Not from Concentrate?

Fruitwine can be made from fresh fruits, frozen fruits, fruitjuice and fruit juice concentrate.

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  • Fresh fruits: as from grapes you would expect superior quality. But this is not always the case. Fresh fruits contain enzymes which could lead to browning reactions and the fruits need to be washed and processed. The whole processing can be very exhaustive. It depends on the fruits and your machinery. Think of apples, plums/cherries, soft berries, pineapples, citrus fruits and bananas – all need to be processed differently and with different machinery. Making fruitwine from fresh fruits is very complex.

The shelf life of fresh berries for example is very short and they need to be harvested fast. There is always a possibility of higher microbiological activity because all fruits ripen in summer and autumn. Fresh fruit is the main option for farmers who want to produce their own beverage and who have the space, time and machinery to do it properly. Making fruitwine may not be the first choice for a farmer. The best fruits will be sold fresh, the next best made into jam and jelly, then juice, brandy and wine. Often they produce fruit and sell it to companies who are specialised in fruit-processing.

Steinobst Maischegärung

  • Frozen fruits: you can freeze them yourself or buy them frozen from companies. They are ready-to-cook usually and fulfill high HACCP standards. They are sorted, washed, destemmed, stoned. So there is no need for additional processing. What makes frozen fruits superior to fresh fruits is thawing. Fruit cells break up and release juice without mechanical force. They are the number one choice if you ferment on pulp and want to extract colour, flavour and body. But fermenting on the pulp is very labour-intensive and costly and therefore often skipped by companies. They rather use fruit juice or concentrate. You can also use frozen fruits while pressing to obtain a concentrated fruit juice.

Obstpresse Saftablauf

  • Fruit juice: is obtained after pressing fresh fruits. For example apples and oranges are usally pressed. If you are a farmer you would produce apple juice and apple cider. Often there is no need to buy fresh fruits if you can buy the juice instead because you save the work and time for fruit processing and lots of space and machinery. Fruit juice can be bought in bulk by companies.

The usage of fruits to ferment on the pulp seems to be obsolete. But there are pros and cons.

Fruit juice is often heated and the enzymes that lead to browning reactions are inactivated. They contain higher amounts of phenolic compounds and emit clearer flavour. Fruit juice (Berries, Stone fruits) is usually obtained by thermovinification and adding enzymes to the heated pulp before pressing.

What makes this juices inferior to fresh/frozen fruits is that they lack of body. If you want more aftertaste and tannins you need to pulp ferment. What also works well is using this juice to smooth out some harsher fruit wines. This juices are very suitable for lighter bodied fruitwines like ciders and low-end fruitwines with residual sugar. But some juices can also be used to make dessertwines without additional dilution.

Maracuja aufgeschnitten

  • Fruit juice concentrate: the word concentrate has bad reputation. But lets clarify. Fruit juice concentrate is fruit juice without water – no more, no less. It is often concentrated to 65°Brix and has the consistency of honey. It is easier to store and ship than juice because the volume is reduced significantly. To put it simply: from 100L juice with 6,5°Brix you obtain 10L of 65°Brix. After adding the right amount of water to the concentrate you get the original juice back.

Why has it bad reputation? There are different qualities of concentrate, cheap and pricy and sometimes the reconstituted juice has not the same quality as fresh fruit juice.

If you buy a fruit juice from concentrate in a store there are often a few % of juice from concentrate, lots of aromas and sugar and they obviously lack the quality of fresh juice. But normally a reconstituted juice is as pricy as fresh juice and with similar quality.

What is fruit juice concentrate used for in fruit-wine-making?

Rectified grape must concentrate can be used in grape-wine-making to boost the alcohol content and the residual sugar content. Because fruit juice concentrate has high acid content and adding it before bottling does not boost the residual sugar but also the acid content significantly. You can make a fruitwine from concentrate alone. But I would not recommend it. The taste is a bit flat and as with fruit juice the wine may lack body.

