17 responses to Winemaking in Amish New York
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    Comment on Hooray for AA's 1st posting in '14 (January 2nd, 2014 at 07:18)

    Hooray for AA's 1st posting in '14

    In this home based operation, does the straw hat serve a use in the process of winemaking, or is it just there to show scale?
    Great article this morning.

    Happy 2014 everyone, myself, I am still a little full from my family’s New Year’s Day gathering / meal at my Aunt and Uncle’s house with their kids and grandson. Good times. All the best for the rest of this year.

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      Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:32)

      Shom I didn’t even stop to think about the hat–passed your observation along though. Looked to me like someone just dropped or set it down.

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        J T
        Comment on Hello Erik (January 18th, 2014 at 18:51)

        Hello Erik

        I realize that you are in NC and I would like to invite you visit us in Camp Hill sometime this spring to explore and pick your brain on our local Amish communities. Would you be willing to make the trip? We will house and feed you and provide transportation.

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      Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 15:30)

      Shom Karen says there are a lot of little boys in the house–“there are always hats on the floor!” The vintner here is also a beekeeper (along with dairy farming).

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 07:55)

    According to the photo that wine is going overboard.I come from a wine making family. Dad used to make wine, but I never saw him drink wine. I assume he did it when all his children were in bed and he needed a relaxer.

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      Comment on @ Katie Troyer (January 2nd, 2014 at 19:42)

      @ Katie Troyer

      Katie: I have never seen a kerosene stove, so while I was looking at the pictures I was trying to figure out type of fuel that it used. Thanks for making that comment.

      Just curious, what is unique about that stove so that you could identify it as kerosene? I mean, obviously it has no fire box so I knew that it wasn’t wood or coal burning, but how did you know that it was not fueled by some sort of compressed gas?

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    Nancy @ A Rural Journal
    Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:17)

    How interesting! I erroneously assumed there would be no making or imbibing of alcohol in Amish communities. Thank you for the information!

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    loretta t
    Comment on Amish winemaking (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:19)

    Amish winemaking

    I noticed the stove is kerosene. I didn’t know they were still used or available to purchase. I knew propane is popular among the English as well as the Amish.
    Is kerosene use popular in that area?

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      Comment on Kerosene use in Amish homes (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:28)

      Kerosene use in Amish homes

      Kerosene is more common as a fuel among the more traditional Amish (Swartzentruber Amish definitely fall in that category).

      A few years ago there was a deadly accident in another traditional community in western PA, when a woman who thought she was using kerosene to light a fire but it was actually kero contaminated with gas. In the same community in 2010 3 died in a fire likely fueled by kerosene near a stove:


      Propane is a more common fuel in more progressive Amish groups.

      There is a good chart in Karen’s book The Amish with traditional/progressive tech comparisons: http://books.google.pl/books?id=iaO5KZM-4xkC&pg=PA319&lpg=PA319&dq=kerosene+traditional+amish&source=bl&ots=3q1Oj8iROg&sig=R4hRou0ceDc0Wup_qqfscHMAXio&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rGfFUubADYa47Qa5y4EQ&ved=0CEgQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=kerosene%20traditional%20amish&f=false

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    Comment on Winemaking in Amish NY (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:29)

    Winemaking in Amish NY

    Greetings and Hope for a Great New Year, everyone!

    Good article on winemaking; I’ve always wondered how the Amish felt about alcoholic beverages, etc. Thanks for enlightening us about that.

    It reminds me of when my mother/father decided to grow grapes in their backyard, then harvested them, and made homemade wine, back in the 1960’s. I was a teenager then, but none the less, thought it was something “fun” for them to enjoy making and watching them offer it to their relatives and friends who would stop by for a visit. I remember 2 huge jugs sitting on the kitchen counter, “brewing” (or whatever it’s called), and taking up so much room on mom’s small counter top, meal preps were a little challenging! But an enjoyable time for them.

    Looking forward to more interesting articles about the Amish Culture. Enjoy reading others opinions too — another way to learn.

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    Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 08:49)

    I helped an Amish family move yesterday. One of the other helpers (also an old order Amishman) commented that he and his wife “had beet wine, strawberry wine and grape wine last night (New Years eve) and our bellies were really warm.” Wine making is not uncommon here in the Elkhart LaGrange community with Concord grape wine being the most common product.

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    Comment on wine making (January 2nd, 2014 at 09:28)

    wine making

    It looks like their wine over flow ‘es

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56)

    I had heard that some Amish make wine and imbibe. What I find interesting are the photos, especially since they’re from a Swartzentruber household.

    The comments are interesting (kerosene vs. propane, etc.). I’m guessing that’s a sink to the left of the stove area (grey handled pump). Do they have much trouble with it freezing up in the winter? Do Swartzentrubers have water heaters (free-standing), or do they warm up their water (for bathing, for example) on the stove?

    Interesting post!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Communion wine -- (January 2nd, 2014 at 13:00)

    Communion wine --

    — do the teetotal settlements brew their own, as an exception, or buy it in? Or do they use grape juice that hasn’t been fermented?

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Why Not Wine? (January 2nd, 2014 at 13:41)

    Why Not Wine?

    It was the first miracle Jesus did at the wedding of Canaan and since the Amish follow the bible literally, I would think it would be fine in moderation.

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    J T
    Comment on Winemaking in Amish New York (January 18th, 2014 at 10:22)

    There is an Amish run Friday only market not far from here that has a local vineyard selling wines (mostly bad ones). Amish women can often be seen buying a bottle or two.
    And let’s not forget the two cases of Amish men being arrested for DUI. Yes they were driving buggies.

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    J T
    Comment on Kero stoves (January 18th, 2014 at 10:25)

    Kero stoves

    I still see these being sold at mud sales. They’re always dirty and need some restoration. I think I might even buy one someday.

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