Wine Making -- 2007

01 June 2007

I've purchased 3 kits recently -- time to launch the 2007 wine log!


Wines Made in 2007

Wine

Started

Bottled

Yield

Port Kit

03 Jun 2007

15 May 2008

15

Cream Sherry Kit

03 Jun 2007

15 May 2008

15

Total Made:

 

 

30 bottles


Port Kit

I've thought numerous times of creating my own port, feeding a red wine sugar to kick the alcohol up as high as I could, then sweetening and augmenting with brandy. Never quite got around to doing it, although the interest spurred me to finally complete my whitepaper on stabilizing wine. Maybe some day I'll do that, but for now my port is a kit! :-)

Ingredients:

Kit

Winexpert Selection Speciale Series Wine Kit -- Port

Yeast

Red Star Premier Cuvee (included in kit)

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Started kit. Mixed yeast with 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp sugar; set aside to foam up. Mix bentonite in 1/2 gallon water -- drill-mounted stirring rod works like a charm. Added grape concentrate and topped up with water to 3 gallons. Added yeast.

Note: The instructions state that the starting SG should between 1.128 and 1.133; this is low -- I'll add a bit more corn sugar when feeding it next week.

03 Jun 2007

1.115

Checked SG.

14 Jun 2007

1.002

Directions called for adding 2 cups corn sugar. Because the initial SG was low I added 3 cups. Made sugar syrup and stirred it in.

14 Jun 2007

1.022

Completely and utterly ignored wine for many months. Racked wine (sediment VERY heavy) but still managed to suck up enough sediment to make it murky. Added metabisulphite, sorbate, chitosan, and F-pack. Used drill-mounted stirring rod to mix it well.

12 Apr 2008

-

Bottled. Also realized that I screwed up -- I switched F-packs with the Sherry, so I have Port base with Sherry flavoring and Sherry base with Port flavoring ...

Tasted 'em both -- while they don't taste like they were intended to, they do make interesting dessert wines. I'm going to make a version of Chicken Marsala with each and see what the family thinks.

15 May 2008

-

Final Notes

Yield

15 bottles

18 May 2008

Mostly a port flavor with a hint of sherry.


Cream Sherry Kit

I purchased a "Sherry" kit, expecting it to be a dry sherry, as the vendor's catalog lists both a dry and cream sherry. To my chagrin, when I opened the package and read the instructions -- it's a cream sherry kit!

Next time I stopped at American Brewmaster I mentioned it, and they said I could return the kit, even though the box was opened, as long as the contents were unopened. Thought about returning it, but decided to make it. Maybe later this year I'll order a DRY sherry kit!

Ingredients:

Kit

Winexpert Selection Speciale Series Wine Kit -- Cream Sherry

Yeast

Lalvin EC-1118 (included in kit)

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Started kit. Mixed yeast with 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp sugar; set aside to foam up. Mix bentonite in 1/2 gallon water -- drill-mounted stirring rod works like a charm. Added grape concentrate and topped up with water to 3 gallons. Added yeast.

03 Jun 2007

1.128

Checked SG. Didn't drop as much as directions call for. Decided to let it set longer.

14 Jun 2007

1.040

Ignored wine for months on end. Racked wine (sediment VERY heavy) but still managed to suck up enough sediment to make it murky. Added metabisulphite, sorbate, chitosan, and F-pack. Used drill-mounted stirring rod to mix it well.

12 Apr 2008

-

Bottled. Also realized that I screwed up -- I switched F-packs with the Sherry, so I have Port base with Sherry flavoring and Sherry base with Port flavoring ...

Tasted 'em both -- while they don't taste like they were intended to, they do make interesting dessert wines. I'm going to make a version of Chicken Marsala with each and see what the family thinks.

15 May 2008

-

Final Notes

Yield

? bottles

18 May 2008

Has a distinct port flavor. Interesting that the port F-Pack flavored the Sherry base far stronger than the Sherry F-Pack flavored the Port base. I expected the reverse.