A Tiger Barn Cattery Wine Recipe

Even though I wrote this as a Loganberry and Tayberry wine recipe the berries here are interchangeable. I mean let's face it, you're going to be lucky to find a loganberry or a tayberry unless you're growing them, then 1.5 Lbs won't be a huge part of your crop ... though my tayberry won't be producing any more than half a Lb for another couple of years.
Basically, if you can find one of these berries, then make the rest up with some frozen supermarket berries.

1.5 Lbs of Loganberries
1.5 Lbs of Tayberry
6 pints of boiling water
1 crushed campden tablet
1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 litre Red Aldi Rio D'Oro grape juice
1 tsp citric acid or 1 lemon's juice
2-3 Lbs of sugar
2 tsp of yeast nutrients
Use a good Red wine yeast.

There's nothing unusual about making this wine recipe, it's completely straightforward though if you read down the record below, you'll see my problem was caused by sugar. Putting too much sugar in without taking an SG reading is the most common mistake in wine making - A rule is of thumb is as always: Only add as much sugar as you need to reach an SG of say 1.080 - 1.085 and that will almost guarantee a dry ferment at 12%.

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I was making a Strawberry and Raspberry Wine for Vale of Camelot PYO in Sparkford and at the same time decided to do one for Chosen Hill Farm PYO, Chew Magna, Somerset from my Saturday trip ... This one however had entirely the opposite journey to the Vale of Camelot wine in as much as I was still 'saving' it five and a half months later! It's now aging in the demijohn, and for all the effort, I'm hoping it's going to be a total classic.

Saturday 2nd July 2011 11AM

Picked 1.5 Lbs of perfectly ripe Loganberries at Chosen Hill Farm, Chew Magna.
Picked 1.5 Lbs of perfectly ripe Tayberries at Chosen Hill Farm, Chew Magna.

Saturday 2nd July 2011 5 PM

Put all the berries in a fermenting bucket
Added 7.5 pints of boiling water and left to cool
Added 1 crushed campden tablet

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Sunday 3rd July 2011 9 AM

Added 1 tsp Pectolase

Sunday 3rd July 7 PM

1/2 Lb Raisins
2 1/2 Lb Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tsp yeast nutrient
MA33 Yeast

SG: 1.090

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Sunday 10th July 2011

Strained must into demijohn

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Saturday 30th July 2011

1st Rack
This wine is seriously filled with sediment ... Filtered to get as much juice as possible
SG: 990
Topped up from 1/2 Gallon Young's Red Grape Juice wine

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Tuesday August 9th 2011

SG: 1.010

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Monday 22nd August 2011

2nd Rack
Added Crushed Campden Tablet
SG: 1.010

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Sunday 4th September 2011

The Sloe and Raspberry restarted so I'm going to repeat the method and throw some high alcohol tolerant Young's Champagne yeast in to see if I can't kickstart this syrup into action with 1 tsp of TronOzymol

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Tuesday 6th September 2011

SG is still 1.010, so nothing happened.
Added more Champaign yeast and 1 tsp TronOzymol
If nutting happens this time, it'll need blending :(

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Saturday 17th September 2011

SG: 1.010

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Wednesday 19th October 2011

2nd Rack
Added crushed Campden tablet
SG: 1.010
(1090 - 1010 + 4?) = 84 / 7.4 = 11.35%

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Sunday 4th September 2011

1 Lb 4 Oz of Aldi's frozen Mixed Summer Fruit (Blackcurrants, red currants, blackberries, raspberries)
Poured 3 pints of boiling water over fruit and crushed with sterilized wooden block ... my potato masher was missing.

When cooled, added 1 pint of Aldi Del Oro Red Grape Juice

Thursday 8th September 2011

Sieved & strained berries out added a crushed Campden and bottled and froze the juice for later use :)

1 pint added to the Pear II gallon of wine and the rest frozen.

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Half gallon of Berries and Grape juice added to get the wine a fizzin

Friday 20th October 2011

Defrosted and added pectolase

Saturday 21st October 2011

Add 1 tsp of TronOzymol
Added the Lalvin yeast EC-1118 and later a third of the stuck Loganberry & Tayberry

Sunday 22nd October 2011

Added another third of the stuck Loganberry & Tayberry.
Added 8 Oz of sugar

Monday 23rd October 2011

Added the remaining stuck Loganberry & Tayberry.

Wednesday 25th October 2011

Return 1 gallon to the Loganberry & Tayberry Demijohn.

SG: (Editorial: Forgot to note this figure down and it's not really relevant)

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Saturday November 5th

SG: 1.000

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Saturday November 19th

1st Rack
No campden tablet added
SG: 0.994

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Friday December 16th

2nd Rack
Campden tablet added
SG: 0.994

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Now aging in the demijohn

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