Adventures in Making Plum Wine: Day 1

Yesterday, I filled a six gallon bucket with plums.

Six Gallons of Plums copyright 3MoonMama

Six Gallons of Plums copyright 3MoonMama

Our poor plums have been ravaged by coddling moth and the tree had too many fruit making the plums small. It was quite an effort to half and stone each one. I had to throw out a ton because they were super icky when they were cut open. It took me hours to get enough plums to make about 20lbs of useable fruit. I actually have a bit less than 20lbs of plums but I don’t really care. I am so done with plums (and there are still more on my dang tree)! haha! I even watched a couple of movies and took a seat after the first hour of work.

Close-Up Six Gallons of Plums copyright 3MoonMama

Close-Up Six Gallons of Plums copyright 3MoonMama

I added two stock pots of boiling water last night and left some room at the top of the bucket because the recipe is for five gallons and I am using a six gallon primary bucket. I may have to add some more sterilized water at some point because there may not be five gallons in there. I just eyeballed it.

Halved and Stoned Plums and Water copyright 3MoonMama

Halved and Stoned Plums and Water copyright 3MoonMama

This morning I mixed in the acid blend, pectic enzyme, tannin, nutrient, and energizer. Whirlwind helped to stir and measure.

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Mixing in the ingredients copyright 3MoonMama 2013

Mixing in the ingredients copyright 3MoonMama 2013

Now we wait 12 hours to add the yeast.

Wish us luck!

Recipe: Making Plum Wine by Hip Chick Digs

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