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Cranberry 1092

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Jun 17, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Last year my wife canned about 2 gallons of some cranberry juice with dried cranberries. It turned out way to sweet to drink. So she said, why not ferment it? so that what I set out to do. I pulled a hydrometer reading. Good Lord no wonder its to sweet, initial gravity of 1140 or like 19% alcohol potential :ep. She didn't know the cranberries were pre-sweetened and she added her usually amount of sugar when she canned the jars.
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    I added enough water to bring it to a little over 3 gallons and a more reasonable initial gravity of 1090 or 12% alcohol potential.

    Anyways I have all the cranberries in a 6 1/2 gallon bucket in a fermenting bag along with the liquid, pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient & Campden tablets. I'll pitch the yeast tomorrow and cross my fingers these berries were not treated with sorbic acid. If they have been sorbated/sulfited they will not ferment and it's all for not...
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Is the plan to make wine? or some other fermented delight?
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Wine for my daughters and daughter-in-laws. I want to try and do 6 750 milliliter of different fruits & berries as a Christmas present to each one of them. I'm going to call it Hootenanny Hoosh (not so fine wine) The Type & Initial Gravity and date I started it. So this one will be Cranberry 1090 June 16 2019. My youngest daughter is designing labels for me :)

    I have Strawberry in the secondary.
    Cranberry started today.

    I still need to make Concord, Blackberry, Apple Cherry Cider and Water Melone.

    Aldi has watermelon for 1.99 each. It takes 1 watermelon per gallon of wine, according to the recipe I have anyways.
     
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    Dang! You are going to have a great stash of delicious "hooch."
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Hmmm...need taste testers?? :caf
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I can't quite figure this batch out. I was ready to pitch the yeast after the needed 24 hours campden wait period. I decided to pull a hydrometer reading and it's 1.120 or like 16% alcohol potential :eek: I noticed the musk is a lot more cloudy now also.
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    I guess the pectin enzyme pulled out some additional sugars - IDK???. Anyways I need to get this down to or below 1.105/14% alcohol potential before I pitch the yeast. Only one thing to do... Add sterile water a little at a time, mix it in well, pull hydrometer readings and continue until the musk is at the target gravity. Then pitch the yeast and cross my fingers.
     
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    After squeezing as much juice out of fermentation bag until i got tired of messing with it and adding sterile water. I got this batch of cranberry musk down to approx 1.102, which is a little less than 14% alcohol potential. Now I'm happy... If this batch ferments, It'll be named Cranberry 1102.
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    But my planned 3 gallon batch turned into a little less than 4 1/2 gallons. More wine more better I guess.
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    I gave it a good splashing stir, pitched the yeast, put the lid back on the bucket and crossed my fingers. I'll check it later this evening and see if it has ignition.

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    Chickens will love me long time when I give them the cranberries out of the fermentation bag.
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    I sure hope these cranberries were not sorbated/sulfited or they won't ferment and I'll have to dump it all down the drain.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Oh I got lots if taste testers around here. No shortage of those, that's for sure... It's the first thing asked "can I taste it?"
     
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    :fl
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I got ignition :)
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    Cranberry used to make the must about 3/4 of a gallon. Chickens will love me long time.
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