Many store bought apple ciders from big companies are made from concentrate alone. They are light and fizzy and should be enjoyed cooled. Sometimes they are artificially flavoured as well. This seems to be the only way that works to produce fruitwines from reconstituted fruit juices. If you want to make low-end beverages that are no more than juice with a little alcohol this is your way. The bad reputation may be justified. But they are big sellers because they are drinky and rival beer. Barbecue and cider may be a good combination.

Why and when do I use concentrate?

There are some fruits that can only be purchased in form of concentrate or it is clever to use them as concentrate. There is nothing wrong with concentrates but you need to know what kind of juices have the high quality you want in your fruitwine. As simple as it may sound but the usage of a concentrate is to use it as a concentrate. There are concentrates with high acid content which obviously need to be diluted heavily and often lack the quality of fresh fruit juices. So it’s not clever to use them except… Other concentrates have very low acid content but high sugar and dry extract. And you can add lots of body with concentrate if you don’t dilute it too much. You can use some concentrates in higher amounts which means you get more fruit into your wine. Think of ice wine. This is the biggest advantage of concentrate over single strength juice and fresh fruits.

I always thought that using concentrate would result in a lesser quality of fruit wine. Because you always have the bad reputation in mind. Concentrate sounds like imitation and not real juice. It sounds inferior and cheap. But it is not the case it’s exactly the opposite. Sure you need to do trial and error experiments but that’s business. Only what to do and why matters. If you want to make great fruit wine you have to mix different kinds of fruit sources and always add more to obtain great taste.

 

Wie funktioniert der Refill-the-Box-Gutschein?

Sie haben eine Hindberry Geschenkbox erstanden oder geschenkt bekommen. Na fein! Hindberry Geschenkbox fertif Stilleben Produktpräsentation

Darin befindet sich ein Refill-the-Box-Gutschein. Sie haben keine Ahnung was Sie damit machen können?

  • den Gutschein einlösen, d.h. zu uns kommen, verkosten und sich 3 Sorten ihrer Wahl aussuchen
  • den Gutschein einlösen, ihre Geschenkbox neu auffüllen und die Box weiterschenken
  • den Gutschein an einen Freund oder Bekannten weiterschenken

Achtung: Der Refill-the-Box-Gutschein kann nur direkt bei uns vor Ort eingelöst werden (kein Paketversand). Sie müssen persönlich zu Besuch kommen und sich ihre Fruchtweine aussuchen!

Wir haben gehört, dass unsere Fruchtdessertweine sehr gut schmecken aber zu kostspielig sind um sie öfters kosumieren zu können. Qualität hat ihren Preis. Es ist alles Handarbeit und ich denke man schmeckt den Unterschied zu herkömmlichen Fruchtweinen. Das schätzen unsere Kunden an den Produkten, sie schmecken nach purer Frucht. Auch die Herstellung als Assemblage ist ungewöhnlich um nicht zu sagen einzigartig. Dennoch wollten wir einen Anreiz schaffen und unseren Kunden, die vielleicht gerne treue Stammkunden werden möchten, ein kleines Zuckerl geben. Wir fanden, dass die Geschenkbox zu schade zum Wegschmeißen ist und überlegten uns etwas: Den Refill-the-Box-Gutschein.

Was kann nun dieser Refill-the-Box-Gutschein genau?

Es war ursprünglich geplant dass Hindberry Fruchtwein ausschließlich Geschenkboxen verkauft. Keine einzelnen Flaschen. Interessanterweise wollten fast alle unserer Kunden bislang aber nur einzelne Flaschen haben. Wir fragen uns natürlich: Wieso? Ziel verfehlt! 

