the berries should help maximize the amount of juice I get out of them:
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#3281742 - 07/03/13 04:32 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: BamaProud]
backroads
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I wish I had a load of blackberries to do the same.
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#3282018 - 07/04/13 12:13 AM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: backroads]
BamaProud
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Wow, crushing/juicing 20 pounds of blackberries is harder than it sounds. And MESSY!


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#3282400 - 07/04/13 01:46 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: BamaProud]
Trapper John
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Crushing was the thing I hated most. That and disposing of the remains once the first racking was finished. The end result will be worth it.
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#3287121 - 07/10/13 06:37 AM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: Trapper John]
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I've made alot of blackberry wines, believe or not, blackberry's are one of the few fruits you need not crush, they just fall apart in fermentor.
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#3287242 - 07/10/13 09:20 AM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: buckaroo]
BamaProud
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Coming along nicely. I will probably rack this afternoon or tomorrow. The must wouldn't all fit in my #1 fermenter, so I had to ferment half of it in my bottling bucket. I should have around 5.5 gals after racking it into secondary.

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#3287548 - 07/10/13 01:31 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: BamaProud]
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Racked and in my fermentation chamber.

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#3303886 - 07/27/13 02:51 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: BamaProud]
dralarms
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If you like blackberry wine without the mess, try http://www.home winery.com. they sell a 1/2 gallon bottle that makes five gallons. Its great. Just opened a bottle that was only 3 months old (in the bottle).
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#3304176 - 07/27/13 08:21 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: dralarms]
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Mud Dauber
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Man... It's been years since I had that. I bet I was in high school. You ever make Persimmon wine?
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#3304179 - 07/27/13 08:23 PM Re: Blackberry Wine [Re: Poser]
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I'll trade you a Venison Salami for a bottle of that.
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