Wine from Wild Grapes

Homemade Wine From Wild Grapes

This was my first time making wine.  Here was the process i took.
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Early in the year, these were the grapes that grew in my yard.
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They were classified as wild riverbank grapes.  Here they are after ripening.  Not that big.
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Animals and birds started eating the grapes and i figured that it's time to start picking them.
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This was their size.  Not huge.  It took a lot of picking to get 1.5 gallons.
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Here was the amount of grapes i got.  About 3 gallons of grapes.
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This was the stems and unripe grapes that i separated.
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I got 2 totes and some other stuff together for the tools.
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1 bucket for grapes, 1 bucket for the destemmed grapes, 1 bucket for the stems.
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After all the stems were removed i added 0.5 liters of water and started crushing the grapes.
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I bought this Yeast on amazon, heated up some water in the microwave, added the whole packet and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
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Then i added the yeast, added about 3 pounds of sugar, and let it sit for 7 days.  This was primary fermentation.  I didn't have a hydrometer to measure any sugar/alcohol levels.
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After 7 days i was ready to transfer to jugs.  Cleaned with soap and water first.
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Scoop the grapes and liquid, strain through colander, and pour into the gallon jugs through a funnel.
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It was a messy job, definitely something to do in the garage.
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I only ended up with a gallon and a half.  But i put the 1 way stoppers on top and will let these ferment for about a year.  Racking every 3 months to separate the wine from the sediment at the bottom.
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1 comment:

Kristie in NH said...

Have you tried your wine yet? I am in the same boat you were. We just bought a new house and have LOTS of wild grapes. I've never made wine before, but i'm going to try it out.