Man hat 3 verschiedene Fruchtdessertweine zum Verkosten. Das heisst 3 gänzlich andere Geschmacksrichtungen, die sich vorallem zu anderen Desserts und Käsesorten gut kombinieren lassen. Wie ich finde ein unschlagbarer Mehrwert. Ich habe mir die Konkurrenz bei Obstdessertweinen angesehen und preislich liegt Hindberry da im Mittelfeld. Abgesehen davon, dass sie Obdessertweine oder Fruchtdessertweine in Österreich kaum finden werden. Zu dem Preis unserer Geschenkbox haben sie bei der Konkurrenz nur eine einzige Sorte, die sie im Vorhinein im Geschäft nicht verkosten können. Sie kaufen die Katze im Sack und haben keine Vielfalt. Wir befinden uns in der Nähe von Wien und Flughafen Schwechat und es sollte keinen Grund geben uns nicht besuchen zu können.

Mit der Geschenkbox hat man ein schönes Mitbringsel, das auch einen dekorativen Nutzen erfüllt und nett anzusehen ist und das man mit gutem Gewissen verschenken kann. 35 Euro als Geschenk für einen Genießer und Weinliebhaber ist bestimmt nicht unangemessen. Die Etiketten sind selbst gestaltet und die Motive handgezeichnet. Als Bonus beinhaltet die Box noch den ominösen Refill-Gutschein.

 

Es ist ein Rechenspiel (Preise 2016/2017):

Sie kaufen die Box um 34,50€. Kaufen sie 3 einzelne Flaschen um 11,95€x3 = sind es 35,85€. Die Ersparnis mag nicht nach viel klingen. Doch es geht weiter. In der Box befinden sich 3 Fruchtdessertweine umgerechnet 11,50 pro Stück. Also schon mal billiger als 11,95 für eine einzelne Flasche!

Aber es wird noch besser! Mit dem Refill the Box Gutschein können sie 3 Flaschen um 29,90€ nachkaufen. Pi-mal-Daumen 9,967 € pro Flasche und damit eine Ersparnis von 20% im Vergleich zu einer einzelnen Flasche oder wenn sie nicht so gut im Prozentrechnen sind – 2 Euro/Flasche.

Aber jetzt kommt’s noch. Nehme ich den Gutschein zurück? Nein, was mache ich denn damit? Das ist ihrer, der bleibt bei ihnen! Sie können mit dem Gutschein so oft vorbeikommen wie sie möchten und kaufen damit immer 3 Flaschen um je 9,967€ (29,90€, Stand 2016/2017). Sie sind ab jetzt sozusagen VIP-Stammkunde!

Die Sache hat aber zwei kleine Haken. Sie müssen persönlich kommen und sich ihre Fruchtweine abholen & sie müssen 3 Stück kaufen. Als Bonus dürfen sie natürlich immer alle unsere Sorten verkosten und wenn sie Glück haben gibt es bereits neue Geschmacksrichtungen. Sie können die Flaschen natürlich auch einzeln verschenken oder ihre ganze Geschenkbox oder sie können einer lieben Person auch eine Geschenkbox inkl. Gutschein besorgen und diese weiterschenken und uns dabei helfen bekannter zu werden.

Ihre Vorteile

  • immer günstiger kaufen als in der Preisliste – solange sie den Refill-the-Box-Gutschein vorweisen können
  • immer neue/andere Fruchtdessertweine aussuchen dürfen

Projekt: Jabuticaba auf Schiene

Das Projekt Jabuticaba ist auf Schiene. Die Obstlieferung ist eingetroffen! Da Jabuticaba(s) nicht erhältlich sind und es in Österreich viele hochwertige heimische Früchte gibt, deren gesunde Inhaltsstoffe man nicht außer Acht lassen sollte, wird das Projekt adaptiert und kurzerhand mit gängigen Früchten umgesetzt.

Jabuticaba is not available (no import) but that’s no problem. There are so many high quality fruits available in Austria. You should not overlook their healthy contents. So the Project will be adapted and implemented with more common fruits.  

Als Hersteller von Fruchtwein setzt man auf das Mischen und Komponieren von Früchten um neue Geschmackseindrücke zu schaffen. Diese Rezeptur wurde noch nicht vorab getestet und es ist damit eine Premiere. Lassen wir uns überraschen!

