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Prickly Pear Wine

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GVegasBrewer
beers 1 º 19:03 Mon 9/24/2012

Just made a batch of Prickly Pear wine. For a 5 gallon batch I used ~1.8 gallons of pure prickly pear juice and 20lbs of sugar. I used a starter and pitched Montrachet yeast after adding camden tablets to the wort for 24 hours. The OG is ~1.19! Thoughts?? OG too high??

 
Naven
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beers 1000 º places 101 º 19:13 Mon 9/24/2012

Wow that is going to be some strong hooch.

 
CanIHave4Beers
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beers 3575 º places 74 º 21:01 Mon 9/24/2012

You ever consider brewing a wheat beer with Prickly Pear and Texas grown hops?

 
eelbasher
beers 285 º places 6 º 21:11 Mon 9/24/2012

Idk too much about making wine, but is 20lb of sugar necessary?? I mean for anything besides baking.....

 
GVegasBrewer
beers 1 º 05:20 Tue 9/25/2012

Could be...but we have made muscadine wine with 20lbs of sugar and still had a fairly dry wine. The prickly pear juice is not very sweet.

Originally posted by eelbasher
Idk too much about making wine, but is 20lb of sugar necessary?? I mean for anything besides baking.....

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 07:06 Tue 9/25/2012

Originally posted by GVegasBrewer
Could be...but we have made muscadine wine with 20lbs of sugar and still had a fairly dry wine. The prickly pear juice is not very sweet.

Originally posted by eelbasher
Idk too much about making wine, but is 20lb of sugar necessary?? I mean for anything besides baking.....



sugar doesn’t make it sweet. Did you add any yeast nutrient at all? Do you plan to distill it?

 
radarsock
beers 1120 º places 58 º 07:16 Tue 9/25/2012

I would never even consider doing a prickly pear wine because you would have to touch prickly pears and their thorn stay in your palms for hours. Did you buy thr juice or did you squeeze it yourself?

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 09:42 Tue 9/25/2012

Originally posted by radarsock
I would never even consider doing a prickly pear wine because you would have to touch prickly pears and their thorn stay in your palms for hours. Did you buy thr juice or did you squeeze it yourself?


The Mexican grocery by my house sells them sans pricklies. They’re called tuna there.

 
GVegasBrewer
beers 1 º 14:20 Tue 9/25/2012

I used a small propane torch to singe the thorns off (still on the cactus), then used gloves to handle the pears and cut them into quarters before using a potato masher on them before bringing to a low boil and then straining through cheese cloth.

Originally posted by radarsock
I would never even consider doing a prickly pear wine because you would have to touch prickly pears and their thorn stay in your palms for hours. Did you buy thr juice or did you squeeze it yourself?

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