Fruit wine Question????

Fruit wine Question????

Post by Jeit » Thu, 13 Jul 1995 04:00:00



I often read about freezing fruits prior to fermentation which helps break
the cells down to extract more juice.  But I use a slightly different
technique that I've never read anywhere which surprises me.

I simply use a blender!!!  Whether it be cherries, strawberries, peaches,
etc...they go into the blender!  Talk about juice extraction!!!!!!  I get
great results....wonderful fruit flavors, great yield, etc.

Is using a blender supposed to be bad?  Granted, it takes a little time to
puree 25 lbs of strawberries (cherries are the worst!) but that seems to
be the only downside.  

thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!

Gary

 
 
 

Fruit wine Question????

Post by don schill » Thu, 13 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:


>I often read about freezing fruits prior to fermentation which helps break
>the cells down to extract more juice.  But I use a slightly different
>technique that I've never read anywhere which surprises me.

Try it, you will find freezing will break the cell walls producing a good deal
of juice from strawberries and rhubarb without the blender.   Freezing will  
cut some 'woody' taste.

I have run stawberries throught a juicer once-key word, ONCE.  Freezing is
much more efficient in getting juice with little work.  Freeze the berries,
remove from freezer, add 3-4 lbs sugar, metabisulfite and pectic enzyme to 20
lbs berries.  Let them set for 2 days and you have juice.  Put into a muslin
bag to sepperate juice from pulp, squeeze the pulp and discard.

I don't think using the blender is a bad idea.  Unless your fruit is pit free,
you have the chance of breaking open a pit in the blender.  I wouldn't want
that.  Other wise, if a blender works out for you, use it.  Just remember to
put on the cover or someone is going to have to do a lot of cleaning.

Don

     *Just a hardware guy in a software world.*
All above is my opinion, not the opinion of 3M Company.

 
 
 

Fruit wine Question????

Post by Craig Colli » Tue, 18 Jul 1995 04:00:00


 J> I simply use a blender!!!  Whether it be cherries, strawberries,
 J> peaches, etc...they go into the blender!  Talk about juice
 J> extraction!!!!!!  I get great results....wonderful fruit flavors,
 J> great yield, etc.

 J> Is using a blender supposed to be bad?  Granted, it takes a little
 J> time to puree 25 lbs of strawberries (cherries are the worst!) but
 J> that seems to be the only downside.

 J> thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!

 J> Gary

Gary:

I've used both (food processor rather than blender) and have had no problems
with either.  Both seem to break down the fruit adequately.  I see little if
any difference in wines made from frozen vs fresh crushed fruit.

Craig Collins

 -> Alice4Mac 2.4 E QWK Eval:26Jun95

 
 
 

Fruit wine Question????

Post by pete » Sat, 22 Jul 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>I often read about freezing fruits prior to fermentation which helps break
>the cells down to extract more juice.  But I use a slightly different
>technique that I've never read anywhere which surprises me.

>I simply use a blender!!!  Whether it be cherries, strawberries, peaches,
>etc...they go into the blender!  Talk about juice extraction!!!!!!  I get
>great results....wonderful fruit flavors, great yield, etc.
>hello Gary

You are not alone in the blender world.  I've been using one for ages
and the other members of my wine club think I'm crazy.  As you say it's
a bit time consuming but I find it a wonderful way of pulling out bags of lovely Juice.

--cheers
--Peter Lock
--Brighton

 
 
 

Fruit wine Question????

Post by David Fede » Sat, 22 Jul 1995 04:00:00


If you use this method (I have a Champion Juicer), do you need to leave
the pulp in and then rack after 3wks into a secondary? I also am not
using any sulfites.
Regards,

David


Quote:

> >I often read about freezing fruits prior to fermentation which helps break
> >the cells down to extract more juice.  But I use a slightly different
> >technique that I've never read anywhere which surprises me.

> >I simply use a blender!!!  Whether it be cherries, strawberries, peaches,
> >etc...they go into the blender!  Talk about juice extraction!!!!!!  I get
> >great results....wonderful fruit flavors, great yield, etc.
> >hello Gary
> You are not alone in the blender world.  I've been using one for ages
> and the other members of my wine club think I'm crazy.  As you say it's
> a bit time consuming but I find it a wonderful way of pulling out bags of lovely Juice.

> --cheers
> --Peter Lock
> --Brighton

 
 
 

Fruit wine Question????

Post by mich.. » Tue, 25 Jul 1995 04:00:00


When you say blender, are you talking about a regular size one like an
Oster that you find in the everyday kitchen, or a special large size
blender when doing large quanitites of fruit, say 25 t0 30 lbs.
Crushing fruit has always been the one area of winemaking I do not look
forward to. The blender sounds like a good idea, but depending on the
size of the blender, it could take forever.

--
The Albuquerque ROS - (505) 296-3000