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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Making Sandhill Plum Wine

I didn't have time to make wine this summer from the sandhill plums I gathered...but I finally got to it today. :)



























I've kept the sandhill plums in my freezer until I could get to them.

I add a bit of water to the thawed plums and simmer for a few minutes to soften.









Then I smoosh the plums to get as much juice as I can.....














I need 4 cups of juice for the wine

4 cups of sugar

1 pkg of yeast

one gallon jug

and one balloon :) (this is really fancy wine. lol )




I put the sugar and yeast into the jug...




give the jug a quick swish to mix them....




add the juice and do the same...



then fill the jug the rest of the way with room temperature water....

top with a balloon and wait about 3 weeks....







I hope to post an update when the wine is ready to strain and bottle.
Should be some good sipping wine for the cold winter nights. :)

28 comments:

Wayne said...

A buddy and I made some balloon wine some years ago while stationed in Korea. (Tie that balloon on tight)Of course with ours we said "that which did not kill us, just makes us stronger" Yours looks a whole lot better than what we came up with.

I've been off the grid for a couple of weeks now and just getting back to your blog is making me mighty hungry.

Looking good as always. Thanks for sharing.

Wayne

Fr. Spike said...

Nice! I was thinking of doing this next year... you can only use up so many jars of plum jelly! How does it turn out?

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, please do keep us posted. I'd like to see every phase!! My Dad made some like this once and it was pretty good and the next time he made it it was just really good vinegar :(

cowgirl said...

lol Wayne, your wine sounds like my wine...pretty stout. :)
Glad to see you back online.

Thanks!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Fr. Spike!
It turns out pretty stout but it's good sipping wine. :)

cowgirl said...

I'll keep you posted Mrs JP! It's really easy to make. After it works awhile I'll strain and bottle it. :)

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

That wine looks and sounds pretty tempting Jeanie. Now if were still a drinkin man, I'd love to sit down and show you how drink a jug of that.

cowgirl said...

lol Mark, I like you too much to let you drink a whole jug of it. lol

Thanks! :)

Sara said...

Very cool! My boyfriend and I are primarily beer brewers, but last year we did manage a nice batch of apple wine (actually a hard cider) which we gave out as Christmas gifts. (We actually still have a couple bottles left, I bet they're *really* good now!)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Sara!
Your hard cider sounds tasty! I bet your friends enjoyed the gifts. :)

Divemaster said...

I may have to try some of this... Wonder how it would go with some plum glazed smoked duck?

cowgirl said...

Hi Divemaster! Good to see ya. :)
To heck with the wine, I'd be happy if I just had the plum glazed smoked duck. lol
Sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I live in the Oklahoma panhandle and plums were plentiful this year. This is the first time I've made wine. Your recipe looked fun to do and it turned out great! I'm very happy with it. It has a high alcohol content and tastes good, with no yeasty smell. I used a vintage, large vinegar bottle, a punching ball balloon, and Lalvin K1-V1116 wine yeast. (It was cheaper on ebay.)Thank you!

cowgirl said...

Anonymous that's great! So glad to hear it turned out well for you. Thanks for the tip about the yeast, I'll look for it!

Dave~ said...

Ok Jeanie, dumb question of the day... Why the balloon? Also, is that just regular yeast like you'd use to make bread? This looks TOO easy not to try. I'll bet it tastes wonderfull and makes your legs turn to jello. :)

Dave~

cowgirl said...

Hi Dave! :)
The balloon keeps the air out. I use regular yeast, this is just "cellar" wine. :)
It's pretty stout stuff!! lol
Good luck and keep me posted if you make some.
Thanks Dave...

Dave~ said...

I sure will...I'll bet this would work with just about any kind of fruit in season wouldn't it? We have a farmers market right outside our front door every Sunday. Ooohhhh the posibilities! Have a great weekend sweetie!

Dave~

cowgirl said...

Yes any kind of fruit will work Dave. After 3 weeks I strain the wine through cheesecloth and bottle it. I just use "used" bottles...anything that has a good lid or seal will work.
Hope you have good luck with it!
Thanks Dave, hope your weekend is great too. :)

Loretta Silva said...

HI all, just filtering 3 gallons of Cherry Plum Wine using your recipe and it came out fine. Don't think it is going to last long. :)

cowgirl said...

Loretta that sounds great! I will have to try combining fruit next time. Thanks for letting me know and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Lauren Truitt said...

Just came across your recipe after searching for ideas to use up the 10+ lbs of sand plums I gathered this year. Question: did you poke holes in the balloon? Some recipes I've seen say to poke holes and others don't mention it at all...

cowgirl said...

Hi Lauren, nice to meet you!
I do not poke holes in the balloon. But if one pops, I replace it with a new one. It takes a pretty good sized balloon to hold all of the gas from the process.
Hope you have great luck with it, thanks for stopping by!

Lauren Truitt said...

Thanks for the feedback - I used punching ball balloons so hopefully they'll hold up! The wine is a gorgeous pink color - I can't wait to see how it turns out!

cowgirl said...

That sounds great Lauren! Hope it turns out well for you. Thanks again for stopping by!

Rebekah V said...

How sweet was this wine of yours? A few months back I made sandplum wine with 32c of juice and 16c of sugar. It wasn't dry or bitter, just very very tart. I like more of a sweet wine so I am hesitant to try again without the right ratio. Would using your recipe give me a pretty sweet wine? What would you compare it too?

Gerrie said...

What kind of yeast do you use? Thanks!

cowgirl said...

Rebeka, it's a pretty dry wine. Not very sweet at all. I've used this recipe with other fruits too, they all come out different.
Hope you have great luck with it. Thanks for stopping by!

cowgirl said...

Gerrie, I use regular ole active dry yeast in the packet. It's not fancy wine by any means. :)
Hope you have great luck with it, thanks! :)