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Requested Recipe:

TURNIP WINEs


"I have turnips and rutabagas coming in and discover I don't like to
eat them. Can I make wine from them?"
Randy Geib, location unknown




TURNIPS


When I was a kid, I absolutely hated the taste of turnips. I don't know when I began to like them, but it was after I was well into adulthood -- probably about the time I began liking the taste of liver and onions. But not everyone develops a taste for them. Luckily, fermented turnip juice doesn't taste like turnip. Therefore, turning them into wine is a viable option. Of the two recipes below, I have only made the first. The grape leaves can be from wild grapes or cultivars. The second recipe ought to be pretty good with the hops added. Get hops from any homebrew shop. If you don't have one near you, go to http;//winemaking.jackkeller.net/shops.asp and try one that is on-line....


TURNIP WINE (1)

Scrub turnips and remove small roots and crowns. Chop coarsely and put in pot with water. Bring to boil and cover, continuing boil until tender. In primary, pour into nylon straining bag and allow to drip drain (do NOT squeeze). Add sugar to hot liquid and stir until completely dissolved. Add grape leaves to nylon straining bag with turnip pulp, tie top, and put in primary. When liquid has cooled to room temperature, add remaining ingredients except yeast. Cover and set aside for 12-14 hours. Add activated yeast. Ferment 7 days, punching down bag twice daily without squeezing. Drip drain bag of turnip pulp and grape leaves, then discard solids. Rack into secondary, top up if necessary, and attach airlock. Rack, top up and reattach airlock every two weeks for a total of three rackings. Thereafter, rack, top up and reattach airlock every two months until wine clears and no longer deposits sediments. If not clear in 6 months, treat with Amylase or other starch enzyme and wait additional two months. Stabilize, sweeten if desired, wait 10-14 days, and rack into bottles. Age 12 months or more before tasting. [Author's own recipe]

TURNIP WINE (2)

Scrub turnips and remove small roots and crowns. Chop coarsely and put in nylon straining bag. Tie closed and put in pot with water. Bring to boil and cover, continuing boil until tender. Drip drain (do NOT squeeze). Put sugar in primary and pour hot liquid over it, stirring until completely dissolved. Add dried hops to nylon straining bag with turnip pulp, tie top, and put in primary. When liquid has cooled to room temperature, add remaining ingredients except yeast. Cover and set aside for 12-14 hours. Add activated yeast. Ferment 7 days, punching down bag twice daily without squeezing. Drip drain bag of turnip pulp and hops, then discard solids. Rack into secondary, top up if necessary, and attach airlock. Rack, top up and reattach airlock after one week, again one week later, and again two weeks later. Thereafter, rack, top up and reattach airlock every two months until wine clears and no longer deposits sediments. If not clear in 6 months, treat with Amylase or other starch enzyme and wait additional two months. Stabilize, sweeten if desired, wait 10-14 days, and rack into bottles. Age 12 months or more before tasting. [Adapted recipe from Jerry Uthemann's Mary's Recipes]

My thanks to Randy Geib, location unknown, for this request.

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