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Pear Wine, Dry

Crush the fruit in a plastic pail or tub or crock. Add one quart
of boiled water that has cooled for about every gallon of crushed
fruit. this is not critical, the more water you add the lighter in
body the wine will be but it will have desired alcohol content if
you increase the sugar accordingly. Half Crushed fruit and one-third
or one-half added water makes good wine. Let the must stand for
about 24 hours then strain through a piece of clean muslin and
squeeze out but not too hard. Throw away the squeezed out fruit
pulp. boil one-third of the sugar for about two minutes in a half
gallon of water for every gallon of must. Let cool to lukewarm
and add to the must, add the wine yeast or baker's yeast and let
ferment for about 10 days. Siphon the fermenting wine into another
sterilized jug leaving as much of the sediment behind as possible.
Boil one-third of the sugar about two minutes with a half gallon
of water for every gallon of the original must. Let cool and add.
Let ferment for 14 days. Boil the last third of the sugar about
two minutes with a half pint of water per gallon of the original
must. Let cool and to the wine. Let ferment until all fermentation
has stopped. If the wine is clear siphon into bottles or jugs and
seal. If not clear, "rack" into another sterilized jug being sure
that the jug is full to the top and let clear then siphon into
bottles or jugs. Fill bottles up to about two-thirds of the bottle
neck length.

Be sure you use a fermentation lock of some kind to keep wild yeasts
from getting into your jug. I use a cap with an extension and run
tygon tubing over into a fruit jar full of water, lets the fermentation
gases escape but nothing gets back in.

You may have to guess at the sweetness of the pears to calculate
the sugar needed. I use a sacchrometer so know exactly how much to
add. Would recommend you visit a decent wine making store. Nearly
every town has one or two nowadays. This makes a fairly dry wine.
If you like it sweeter, add one teaspoon sugar to each quart when
you're bottling the wine. Shake to mix and then cap.

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