brandy with prickly pears

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brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:27 am

Last year I tried to ferment and distil some prickly pears. Despite having distilled various fruits, this one was disappointing. Today I went to pick others to try again .... Does anyone have experience with this fruit? Thanks so much.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:07 am

This is the fruit I picked yesterday. It is absolutely organic. I'll peel it later. A beer cap to understand the size of the fruit.
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by v-child » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:29 am

What's the sugar content? I have a friend that macerates the fruit in alcohol. The result is a deep red without much flavor.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:37 am

I just finished peeling the fruit. I measured OG1058, not much. I would like to distill all the fruit. I'm inserting the photos
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What's the sugar content? I have a friend that macerates the fruit in alcohol. The result is a deep red without much flavor.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:42 am

This is the peeled fruit.The thorns are lurking!
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I blended them with rudimentary means, adding the yeast.
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:51 am

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I think many know it but to avoid misunderstandings this is the plant

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by The Baker » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:13 pm

They were an environmental disaster in Australia; I assume they were introduced.

Anyway a beetle was introduced to eat the prickly pears.
The beetle was a disaster.
So they introduced the cane toad to eat the beetles.
The cane toad was and is a disaster...

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Saltbush Bill » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:35 pm

The cane toad was introduced to eat the cane beatle.......nothing to do with beatles in cactus.
Cactoblastis Moth was introduced to destroy the cactus and did exactly as intended.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:55 pm

Saltbush Bill wrote:
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The cane toad was introduced to eat the cane beatle.......nothing to do with beatles in cactus.
Cactoblastis Moth was introduced to destroy the cactus and did exactly as intended.
Hi, I live on the other side of the world but how did this plant create a disaster? I don't know this problem.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Saltbush Bill » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:31 am

Prickly Pear was introduced to this country in an attempt to establish a cochineal dye industry many many years ago..........the stuff went feral and took over huge tracts of our Australian bush, making what was once prime cattle raising country and agricultural country unusable for any purpose.
The moth Cactoblastis cactorum was introduced in 1925 and almost wiped the pear out.....small pockets still exist to this day, but it is mostly under control.
Links below will show you photos of what it did to this country and also lead to a little more information.
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=pric ... 66&bih=652

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/asset ... -story.pdf

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by The Baker » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:39 am

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:35 pm
The cane toad was introduced to eat the cane beatle.......nothing to do with beatles in cactus.
Cactoblastis Moth was introduced to destroy the cactus and did exactly as intended.
Thanks, Salty.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:40 am

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:31 am
Prickly Pear was introduced to this country in an attempt to establish a cochineal dye industry many many years ago..........the stuff went feral and took over huge tracts of our Australian bush, making what was once prime cattle raising country and agricultural country unusable for any purpose.
The moth Cactoblastis cactorum was introduced in 1925 and almost wiped the pear out.....small pockets still exist to this day, but it is mostly under control.
Links below will show you photos of what it did to this country and also lead to a little more information.
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=pric ... 66&bih=652

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/asset ... -story.pdf
A I understand. I collected them from some plants that are in my small plot, they are only pruned from time to time but they are not a problem. I think there was an industrial problem there from what I understand.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by rockcanyon » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:12 am

OG1058? Doesn't sound too bad to me but I'm new. I lived in West Texas for 30 years. Sure could have got a ton of those things for free about anywhere. They are often called "Tunas" there. I used to eat one now and then, there's a wide variety of sweetness amounts from one to another, and some are quite sweet but most are not.
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:55 am

rockcanyon wrote:
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OG1058? Doesn't sound too bad to me but I'm new. I lived in West Texas for 30 years. Sure could have got a ton of those things for free about anywhere. They are often called "Tunas" there. I used to eat one now and then, there's a wide variety of sweetness amounts from one to another, and some are quite sweet but most are not.
Here in Italy they grow well in certain areas, they are usually very sweet and rich in seeds, the fruits are quite large. I think there are similar plants, maybe they will be similar.

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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:10 am

Small update, fermentation seems to be proceeding well.
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:12 am

The fermentation is finished, FG 1006 stable after a few days.
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I decided to separate seeds and pulp before distillation. Given the small quantity and the low alcohol content (about 7 abv) I will perform a first pot still run and then a final distillation.I made about 20 liters of fermented juice
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by Demy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:21 am

This is the final result. Delicate fruit flavor, the nose is very pronounced. Maybe it's not my favorite fruit brandy but it's a good product.
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Re: brandy with prickly pears

Post by chickenfeed » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:59 am

Awesome I have a 15 gallon batch going right now.

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