So this is the plum wine - after being removed (or "racked" as those in the know, know) with a siphon hose, from the 2 big 5 gallon crocks - in all its murky glory in a 6 gallon carboy and 1 gallon glass bottle. Yes, that's right, 7 gallons. But when I get done with it all (in about 6 months apparently) there will probably only be about 6 gallons (which apparently translates to about 24 bottles of wine - jackpot!!!!).
The racking process was, how should I word this, horrible. I was not a happy camper. There are many recipes online and in books for fruit wines and some tell you to use a nylon bag to hold the pulpy goods while it is all fermenting away - and some do not. Let me tell you friends - use the freaking bag. I will never ever ever make fruit wine without a bag ever again. There was a ton of freaking pulp and skin action and it was really hard to get it out and I think I oxidized my wine about as much as you possibly can - which is not good - but I had no choice, unless I wanted to eat plum wine as one might eat a bowl of apple sauce.
So the fun times took place yesterday - and the multiple hour-long process wiped out the miniscule amount of energy I had - due to 3 or 4 days or 100+ degree temps - so for most of the day I laid in the RV watching old horror movies.
I checked on the goods today and this is what they look like...
Oh how did that little guy get in there...too freaking cute.
There they are. So you can see that the mucky muck is settling - there are layers of settle - or settlement or what have you. So basically what I am going to try to do is let this settle out for about a week and then rack it to another container to get some of that sludge (or lees, as they like to call it) off the bottom and then I plan on following the rest of the directions from this website. This store is in Hillsboro and is the one I have been getting all my paraphernalia and advise from. So it seems to me - from doing a hydrometer reading (which was something like .995, or thereabouts) - that I am ready to move onto one of the steps they guy has - of adding the juice from some additional plums to give the whole thing more flavor and body. Right now the wine tastes and smells alcoholy - and is completely dry. If I just left it the way it is it would be pretty bland, i think.
Here is a photo of the utensil aftermath. I fashioned my own giant funnel from a gallon milk jug - that was Baron's brilliant idea - what a genius! I was running around like a wiped out loser and really needed the help.
Ok - that's about it for now - even though I would love to write more someday about the cute shorts I've made myself recently - and the fact that I haven't washed my hair with shampoo or soap or anything like that for about 3 months. But I must go and post more items on eBay. Etsy's been a little slow lately - but I have faith.