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    Backing down the driveway.....at 'The Place"....noticed some wild grapes.
    Picked a few bunches....looked like the same as a vender at the farmers market had.....that I sampled.

    Pretty small....like 2 seeds covered with a tad pf grape and skin...LOL.

    Picked a few and tried them....not bad...kinda sour.....surprised the birds didn't get them.
    Gonna wait and see if I poisoned my self or not.

    Kinda hard to get at as they are down over the bank on the driveway....

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    I guess I will have to pay more attention....LOL.
    Not sure what I gonna do with them...other than look at them.
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    Keep a few for the EMTs.

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    Every year that they make I collect as many of those as I can. I boil them down in the turkey fryer and strain the juice through an old pillowcase that needs to be purple. I then hand the juice over to #1 wife and she works her magic on it turning it into Muscadine Jelly. Then I have to beg for some for biscuits because she gives it to her father, brother, sister, uncle, my sons, etc. I say, "Hey what about me?" She says, "You don't need any jelly, it has too much sugar, blah, blah, blah, …" But, I still go back and get more grapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Keep a few for the EMTs.
    Well, I ate some yesterday, and didn't die........LOL
    I always save a sample of what I try.

    Gonna be tough to get close enough to pick more....it is a steep bank.
    I'm pondering on a way to pick them.
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    Start at the top and grab them as you roll down.

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    Psssst....
    <*wine*>
    If you toss half the skins so it doesn't get too foxy, I've made wine from Concord grapes. Mine were just about ripe, another couple days but we just got all this rain. They're probably all split now. Haven't wanted to go look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowKey View Post
    Psssst....
    <*wine*>
    If you toss half the skins so it doesn't get too foxy, I've made wine from Concord grapes. Mine were just about ripe, another couple days but we just got all this rain. They're probably all split now. Haven't wanted to go look.
    Thought of that.....would need a lot more...so have been looking around...that seem to be the only plants around.
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    Don't need much. They make gallon kits.
    http://www.northernbrewer.com/master...ng-starter-kit
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    Last week, had some friends cut out a few boxelder trees...the grape vines were in the tree tops....lol.
    Now I see why the train the vine on wires....they are really high.
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    Just did up 4.5 gallons of wine must. Took all freakin day and night as the worst part is separating out the skins. Gotta make up a small fruit press.
    It's in the brewing bucket now getting its meta treatment. Will pitch the yeast tomorrow night.
    Pic of the box of grapes I got. I must have tossed just about as many as the rain the last two days really did a number on them.
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    Last edited by LowKey; 09-17-2017 at 01:19 AM.
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    Do you have purple feet now?

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    I must say that I don't make grape wine . It is just so common that I don't mess with it. This area was settled by swiss people. What I make wine out of does get peoples head turning . Current list rather bottled or working includes : Lemon balm , guava , guava raisin , blueberry , strawberry , lime , lime staghorn sumac and banana ginger . i have one friend that after the first taste of the banana ginger wine said " oh! A breakfast wind ."
    Enjoy your wine making and remember any wine that doesn't come out as you want for drinking is them a marinade base or a vinegar base.

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    Well I looked at the trees.....and looked at the ladder....and looked at "I love Lucy' stomping grapes......went to the the store and came home with Barefoot Red Moscato.......a Heart Healthy Wine.

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    Not only are moscato wines tasty it is also healthy. Research has shown that moscato contains high concentrations of flavonoids, which means a lot of antioxidants. Moscato wine also has as many flavonoids as red wine, so one can argue that moscato wine is as healthy as red wine.<qoute

    https://www.barefootwine.com/our-win...ne/red-moscato

    So ...Got your no pick grapes
    No ladders or tree climbing,
    Barefoot but no stomping....
    No waiting....and tasting...

    Needs a SAK corkscrew....
    Heart Healthy

    Good stuff.....What's not to like?

    The birds can have those grapes.....LOL
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    You know, Hunter. If you leave those grapes out there you will probably turn into raisins. A lot less work. Just sayin'.....

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    My recent favorite wine is the Barefoot brand. Tastes good and doesn't stress the wallet too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    My recent favorite wine is the Barefoot brand. Tastes good and doesn't stress the wallet too much.
    Ours as well......
    I'm not much of a wine drinker....so a glass or two with a meal tastes pretty good.
    Some other in that range is pretty raspy...
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    Grape makes decent wood to cook / smoke over as well.

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    I'm not sure foraging at the wine shop is really considered ''foraging''

    Made a good sized batch of grape jelly yesterday too.
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    If you just add sugar to wine will you get wine jelly?

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