Mmmm. Smells Like Wine So Far.Submitted by bigmikedude on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 21:14
The record rainfall this year took its toll on the garden. We harvested some stuff but not near as much as usual. Nobody's garden did well this year.
But our grapes - they went crazy. After three years of training our vines, from seedlings, they produced incredibly this year for the first time.
So, not wanting to see them go to waste, BMD was forced to take up a little wine making for the first time.
After days of researching, I spent three hours last week Sunday sorting through each bunch, crushing them, and running around town hunting down every do-it-yourself thing I needed to convert four gallons of crushed grapes into hopefully, a few good hangovers at least.
Even hit the pet store for a hydrometer. (was the only place local that had one) Not quite enough scale on it, but enough to at least figure out how much sugar they contained off the vines and how much more to add for the standard 12% alcohol potential.
I have some fresh cut white oak ready to char to add a little barrel flavor when I start racking and clearing it next week.
Sure smells awesome right now after almost a week of primary fermentation so far. It's going to be a long couple months waiting to see how it comes out.
I didn't get any pics of the grapes while ripe, but there are a few from early this season when they were still green.
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