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Old 07-24-2010, 01:41 AM   #11
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Strawberry Wine - bottled!

I bottled my strawberry wine tonight. I'm pleased enough with the color though it was not as vibrant as it had been. The smell is strong of strawberries. I finally got a good reading on the hydrometer and, if I am reading it correctly, the alcohol content is about 15 to 16%, and the reaction of the first sips made us believe it!

I used smaller bottles (375 ml) and ended up with 22 bottles. It has a nice strawberry after taste. I do hope the "in your face" alcohol punch mellows a bit with age.

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Old 07-24-2010, 02:12 AM   #12
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Ha! You bottled it eh? Someone had to work the corker....
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:41 AM   #13
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Ha! You bottled it eh? Someone had to work the corker....
I did! Someone operating the corker is like gas that is in the car. It has nothing to do with the driving.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:03 AM   #14
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Hmmm.. mayhaps I should go get me corks back.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:36 AM   #15
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...you haven't got a chance Frank...check out my signature...it says "A man's house is his castle, until the queen arrives". Besides, after a little too much of her strawberry wine you won't care.

Wish I was there for a wine-tasting! WTG kathleen!
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #16
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First Taste of the "Aged" Strawberry Wine

I took a few bottles of the wine to visit family over the holiday. First, I was disappointed to see tiny floaties in the bottle. It did not mar the clarity of the wine if I ran it through a strainer, but I really need to be more careful during racking or bottling. Next year, I may do a second racking of wine in hopes of avoiding this.

In the glass, there were no floaties. The beautiful pink color has substantially lightened, but it still has the strong strawberry scent to the wine. The flavor is milder. Next year, I will cut back on tannins, but the wine was flavorful and light. I'm pretty happy with the first try at making wine.

I've ended up with about 18% alcohol content. I used 375 ml bottles rather than 750 ml size. I'm glad I did that. It's easy to store and I have little waste. Our friends do not drink a lot, but enjoy a simple glass of wine.

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Old 12-06-2010, 03:46 AM   #17
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I'm in awe of your adventuresome nature. Kudos to you for a wonderful result with your Strawberry Wine...mmmm.

The "floaties" ,or sediment, are quite common from what I've read. Assuming you stored it properly, then it's just a natural part of the fermentation and aging process. Straining may alter the aroma and flavor of the wine a bit so try this:

Stand your bottle upright in a cool, but not cold, place for a day or more until all the setiment rests at the bottom of the bottle. Be careful not to disturb the sediment when transporting the bottle or removing the cork. Clean the bottleneck and lip of the bottle where the cork has been with a clean cloth. Then carefully pour the wine into a decanter in a slow continuous delibrate motion...don't stop nor hesitate even...and be sure to watch carefully for the first sign of sediment coming out...then stop. Strain the rest through a coffee filter if you want. The little amount left won't matter if the filtering process adds a paper flavor to the aroma or taste a little....since you'll only have an ounce or so of sediment/wine left. Or you can just toss that last ounce.

You have some lucky friends. wish I was there to have a sip.
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I have to say, the amount "floaties" is the difference between very well done and perfect, barely noticeable expect to a perfectionist.
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As a "wine taster" for the holiday festivities, I must say, the wine had a light refreshing taste. It was very good, and Kathleen left us a couple of bottles to enjoy at a later date. Don't drink much and when I do, I prefer a lighter wine, this fits the bill. Looking forward to next year's crop.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:00 PM   #20
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MollyAnne - Thanks for the kind words and the awesome idea. I am sure the floaties will sink to the bottom....plus I can dig out my old glass decanters. I knew I kept them for a reason! *bounces*

Frank - I'm sure you did not sip any for a reason. It MUST be the floaties! :)

Linda - I knew you would like it. I like wine that is light and slightly sweet too. I wish it had kept its deep pink color though.

Still, I'm pleased with my first try. Next year, I will try either plum wine or blackberry......or both!

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