Wasilla Alaska Garden Adventures

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Black Currant wine 2019

I am growing Black currants in my garden, but due to moose damage every winter they have not yet produced a large crop of berries. Last winter I put a fence around my plants to protect from moose and they are finally recovering and had my first real crop this year.

Two years ago I purchased 15 lbs of Black Currents from a local Wasilla grower on Craigslist. I washed and de-stemmed the berries and froze them on sheet pans then packed them into vacuum bags and stored them in my deep freezer. I just thawed them out - crushed them and mixed the ingredients for 5 Gal. of Black Currant must on 7/14/2019. Black currents are usually very acidic and high in tannin so the recipe did not include additional tannin or acid adjustment...
15 lbs frozen and thawed Black Currants - crushed
12 lbs Sugar
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
3 tsp Pectic Enzyme
1/4 + 1/8 tsp Potassium Metabisulfite
4 Gal. water
7/14 Mixed and waited 24 hours...

7/15 - Original S.G. 1.102
Pitched 2 pkgs of Lalvin 71B wine yeast
Stirred daily and punched down the "cap"

7/24 - S.G. 1.034
Removed the berries and pressed the pulp. Transferred to a glass carboy to finish fermenting under an airlock.

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