Sunday, February 20, 2011
Wine making - cleared and complete
So, my wine has been sitting in it's gallon jar for quite a while now, doing it's magic. It is finally done!
But, I need to back up a second here. This photograph was shot a couple of weeks ago. What you are seeing here is a layer of sediment that has settled to the bottom of the jar. The wine has to be syphoned off into a clean jar and the sediment gets left behind.
I've syphoned it a couple of times since this photo, and the wine is nice and clear now. Potassium sorbate (also available at the brewing supply store or on-line) can be used to make sure that fermentation is stopped. After that, you can sweeten the wine by adding sugar. Mine is sweet enough for me -- and I usually prefer semi-sweet wines. I'd like to have some of my wine loving friends taste it and see what they think.
I really enjoyed trying my hand at wine making. I have about $100 invested into the whole thing and I have 4 bottles of wine and enough supplies left over to make many more batches. Hmm... what kind of wine should I make next?