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6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

Is in primary fermentation, been kickn about a week. Shot for lower SG this year because it was too hot for the mrs last year. Last year I went for 12% this year I am shooting for 8%.

Last year I cooked my juice out of my berries and it turned out pretty good. This year I threw all the berries strait into the primary.

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Re: 6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

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Re: 6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

Blackberry wine is usually better with the skins in primary. You may run into stabilization and bacterial problems with the lower alcohol, though. Do you use metabisfite?
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Re: 6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

Absolutely, five crushed campden tabs went in 24 hours before the yeast hit. It will get five more before bulk aging.

I need to rethink the cider this year, I dont think there will be any cinnamon in it this fall.

The must is a very very blood red this year. Last year it almost looked like tomato juice, I probably set the pectin by cooking it but it did clear and was great. It didnt even make it to a year. Nothing like drinking five gallons of young wine lol. Actually we didnt drink it all, we gave 90% away as Christmas gifts. Wont be happening this year.

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Re: 6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

I also went to a red wine yeast strain this year. Last year I put EC1118 champagne yeast in it. This year RC 212.

The cider this year is getting an ale yeast.

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Re: 6 Gallons of Blackberry Wine

DV10 is a good fruit wine yeast. That's what I always used for blackberries. But, I don't know if you can get it for home wine making. I would think you can, though. I used to order it in 10 kilo boxes for work.
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