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Wine not? A great way to enjoy your produce

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by Kassaundra, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. Sep 28, 2014
    Jared77

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    That's encouraging. How dark was the chocolate you started with? I'm thinking next should be a chocolate/raspberry wine or a chocolate strawberry wine.....:drool

    Wonder if you could do a blend of them to get the desired flavor
     
  2. Sep 28, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    This is chocolate strawberry, it has one 8 oz container of cocoa, 2 bananas and 2 bags of frozen strawberries.
     
  3. Sep 29, 2014
    catjac1975

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    Yikes to the accident!
     
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    Here is how the color is changing, today it looks more like carmel then baby poop.


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  5. Sep 30, 2014
    baymule

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    Hmmm.....chocolate mint maybe? I love those York mint patties, now we can have chocolate-mint wine!! :lol:
     
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  6. Oct 3, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    The chocolate wine is basically finished fermenting, letting it settle now. I will do the first racking this next week. I snuck a taste, it needs to age a bit, but it is good, a nice mix between the chocolate and a wine flavor. Don't really taste much of the strawberry or banana though. It is a sweet wine but leaves a little tartness on the tongue. Aged a bit and chilled especially as a dessert wine I really think it is going to be nice.
     
  7. Oct 26, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    Raspberry wine is bottled and aging, it is a more "full bodied" wine, still a sweet wine but not as light as the others I've done, it is really good, but only got 5 quarts.

    The chocolate wine had it's first racking some of the sludge collected and ready to "seed" my next batch of chocolate wine. It has quite a ways to go to clear, but I honestly don't know how much will be there to bottle by the time it clears, "quality control" has done a number on how much I have left! lol lol lol :hide As it stands now I think about 1/2 has been sacrificed to continuing quality control ....................... one glass at a time.
     
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    Jared77

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    Quality control is very important!
     
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  9. Dec 3, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    Well, a few weeks ago we had a big killing freeze coming, so I went out and picked all the mint that was easy to pic (long stemy stuff) I got 2 wally world sacs full. I pureed them w/ water in the blender and set the juice in the fridge for a few weeks to meld, seep, infuse whatever you want to call it. Today I have 2.5 gallons of prewine (mint) and a cookie sheet full of mint "cookies" for the rabbits.
     
  10. Dec 3, 2014
    Smart Red

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    Neat! I picked all the mint from my plants. . . and tossed them when I dug up the plants for overwintering inside. Never thought of doing those things with them. Darn!
     

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