wine weekend

I joke with Neil that the reason I make wine and not beer is that wine can be forgotten about for months. I didn’t realize how true this was until I pulled out my little notebook today and discovered that two of these wines were re-racked* LAST YEAR on the MLK weekend…

wine prep

So today I bottled not one, or two, but THREE varieties of wine. The first was an apple/tart cherry that I started in 2009. The other two a black current/blackberry wine and a rose petal wine both started in 2010.

Easily the most time consuming process of bottling is cleaning up the bottled. This wouldn’t take so long if I didn’t insist on scraping off the old labels.

clean bottles

But I think they look so nice all properly cleaned up and ready to hold my fruit wines. Once the bottles are clean and sterile I siphon the wine into them, cork the tops, and let them sit. Next weekend (hopefully? If I remember) I’ll seal the tops with wax.

Ideally I should let the wine ferment on the fruit for a week, siphon into a secondary for 2-4 months, and then siphon into another secondary (tertiary?) for the last 6-10 months. Once bottled the wine would continue to improve for another 6-12 months.

In this case I’d guess the wines probably spent so long in the tertiary fermenters that they’re ready to drink whenever I want!

*transferred into clean bottles to allow sediment to filter out.


2 responses to “wine weekend

  1. My wine making experience goes bacck to high school when I was living with an aunt. It involved frozen grape juice, yeast, and a balloon. My aunt had a fit and feared I was becoming an alcoholic! I didn’t drink any kind of alcohol; I just thought it would be an interesting experiment. The balloon inflated from the fermentation!! I ended the experiment and poured my project down the drain to end my aunt’s dilemma!!

    • What I’m doing is only a little bit fancier than what you tried! The air locks let the CO2 out without letting anything in whereas the balloon just collected it. And I use yeasts that are bred for wine making. But I have made wines with fruit juices and they work pretty well!

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