As a Fruitwine Maker you go by mixing and composing fruits to create new taste impressions. This recipe was never tested before so it’s a premiere. We’ll get surprised!   

Holunderbeeren Hindberry Fruchtwein

Weichseln, Holunder und Preiselbeeren gären schon. Wir haben das kirschige der Weichsel, die dunkle Farbe vom Holunder und das Herbe von der Preiselbeere. Mit dieser Kombination möchte ich die brasilianische Baumstammkirsche geschmacklich interpretieren. Gewürzt wird der Fruchtwein im Anschluss mit Zimt, Nelke und Pfeffer und auf knackige 14,5%Vol. vergoren und trocken ausgebaut. Ein „aromatisierter Obstwein“ für Trockentrinker und Liebhaber von Rotwein, so zumindest der Plan. Ein Vergleich mit Glühwein oder Punsch soll nicht entstehen.

Was fehlt noch? – Ein Motiv für’s Etikett und ein Name für diese Kreation

Follower dürfen sich gerne kreativ an dem Schaffensprozess beteiligen.

Sour Cherries, Elderberries and lingonberries (cranberry) started fermenting. We have the cherry taste from sour cherries, the dark colour from the Elderberry and the austerity from the lingonberry. With this combination I will imitate the taste of the jabuticaba. Flavoured mit cinnamon, clover and pepper and fermented to 14,5%Vol. in a dry style for lovers of red wine. A comparison with mulled wine is unintended. 

What’s left? – A Theme for the label and a name for the creation

Followers join in! Feel free to share your creative thoughts 

Submit your favorite recipe with Bananas

Bananen geschält Hindberry FruchtweinLast week I bought nearly 100kg Bananas to start the next batch of banana wine. Now they are all done. This week more Bananas will follow. So the peeling by hand will go on. 😉

On Friday I had to grab a few Bananas and try a Banana Pancake recipe. Just Bananas, milk, flour (spelt and wheat), salt, baking powder and an egg. All mixed together till the dough is ready, I don’t care about the quantities. Cooking is passion. The easier the recipe the better.

The cancakes were served with maple syrup. Delicious

I think spicy Indian or African Cuisine would go well with the sweet Banana wine, also (christmas) cookies with cinnamon and clove.What’s your opinion? What dishes would you pair with Banana wine?

What is your favorite recipe with Bananas? Can be sweet or spicy/savoury.

Submit a link to your blog and I will post it here if I’m allowed to. You can submit it by comment also if you like

Angebot bis 31.März: Savanna um 9,95 Euro statt um 11,95 Euro nur ab Lager

Als besonderes Angebot im März (gültig bis 31.3.2017) und weil gerade frische Bananen eingetroffen sind, gibt es Savanna statt um 11,95 Euro um nur 9,95 Euro ab Lager Pellendorf. Also vormerken, verkosten und abholen!

Angebot Bananendessertwein bis 31.3. um 9,95 Euro statt um 11,95 Euro Hindberry Fruchtwein

Und nicht vergessen: am 1.&2.4.2017 sind wir in Neudörfl zu finden.

Savanna kann hier bestellt werden.

Hier erfahrt Ihr noch mehr über Savanna und Bananen. Ein Video ist ebenso in Planung … coming soon

frische Bananen Bananendessertwein Savanna Hindberry Fruchtwein Pellendorf

 

Today: Making Banana Wine

I’ve started a new Batch of „Savanna“ – Fruitdessertwine from Bananas or simply Bananadessertwine

frische Bananen Bananendessertwein Savanna Hindberry Fruchtwein Pellendorf

Is Bananawine very special? No not really. You can find Bananawine wherever Bananas grow. Beverages from Bananas are produced in the Carribean, in Asia, in India and Africa. Even in the European Union on Teneriffa. But Bananawine is also made from imported bananas in Germany and Austria.

frische Bananen Bananendessertwein Savanna Hindberry Fruchtwein Pellendorf

Most often beer is brewed from Bananas, Wine, Liquer and Spirits. Because of the high sugar content it’s a good source for fermentation but it’s hard to extract juice from it. So it’s challenging.

