Starting Wines

4 Jan

It’s been a long time since I started any wines.  We usually do this in the fall, but it’s been crazy busy and we didn’t have a good apple harvest around here.  I’m out of my two favorite wines, though, so my mom dug the last of the apple juice from the freezer.

I dug deep into my freezer and found some cherries that I froze in 2010.  It’s good to get these older frozen fruits and juices used up.  We’re making a double batch of Chapel, a dessert wine made from the apple juice and cherries.

I heated them up enough to thaw things out.

We are doing just a single (gallon) batch of this apple wine called Mirth.

Then we added some acid and tannins and sugar

and lemon juice and put it all in the super fancy primary fermentation vessels.

Of course we add a Campden tablet to keep any natural yeasts floating around from incubating in our wine.  Besides, it’s fun to use the mortar and pestle.

Then I covered the buckets and put them in a nice warm area.

After the two juices sat overnight to prepare a good environment, I added the yeast.

This is why I won’t even apply for a permit to make wine until I have a nice building put up where no animals are allowed.  Bob is so helpful!

Tonight we are transferring the two wines from the bucket to glass carboys.  Then I’ll only have to rack it a couple of times and wait for about six months to have more of my favorite wines.

Linking to Farmgirl Friday.

24 Responses to “Starting Wines”

  1. TexWisGirl January 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    that last photo cracks me up. 🙂 just wait 6 more months for wine… sigh… 🙂

    • Teresa January 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      I really think I need to plant a lot of apple trees and cherry trees and build better fences around them.🙂 Bob is quite the helper!

  2. Alica January 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Bob looks thirsty!

    • Teresa January 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      He’s a nosey Bob!

  3. Marigold and the Goatmother January 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    So can Claire use this process to do her blueberry wines? Maybe she doesn’t need the ‘bad former owner’s’ notes at all!

    • Teresa January 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      She could use the process on a much larger scale. I’ve told her that I might be able to share a top secret recipe or two.🙂

    • Teresa January 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      But I don’t have blueberry wine recipes. My blueberry wine turned into the most wonderful vinegar.

  4. Talon January 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    You amaze me, Teresa! Is there anything you can’t do? Apple and cherry wine – that will be totally delicious!

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      It is totally amazing~my favorite! I guess I’m just crazy enough to try anything that comes my way. Most people can do more than they do~they just talk themselves out of trying. 🙂

  5. JoyceAnn January 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Um , that does sound delicious , but I would have a hard time being patient for 6 months (LOL).

    Blessings !

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      By the time we bottle it, there will be much less than when we started.🙂

  6. Candy C. January 5, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    “super fancy primary fermentation vessels” LOL!!
    Bob was just checking to see if everything smelled right!😉

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      I’m not sure he thought it smelled very good, but he does have to stick his nose in there.

  7. Nancy January 5, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    This is an awesome fruit combination — I bet it will taste great!🙂

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      This is the third year I’ve done the apple/cherry combination, and it is great!

  8. WolfSong January 5, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Cat hair is a condiment. It goes with everything! Besides, he could be the inspector, making sure it’s safe for human consumption.😉

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      Inspector Bob! That really does suit him~he likes to check everything out.

  9. Jenny Matlock January 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    NONONONO! Say it isn’t so! Those aren’t sour cherries are they? Those need to be made into pies!!!!!

    Okay.

    The wine sounds delicious…

    but…

    ahhhh….warm sour cherry pie with ice cream.

    Oh yum!

    Happy New Year, busy lady!

    • Teresa January 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      They are sour cherries. I do have some in the freezer prepared for cherry jam. I suppose I could sacrifice those for a pie.🙂

  10. jen January 6, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Well… isnt that cool. I’d like to try to make some wine one of these days. I’ve got cherries frozen…

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      I really need to get a better fence to keep goats out, and then I’ll have a real orchard to make a lot more wine. It is fun and delicious!

  11. Kanelstrand January 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I must admit that this is the first time I see wine made this way! Another confession – I don’t know exactly how it is made but from what I remember from my grandpa – he made wine out of fresh grapes! This looks so inventive to me, though it might be just normal for you. Thank you for widening my horizon today!

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      It’s a lot easier for me to prepare the fruit in the fall when I’m busy and freeze it to use when I have more time.

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