This bottle of wine (pictured above) is the crabapple that I made last fall (2011). Isn't it beautiful! It's perfectly clear with a mild crabapple flavour and no bitterness! Perfect! We bottled it today.
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We are driving away in our camper at the end of July, so are trying to finish all the wines now, before we leave. They will make good hostess gifts when we stop to see friends along the way. Today we bottled the crabapple (pictured left) and the two gallons of wild grape picture below.
Pictured right is the carbuoy of rose petal wine. It is finished and clearing now. It's almost ready to bottle! It's already delicious and my favourite! The rose petal wines don't need to age very long. I made one gallon of rose petal last year and loved it!
Pictured left is the other carbuoy of wild grape yet to finish. We added extra sugar to it about a month ago to raise the alcohol level. The Lalvin E-1118 yeast can tolerate up to about 18% alcohol. This is a bit of an experiment. We added enough extra sugar to bring it up to about 18% so it has a few more weeks to finish before we bottle it. We are going to call it a "Dry Liqueur". We are hoping it will be done before we go. If not, we will leave it with someone here, to finish and bottle.
My one wine making regret is that I still have 4 gallons of packed and frozen hibiscus petals in the freezer with which to make wine. They would also make fabulous jelly, perhaps together with some rose hips. I have offered these to friends who make jams and jellies, or for making wine, but no one seems to want them. I am really going to hate tossing them into the compost when we leave!
I consider my wine making research and practice to be very successful! I enjoyed making it (and drinking it! lol!). When and if we settle somewhere in the future, I will make it again, although perhaps not on this large scale. The first year I only made one gallon at a time of various kinds. In a way it's more enjoyable like that, not as much work all at one time. I usually get about 4.5 -5 bottles (750ml) of wine from a one gallon jug. If drinking only a little at a time and savouring it, that amount will last a long time and make good gifts at Christmas too.