Read what Dominic Rivard wrote about Bananawine in his Article „Bananawine in East Africa“ Bananawine in Tanzania is produced a little bit different than here in Austria at Hindberry Winery. Fruitdessertwines are not cheap booze because they are made of fruits other than grapes. They can be high class speciality wines – if made properly.


Savanna Stilleben Bananendessertwein ElefantWhen people find out that there is Bananawine ready for a free tasting, they curiously try a glass – some are disappointed others are pleased and very surprised and buy a bottle or two right away. It seems that people like it or hate it. YES it smells and tastes like banana and NO it does not – different from what you may have expected. It’s not that simple to explain. I’m afraid you have to try it yourself. Beside that, everybody wants to know how Bananawine is made, because you can’t squeeze out the juice. And there are always doubting and asking faces mit big question marks.

We just peel the Bananas (a lot of handwork), add sugar, acid, water and wine yeast – that’s all. Then we wait a month, press it (very messy indeed)

Bananen geschält Hindberry Fruchtweinand wait again many long months and – Voila!

Our Bananwine is ready for shipping. Ok we have to bottle it first 😉 But then it’s ready for shipping. Meanwhile we taste and measure and taste and let the wine age till it’s on it’s peak and really delicious.

So Bananawine is your favorite fruit wine?

No, BanSavanna Fruchtdessertwein Affenbrotbäume gegen Sonnenuntergang in afrikanischer Savanneanawine is not my own favorite. I prefer the dark berry wines.

But the Ladies like Bananawine a lot and that’s the reason why I make it – and it’s a tropical fruit wine too. If served cool it’s easy drinking and fragrant and they love to relax sipping a glass on sunday.

Jabuticaba

Tropical Fruitwine from Jabuticaba?

Fermented to a grape-like low acid red wine high in tannins with notes of black cherry, black currant, cranberry, pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Sounds good to me. There are very few tropical fruits that yield red wine. So this is very special. Almost all tropical fruits suit white, yellow, orange and pink wines in colour and only the pomegranate has enough tannins and colour for a red wine.

Youtube Video – about Jabuticaba – The Brazilian Grape Tree

Jabuticaba – one of the next projects for Hindberry Fruitwine? What do you think?

Jabuticaba can’t be shipped to Austria – and Brazil is far away.

So I have to improvise and do it the Hindberry Way.

I will blend stonefruits and berries and smooth out the taste with spices. I have a full-bodied fruit wine in mind, not sweet but dry in this case. Fat, luscious and bold with 14% to 15%Vol. for a good shelf life.

I love red wine and two years ago I made a berry wine that tasted like an Italian Red. Family and friends loved it. So it’s possible to craft a very palatable dry fruit wine with different berries. Adding stonefruits to berries would round up the body and taste a lot. I think this combination works very well. Spices in wine and spirits are tricky. You all know Grandmother’s or Aunt’s liqeur with cinnamon and cloves or the Mulled Wine with .. too much Spices. So it’s hard to find the right amount to push the taste but not overwhelm it. This would be the hardest part.

Fruitdessertwines need to be sweet – but in this case I would label it „Aromatisierter Obstwein“ and can finish it dry. Making dry fruit wine is very challenging because fruits are not grapes and you need lots of sugar-free extract to give it lots of body to compensate it’s origin and you have to manage acid as well.

A small batch would be fun to try and taste. What’s your opinion?

