Artful Winemaker: Foolproof Home Wine Making Kit Part 2

| 12/1/2010 1:37:00 PM

Tags: winemaking, wine, farm,

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.I'm pleased to report that I managed to remember to add the clarifier and carry out the few intermediate steps in the Artful Winemaker's foolproof wine making kit and finally got around to bottling the brew the day before Thanksgiving. I think that's a little over 28 days total, which means that the wine making kit better be foolproof since I didn't follow the instructions to the T and I neglected to install the seal on one of the funnels. How I missed that instruction is beyond me, but the wine was clear, smelled like wine and so I went ahead and followed the directions for bottling.

Artful Winemaker homemade wine. 

The first step in this process was to install one more component (a funnel) into the Artful Winemaker's fermentation vessel, which was designed to seal the substantial sediment away from the spigot's inlet. In spite of my somewhat clumsy nature, I managed to get the seal  installed on that funnel and get it inserted into the wine without stirring up that sediment -- whew.

Sterilizing wine bottles with sulfites. 

Next, I dissolved the sulfite packet in water and rinsed the artificial corks and the wine bottles, taking care to slosh the solution all around to be sure that no stray yeast cell or bacterial spore could escape certain death. After that, it was simply a matter of filling the bottles with the spigot, and inserting the bottle closures. I was ready to call it a day, but my Partner in Culinary Crime noticed that the box of supplies included lovely bottle labels and foils to cover the corks.

Bottling Artful Winemaker wine. 

Nebraska Dave
12/1/2010 5:37:28 PM

@Hank, I should expect my fool proof wine kit gift in the mail sometime soon? Oh, wait, I don't think I'm on your gift list. :) That's ok I'll have to get my own. Maybe I'll use Mulberries. I am trying think happy thoughts about the Mulberry trees in the neighorhood, but it's sure hard when I'm scraping a blue blob off my truck. It seems that the birds love the lusious little berries as well. I have two neighbors that have mulberry trees that hang over my fence. I haven't tried to make wine for at least 30 years. It might be time to give it a try again. I've heard that a small glass of wine every day is good for health. It would be a good addition to the basement storage area don't you think? Enjoy your fruit of the vine. Live long and prosper. Have a great home made wine day.

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