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Tree Leaf Wines!?!?!

 
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The few of you here that know me personally know that I'm a bit of a tree guy as well as a bit of a beer/wine enjoyer. So how is it that I'm just finding out about tree leaf based wines?

This Permaculture Magazine article popped up on my facebook feed and of course I had to look into it more. Does anyone here have first-person experience with any tree leaf wines?

Most of the sites I've been coming across in my googling have been using some variation of an oak leaf wine recipe like this:

One with wine recipes for new oak leaves and old oak leaves which are supposed to have very different flavor profiles.

Here's some oak leaf wine for sale if you don't want to brew your own.

 
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I've made wine from a few different things. Fruits and flowers, mostly.

The idea, broadly, is that a wine needs acid, tannin, and alcohol. (Newby, I'm sure you know this, so it's more for other readers.)

Grapes are the wine fruit of choice, because they come with a good balance of acid, tannin, and the sugar that becomes alcohol.

Apples are not bad, but they lack sugar. If you want wine instead of cider (approx 12% alcohol by volume instead of approx 5% abv), then you have to add some sugar.

Elderberries, acid and tannin ok, even more sugar needed.

Then you get into the unusual things. Like oak leaves. They have tannin. Add acid AND sugar, and it can kind of become wine.

It's all a matter of adding what's missing. Heck, dandelion wine needs all three!
 
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