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Old 08-06-2017, 11:19 PM   #1
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I am trying my hand at some nectarine wine as I was in Asda the other night and as luck would have it they were marking down a load of fruit. I ended up with 12kg of nectarines for �£0.48. Nice

10kg nectarines (stoned and cored)
5kg sugar
500ml strong tea
17ltr water
Pectic
Yeast nutrient

The aim is for 23ltr of drinkable. I have just prepared the must tonight and am waiting for the fruit to break down a bit before adding the yeast.

I'm not sure if I will enjoy this one but for the price I can chalk this up to experience.
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Sounds interesting sir, keep is posted !

I haven't branched out into making wine with real actual fruit so far but tempted by the stories of cheap fruit 😀

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A bargin! 48p for 12kg, should be nice as they would I expect they were ripe and soft. Similar to peach wine, can be nice.
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Update.

I left the must for 24 hours and some of the fruit had broken down so added the yeast.

Fermentation has been explosive rather than vigorous.

I have been stirring daily as the fruit is breaking down well but creating a fairly solid layer at the top of the FV.

I should have mentioned I have only added 11.5ltr of the 17ltr of water initially due to space in the FV. I intend to top up when the fruit is removed in about a week.

I tasted tonight and so far it's quite nice.
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Update.

Fermentation has calmed down.

There is a very strong taste (and smell) of alcohol. I am now thinking the volume of sugar is too much for this wine to produce a balanced taste.

I am considering stopping the fermentation early which should have the added benefit of retaining some of the sweetness.

Does anyone have experience of making peach or nectarine wine?
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Another update.

Fermentation finished about 10 days ago and had been left to settle.

2 days ago it hadn't cleared much to took the opportunity to rack to another FV. I used the fantastic coat hanger and drill method to degas the large amount of CO2 dissolved in the wine.

The taste was a bit too stong so I added 2 ltr of taking me to 23 ltr of liquid.

I'm now very happy with the taste. Not too strong, not too weak, very nicely alcoholic. 2 cheeky trial glasses and I was babbling nicely.

I'm leaving to in the garage for a bit longer to clear further.
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I added some finings to the batch a week ago and this had cleared it up quite a bit.

I bottled it up yesterday and tried a bottle tonight. The nectarine flavour has settled down and this is very drinkable. I think it would benefit from being chilled before drinking so will try that next time.

Funny, but lately I have more time for making booze than actually drinking it.

I have enough stocks to lay this down for some time to see if it improves with age.

I would definitely make this again.
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