This post may be a bit inappropriately titled. Maybe a better choice would have been – “Don’t bottle wine before it’s finished fermenting or else it may end up exploding all over your fathers fridge while he is away on vacation” – but that seemed a bit long.
Now this wasn’t my first attempt at making wine. In previous years, I’ve made a couple batches of plum wine and one batch of blackberry wine prior to my foray into strawberry wine. I should have known better, and I did. I was just absent minded and I didn’t anticipate not drinking that small bottle immediately so that it wouldn’t blow up.
Maybe I should I start at the beginning. Here’s a series of picture explaining the process thus far.
Then this mix of water, sugar, yeast, strawberry mash, and a few other little things sit in a 7 gallon bucket for about a week bubbling and frothing away. The yeast eats all the sugar and produces the alcohol; the mush becomes wine. After the fermenting subsides, you strain out the fruit mash and transfer whats left into a giant glass jug.
And that’s it – so far… After a few months of sitting in the jug, finishing it’s fermentation, allowing all the yeast and fine bits of strawberry to settle out, I will bottle it into individual sized portions.
I had a bit of wine left that didn’t fit into the big jug. I put it into two wine bottles and since it was Father’s Day I gave them to my dad and step father. I thought they would both be consumed rather quickly and I only corked the one for my father so that it would survive the drive over to his house unscathed. But alas, we didn’t drink it. It went into the fridge and a few short weeks later that little cork just couldn’t contain the pressure and it burst, covering every single item in the fridge with sweet, sticky, strawberry wine. Oops! Sorry Dad.
I can’t wait until the fall when I can try my strawberry wine, bottle it, and share it with friends and family (especially my Dad – he may even get two with the corks wired on for good measure). I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of strawberry wine I start singing this song.
Did I mention that making another batch of wine was on my life’s to-do list? Well it was.
Thanks for reading!