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Mustang grape wine

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by Zimmy, Oct 7, 2018.


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  1. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    Ingredients:
    • 40 pounds mustang grapes
    • Water to 7 gallons total
    • 9 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 packets Red star premier cuvee yeast


    Instructions:
    Remove all stems.

    Crush grapes to extract juice and bust skins. I hand squeeze then run through my sausage press to get the juice out.

    Put juice in fermenter and add sugar and yeast. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

    Place grape skins and pulp in a cheese cloth and add to juice.

    Add water as needed. Mustang grapes are often dried out from drought. Amount of water to reconstitute varies.

    After two weeks of fermenting, remove cheesecloth and residual solids. Save as much liquid as you can.

    Leave in fermenter 8 weeks. This will be longer than fermenting lasts but will enable you to avoid having to kill the wine artificially.

    Chill in fridge for 2 weeks to polish flavors and enjoy.

    This is the best wine I've made.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2018
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  2. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    No image. And I don't know what mustang grapes look like?

    Rancher
     
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  3. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

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  4. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    These aren't the same as the other native grape: Muscadine.
     
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  5. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Cool, been wondering if that was an edible grape or not.
     
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  6. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

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    Purple colored in the glass. Sweet but not cloying with strong grape and cherry flavors. Aroma is somewhere between vanilla and bluebonnets.
     
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  7. Zimmy

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    Clarity is great and a beautiful Ruby hue that reminds me of depression glass
     
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  8. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Interesting, old timers, born in 1880's or so made all kinds of wine, wild grape, dandelion, elderberry, mead, a lot of spice and medicinal wines and tonics, beers of all different kinds. Don't know if it used to be common or was left over from depression and prohibition. Thanks for sharing, brings back fond memories of my grand parents.
     
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  9. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    I've got 9 pounds of mustang grapes in the freezer. Going to give it a go.
     
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  10. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    My recipe should scale down well. The yeast is available on Amazon.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    I used latex gloves. The grapes can irritate the skin.
     
  12. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    Thanks. A friend gave me a two gallon pail of them. I'm just waiting on some slack time. They are sweeter than muscadine.
     
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