Monday, October 31, 2011
Fruit Wine - Part 1
Today's case in point: making fruit wine.
In order to feel like my work is worth-while, I make 5 gallon batches of wine (versus 3 gallons or smaller), which forces me to make sure I have enough berries & fruit harvested & in the freezer.
Today I managed to stuff 18 pounds of thawed blackberries & 5 1/2 pounds of thawed rhubarb into the berry bag, dissolve just over 12 pounds of sugar into the juice & water & add the wine yeast to the 'brew pot'.
Now I have to wait - will it start to ferment?
Each day will require a stirring & mashing/beating of the berry bag & a measuring with the hydrometer to see how things are progressing.
I think I'll be lucky if I'm drinking this by the end of March... This is a serious test of patience, especially during the winter months but the results are worth it!