Re: Nocino revisited
- in the northern hemisphere the target month is June. That is
considered very late spring / early summer. I waited until the black
walnuts were knocked to the ground after a wind storm. I gathered the
nuts with the hulls still attached and cut them into pieces with long
handled tree trimming nippers. Then soaked them hull and nut
included in the alcohol. The nuts were still green all of the way
through and were about half the size of a tennis ball. I would take
a guess that as long as there is a clearly developed nutshell (but
still soft) inside of the hulls they are big enough. The nutshells
inside of the hulls should still be green.
a couple of cautions: black walnut juice will stain just about
anything it touches. and be careful to monitor soaking times and the
amounts of the extra spices added to the jug. I let one jug set too
long (3 months)in the sun and it was a thick mix that I had to filter
and dilute in order to salvage. I also used more cinnamon than
recommended in another jug and it was very noticable and almost
overpowering. Another note was that I used 90 plus abv in a pair of
jugs and that batch actually turned out the best of all. When I used
50 ABV the finished product tested at 25 to 35 abv after soaking.
The 90 plus finished around 60 abv. The vermouth experiment is
still underway. I refilled the jugs after the alcohol was drained
off with white wine.
for filtering I used a plastic collander that fit the top opening of
a gallon sized glass jug and cut pieces of cotton shirt material to
fit. I filtered the heavy particles with the cotton and then followed
up with drip coffee filters. The cotton filters can be rinsed and
resued as many times as desired.
just a few of the things I learned from last summer. if you have
more questions let me know.
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Lynne <ellemm@i...> wrote:
> One for Cornfed (Randy) since I know you've made Nocino (I've saved
> relevant post): The walnut trees are in full fruiting mode in the
> hemisphere, although at this stage the green fruit is still only
> grown ('walnut ' size ...) Are these good to go for making
> should I wait a bit longer?