My mom found a spot with lots of salmonberries along the Soos Creek Trail so I headed out there and did some picking. After 4 hours I came away with 6.5 pounds of fresh salmonberries, quite a haul. I decided that after making the raspberry wine yesterday, salmonberries would be just as easy and would have a slightly different flavor. I looked for a salmonberry wine recipe but did not find one, so I modified my raspberry wine recipe and had some input from the people at my LHBS, Larry’s Brewing Supply. Here is the final recipe (again, making a 2 gallon batch):
Rinsed all of the berries to remove stems and other debris, then added them to my cooking pot. I then used a hand mixer to mash the berries really well before adding 1.5 gallons of water to the pot. I heated up the mash to about 120 F, then I added and dissolved the sugar into the hot must. I continued to stir and keep the pot heated for 15 minutes.
After heating the must, I decided to do the same thing I did with my raspberry wine and leave all the pulp and seeds in the primary fermenter for now. I will filter them out when racking to the secondary.
I checked the Original Gravity and it measured out to be 1.085, which is going to yield about 11.1 %ABV. I added the yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, and crushed Campden tablets to the bucket. I then sealed the bucket and put it in the brew room to sit for a day next to my raspberry wine. I will add the yeast tomorrow after the Campden tablets have had 24 hours to sterilize the must.
Put into primary 6-29-10. Original Gravity measured at 1.085 (11.1% potential alcohol). Will primary ferment for a week before racking to the secondary one-gallon carboys.
Added the yeast on 6-30-10.
Racked to two one-gallon carboys on 7-8-10. Final Gravity measured at 0.993 (12.7% ABV).
Racked again on 7-26-10, adding 1/4 cup of sugar for each gallon to make this a sweet wine. The wine has settled out quite a bit now and is a pretty clear yellow-orange.
Bottled on 12-11-10 into 19 12-ounce bottles. Color is a very light yellow and the wine is very clear.