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"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north…. As he peeked ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction." (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

Homemade Concord Grape Wine (Ode to Autumn)

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I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. 

(from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien)

This is not true with William. We are both never lacking in an adventure together. At any given point in our week, we both have several projects we would like to see happen or different ideas we are shooting back and forth with each other. While it can be exhausting sometimes to keep up with yourself, it’s always nice knowing there’s a partner out there wanting to adventure with you.

This weekend we set off to the beautiful lakeside house of a family I know. They had acres of concord grapes, there was a bright blue sky, and plenty of grapes to be found.

We spent an hour or so exploring the few acres full and ending up picking around 20 pounds of grapes.

As I’m typing, I am still not sure our fermentation has started, or will ever start, but in the meantime I plan on celebrating the process that is wine making with a blog!

Step 1: Pick ‘Em

  • Pay careful attention to the cute ‘beauts you may find buzzing around the vines.

Step 2: Separate Grape From Stems

  • Be sure to have a drink while you’re doing all of this!

Step 3: Weigh ‘Em

  • We just used my home scale weighing ourselves first, then holding the bag. Not the most scientific method but it works!

Step 4: Mush ‘Em!

  • This part is fun.
  • This part is messy.
  • Hold hands in the grapes.
  • Know ahead of time whatever touches this mush will itch like you’ve been rolling around in installation.

Does anyone know why the heck this happens?!

Step 5: Add Campden Tablets

  • Wait overnight to let these beauties work their cleaning/clarifying magic

Step 6: Dump Must (Juice & Skins) Into Primary Fermentation Container

  • We initially mushed them in my old pot I cook meatballs & pasta in (shown in Step 4) before we transferred them
  • We used a funnel (AKA cut drink container) to dump them into a glass carboy (done in my tub, for the record!)

Step 7: Add the Yeast

  • We used wine yeast
  • Make sure not to use hot water while you let the yeast rehydrate
  • Be careful not to let it sit longer than the package recommends (for ours, 15 minutes)

Step 8: Shake Vigorously

  • Seriously, Will got a workout…try to do this as long as you can to ‘incorporate oxygen’

Step 9: Put the Airlock on Top & Pray For Bubbles

  • We don’t have them yet, but I’m hoping!

Step 10: Wait Patiently for Fermentation to Start

  • Not. I am freaking out and checking it every other minute like a paranoid mother. I convince myself at times there’s a glimmer of hope and I see a bubble on top of the must. Mostly, nothings happening….yet? 🙂
  • Don’t store in direct sunlight

xoxo,

mp

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