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CC's not so fine WINE diary

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. Sep 11, 2019
    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Super Self-Sufficient

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    That guy needs something...
     
  2. Sep 12, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Apple and pear cider wines are done and bottled. 1 gallon gives you 5 750ml wine bottles. Apple tastes like very hard apple cider, 13.6% alcohol by volume but without the fizz. Pear has a interesting aroma of mild vanilla and pears, it also tastes like very hard pear cider at 14.3% alcohol by volume without the fizz.

    Not really sure what to call these. They were both ciders and fermented with cider yeast but I finished them off like a wine so I guess they are cider wines.
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Those look so good!
     
  4. Sep 12, 2019
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    Those are for your personal consumption, right? Not made specifically for the party or christmas gifts.
    Hope you and your wife enjoy them.
    I love how you label them all, very classy for a not-so-fine-wine maker, lol.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Yeah... For personal consumption (Wife and I). No need to shrink wrap toppers because I will not be giving away as gifts.

    After tasting a bottle of what my neighbor gave me that his friend made, with floaters in the wine. Maybe my wines aren't so bad after all... But mine are not what I would consider fine wine. I need a lot more practice/experimentation first.

    I just pulled 6 gallons of sassafras out of cold crash to bottle this weekend. Look at all the lees sediment on the bottom and how clear the wine is. so far I like the flavor of this root wine. Very mild bourbon on the front end, apricot on the back end and it warms your ears going down :)
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    Just out of curiosity - have you been able to figure out what it costs you to make a bottle? (or a batch?)
     
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    That Sassafrss sounds divine!
    Wish we had scratch and taste monitors, lol. (May be hard to explain to the boss why I am licking the screen though)
    I make a Bourbon Peach Cobbler that is pretty good. So I know those tastes go together very well.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Well thinking about it a little.
    New wine bottles are $1.00 each
    Corks are .15 each
    Shrink wrap toppers are .10 each
    Sugar is 4.00 for 10lbs Which is close to 5 gallons
    Yeast $1.00 a pack good for 5 gallons
    Wine base $20.00 to $30.00 for 5 gallons

    You need 25 bottles for 5 gallons of wine so $25.00
    25 corks so $3.75 for 5 gallons
    Shrink wrap tops $2.50 for 5 gallons
    Sugar approx $4.00 for 5 lbs
    Yeast $1.00
    Wine base high side $30.00 5 lbs
    Total for 25 bottles = 66.25 / 25 = $2.65 per bottle.

    I would consider $2.65 a worst case... Because you can reuse bottles and that knocks $1.00 off each bottle. $30.00 is the high end for fruit wine base. I wanted to use new wine bottles for Christmas presents so they look nice.

    I didn't add in labels but i would say they are no more than .15 each with paper and ink.

    So let's just say $3.00 a bottle as a absolute worst case. I'm sure if I were doing this as a business I could cut $3.00 in half pretty easily buying in bulk and much better pricing, even with new bottles.
     
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    Bourbon peach cobbler??? Where do you live? I gotta try that :drool can you share your recipe please?

    What would really set this sassafras wine off, is if I could age it in a white oak barrel made of heartwood for about 6 months. But maybe one day I'll get a oak barrel to play around with.

    After wiping the condensation away from the jug. I still can't get over how clear this sassafras wine is. I read on some of the wine making sites that people would have to let sassafras sit for over 6 moths to clear after they stabilized it. Nope just a week cold crash at 34 degrees works just fine. It was a mess before cold crashing.
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    That's pretty awesome!
     
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