Friday, August 10, 2012

Whine, No Wine

May this be a lesson in reading the directions all the way through before you do something. 

I thought the third step in making blackberry wine (challenge no. 9) would be to bottle it and do an achievement jig. But I have to wait a bit longer until it stops fermenting for a second time.

Here is what I did last night:

1. Siphon out the wine from the jug into a spare pot or jar. Clean out the sediment from the jug and sanitize it. Put the wine back in the jug.

2. Add 1 3/4 cups of sugar to a pint of boiling water and let it dissolve. Let it cool to room temperature.

3. Add the cooled simple syrup to the jar, reattach the airlock and wait until it stops bubbling.

It was still bubbling this morning, but hopefully we are just days away from this:


In the meantime, I'm still hunting for a name for my wine. Feel free to submit your suggestions. Whoever comes up with the winning name will receive a bottle of my first batch, whether it tastes like s**t or not.


  1. Entry for my Uncle Richard, who emailed me: Tipsy Chigger. If you've ever actually picked blackberries (at least in the south), this makes a lot of sense.