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dobanion
Da Kine

USA
163 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2019 :  07:21:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone experiment with grapes? Specifically, the muscadine varieties? Made any descent wine?

terracore
Punatic

5916 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2019 :  16:20:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't talk to the people at the Volcano winery. Their wine is horrible.
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ElysianWort
Punatic

USA
1708 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2019 :  17:58:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Didn't use grapes. Used wai'wi guava and made some pretty good white wine.
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My 2 cents
Kamaaina

719 Posts

Posted - 10/02/2019 :  08:18:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
While the Muscadine variety does better than other varieties in warmer climates, the key is in the colder temperatures.

http://www.gardenguyhawaii.com/2014/05/muscadine-grape-in-tropics.html

"The muscadine grape has a low chilling requirement, 200 to 600 hours. Even so, fruit production in tropical regions, except perhaps at higher elevations, will be low.
Note: the chilling requirement is the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit; this is the number that must be met in order to produce a reasonable crop."

You can make wine out of most any fruit, but the best results I have found are Waiwi and Jaboticaba. Waiwi makes a very nice white wine, and Jaboticaba makes an excellent red. Best to stick with what grows well here.
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taropatch
Da Kine

USA
218 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2019 :  00:19:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We tried grape vines (don't know the variety) couple of times and they did poorly. Beetles feasted on the leaves. Jaboticaba works very well.

Serrao Winery up in Kaumana mauka side of Hilo operated from 1903 till Prohibition. He used Madeira grapes. A little history here.

https://hogsheadwine.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/terraced-mountain-sides-with-vineyards-like-those-of-madeira-vesuvius-and-etna-jose-gomes-serraos-hawaiian-wine/
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bananahead
Punatic

USA
1171 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2019 :  09:51:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
move to Sonoma, its mo betta

aloha

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Seeb
Punatic

2027 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2019 :  19:34:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone tried using guava
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dayna
Punatic

USA
1005 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2019 :  17:19:52  Show Profile  Visit dayna's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Guava makes a good cider.

Things I've fermented and will again:
Guava
Jaboticaba
Pineapple rinds
Local honey

Things I've fermented and lived to regret:
Jackfruit

Things I like to add to vodka to steep:
Lemon rinds
Ripe allspice berries
Lychee


Dayna

www.E-Z-Caps.com
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