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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. Aug 21, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Color of wine with official french names.

    For example: In america for american made wines, we would say deep ruby. But in Europe and abroad, the same color wine would be called Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon or Tannat.

    The french are always trying to make things difficult why not just call it deep ruby instead of three different names? -:lol

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    So frustrating... Second batch of cranberry has got some kind of funk like the first batch. I used the same dried cranberries both times but the second time I pasteurized the cranberries. I don't know what kind of funk it is... It could be wax or oil that the dried cranberries were processed with - IDK... I get all the way to completed fermentation, stabilize, rack for clearing and cold crash and get this nasty white stuff on the inside of the fermenter -uggg... Oh well... down the drain into the septic tank it goes. I won't try and make anymore cranberry wine with dried cranberries again that's for sure.
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    Oh man.… that's sucky! Sorry it was a fail.
     
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    __it happens... I learn best by my failures. If everything i ever tried were successful all the time, I simply would loose interest quickly and wouldn't do it anymore, I love a challenge.
     
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    But... At least my blackberry wine came out if cold crash refrigeration clear :) You win some, you loose some - that's what makes it deliciously interesting.
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    That's beautiful!
     
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    Pour some in a glass - I want to see if it is Pale Ruby or Pale Purple in color...

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    CrealCritter

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    :) I think maybe more of a salmon or pink at this point. It's very young, hasn't even been bottled yet. We'll see when I degass and bottle it in a few days. The little bit of oxygen head space in the bottle does some interesting things to wine over time.

    Example: My watermelon wine and when you forget to check the air lock sanitizer level and a little air got in. You can see the oxygenated wine in the top part of the neck of the bottle. Not a big deal... I'll just syphon that brown off and disregard it when it completes fermenting and when I rack it again.
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    Blackberry is finally bottled, corked and capped. I need to wait for the bottles to dry to apply the labels. It was back sweetened to 1.005 per my wife's taste buds. Yielded 19 750 ml bottles plus some in a quart jar, that my daughter in law and I drank.

    At 16.3% alcohol by volume, its most definitely some happy wine. Next thing I know my daughter in law is chasing my grand daughters around the house, laughing and I'm most definitely buzzing. This is the best wine, I've made yet. My daughter in law says I should call it Buzzin' Blackberry -:lol
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    Yeah...Blackberry is done.
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    Cranberry 1090 wine attempt again, but with vintners harvest wine base instead of dried cranberries.

    Maybe 3rd times a charm?

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    Shooting for 4 gallons of finished wine.
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