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  • waljaco
    Medronho is a Portuguese specialty from the Arbutus or Strawberry Tree fruit. Slivova (slivovitz or plum brandy) is a Bulgarian specialty from sweet dark plums
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      Medronho is a Portuguese specialty from the Arbutus or Strawberry
      Tree fruit. Slivova (slivovitz or plum brandy) is a Bulgarian
      specialty from sweet dark plums (prunes). They are found on opposite
      sides of Europe. Are there any connections?
      Both are traditional clear fruit spirits produced in the countryside
      on a large home distilling scale, usually secretly so as to to avoid
      complications with tax. The prune and the strawbery tree fruit are
      both high in natural sugars - 15-20% and 0.6% acid which make them
      suitable for making wine and spirit. Unlike apples, both fruits are
      soft when ripe and do not need crushing as they are compressed under
      their own weight, and are fermented (with stones or seeds) for about
      4-6 weeks using wild yeasts with a minimum addition of water. I have
      seen that Medronho is made by fermenting 5 parts fruit to 1 part
      water.
      Some rough calculations for fruit having 15-20% sugar content:
      1)7 kg of fruit contains 1-1.5 kg sugar which would produce about 5
      litres of must. When distilled it should produce 1 litre of 50%abv
      Slivova or Medronho. 35 kg of fruit would make 25 litres of must.
      Home distillers who do not have a large supply of the fruit, could
      add sugar, as these days sugar is a quite cheap. The use of a high
      alcohol producing yeast is recommended as wild yeasts are
      unpredictable.
      2)15 kg fruit + 15 litres water + 3 kg sugar.
      This should produce 25 litres of must as the 15 kg of fruit contains
      approx. 10 l water and 2-3 kg sugar.
      3)7 kg fruit + 20 litres water + 5 kg sugar
      This also should produce 25 litres of must as the 7 kg of fruit
      contains approx. 5 litres water and 1-1.5 kg sugar.

      Most other fruits contain about 10% sugar with about the usual water
      content. The acid content varies.

      Wal
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