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Siiw



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:25 pm    Post subject: Siiw's Brewing Log Reply with quote

These hot summer days will be an excellent occasion for doing something that requires some heat...namely wine brewing. The last attempt at brewing tropical fruit wine was ruined by a flood incident in my old apartment...it is time to try again.

Siiw needs:

-A 25 liters closeable plastic container
-A "yeast lock"
-Wine yeast
-Various fruit

and of course a few months. I am really looking forward to starting with this.
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Siiw



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plastic container has finally been found in my parents' house. 8) In the mean time, this is brewing in my kitchen:


In a few weeks, this will hopefully be tasty green apple liquour!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slinking_Ferret has minor knowledge of brewing,

Lets see...You need bacteria...sugar...

Well you definitely have the sugar (Apples have plenty of it) and I assume you added the yeast/whateveryouaddthatcreatestheactualalchohol so we can check that....

Hard part will be distilling it, I would use a pot distiller because it tends to retain most of the flavor of the mash (Or so I hear).

Anyways, good luck and I hope it is palatable. :D

http://www.moonshine-still.com/

contentcontent^ Great site where I learned a lot about stills.

http://www.moonshine-still.com/page5.htm

Pot still
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Siiw



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the good thing with this kind of recipe is that it doesn't need to be distilled 8) the fruit is soaked in strong alcohol, and only needs to be strained later before i add extra sugar. the alcohol in the mix forces the juice out of the fruit.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both my mother and my sister-in-law have now started fruit wines. They are running a competition on who gets the strongest wine...so my father and me will also join it.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops that was me geektongue
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The alcohol has now sucked most of the juice out of the fruit. It might even be ready while FiXato is here geekgrin
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We started a Peach Quick Wine kit today. Reading through the list of ingredients showed that it contained a minimal amount of fruit, and artificial aroma! So, we added the following:

-500 g of green grapes
-Two green apples

The instructions say that the wine could finish fermenting in as little as one week. We will see how that goes.

As for the liquour, it seems to be done now. We only need something to strain it properly with before adding sugar and eventual citric acid.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*blopp* yes, it is certainly fermenting. :D
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The liquour was strained today, sugar was added and it looks and tastes well!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another kg of sugar was added to the wine today.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pics! We want pics! :D

too bad I didn't really get time to test that liquor Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fruit was removed from the wine today, and some extra sugar added even if that isn't in the recipe. Removing fruit from wine is a messy job, it has to be strained through cloth. To get as much juice as possible out of the fruit, it has to be twisted just like wet laundry.

I forgot to take a pic...but the wine is getting a pleasant orange-yellow colour. I added some peaches to it earlier which weren't in the recipe earlier, maybe those are responsible geekgrin
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*bloooop*
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wine has stopped fermenting and has cleared well. Now it only has to be siphoned into another wine balloon before it is finished in theory. Of course, wine will always taste better after some rest.
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