DEEP DARK – Fruchtdessertwein

Unser bittersüßer tiefdunkler Fruchtdessertwein aus Holunderbeeren, aus roten und schwarzen Johannisbeeren, Heidelbeeren und Preiselbeeren – ideal für Genießer

Thematisch und geschmacklich angelehnt an einen Ruby Port. Jedoch wird Deep Dark nicht wie beim Portwein üblich mit Alkohol aufgespritet. Die Beeren werden an der Maische vergoren und dadurch offenbart sich ein harmonischer Gesamteindruck. Durch die dunklen Beeren leicht herb, nicht zu alkoholstark aber mit 14,5%Vol. ausreichend kräftig. Die pikante Fruchtsäure wird mit feiner Restsüße abgerundet.

Deep Dark Fruchtdessertwein Schiff am Meer

Die robuste Würze am Gaumen offenbart ein perfektes Zusammenspiel mit gereiftem Käse und dunkler Schokolade. Aber auch solo als flüssiges, vollmundiges Dessert eine Delikatesse! Jetzt bestellen

Deep Dark Stilleben Produktpräsentation Camembert Schokolade Dessertweinglas

Tipp:

Obstschale

mehr über Holunderbeeren, Johannisbeeren, Heidel- und Preiselbeeren erfahren? (pdf, je 100Kb)

Oder das Video zu Deep Dark auf Youtube ansehen!

5 Incredible Questions about Fruitwine

  1. Have you ever tasted Fruitwine?
  2. What’s your favorite Fruit for Fruitwine?Deep Dark Stilleben Produktpräsentation Camembert Schokolade Dessertweinglas
  3. What kind of Fruitwine do you prefer? Dry, Sweet, Table, Dessert, Port, Sparkling or other
  4.  What kind of food would you pair it with? Cheese, Cake/Dessert, Chocolate or other
  5.  When would you drink Fruitwine? Aperitif, Lunch, Dinner, Picknick, in front of the fireplace or other

Please Comment!


Fruitwine is more common in USA, Canada, Asia and nothern countries of the EU e.g. Britain, Denmark and parts of Germany, Netherlands and Poland. Cider is known in Spain and France as well.

Fruitwine can be made almost of any fruit possible. If it contains Sugar it can be fermented. It’s a Question of Taste and legal matters/Laws. But some rare fruits can be poisonous too and it’s not recommended to produce wine from.

Brombeeren schwarze roteApples, Pears and Quince are often used for Ciders and Perries. Berries amd Stonefruits are made into Tablewines, sweet Dessertwines and heavy Ports. The same Wine-Styles are possible with Grapes AND Fruits. Even Icewines can be made from extracted, concentrated juices. So why not try Fruitwines?

Most fruitwines are produced in the Low-End Sector. They earn no regard from the Wine Industry. Often used as a poor amd cheep Substitute for „real“ Wine from Grapes. But that’s only half of the Story. There are very remarkable Beverages made out of Fruits in the High End Sector that rival Grape Wines.

It effords a high Degree of Passion and Love for the Product. Fruitwines are filled to the bursting point with Aromas. The real Fruit Aromas – not the ones you may or may not smell and taste in a Grape Wine. It’s often argumented that inexperienced Drinkers would stick to fruitwines because they are easier to enjoy. They smell and taste good and you don’t need to learn something about Vines, Grapes and Wines. Fruitwines are straight forward.

But the more sophisticated Winedrinker should not overlook the Diversity that Fruitwines bear. Have you ever tasted a Fruitwine made out of different Fruits and you couldn’t tell what’s the Wine made of? Different Berries fermented together that taste like an Italian Style Red Wine? No hint if it’s Grape or Passionfruit? It’s up to the skill of the Winemaker to create a Vision and a New Horizon to the exciting topic of Fruitwine. Come along on this Journey and taste for yourself.

You have a sweet tooth and like it bold and voluptuous, you may fall in love with Fruitdessertwines


Hindberry Fruitwine is produced in Austria. Yes the Grape Wine Country – very hard indeed for Fruitwine. My small Batch Winery is located in the Southeast only a few minutes by car from Vienna in a very small village called Pellendorf, near Himberg. Make a Visit if you are in Austria/Vienna. At my Winery you can taste my Fruitwines and of course purchase them. See you soon @HindberryFruchtwein.

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