Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Wine Making Forum > How crazy is this?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-23-2005, 03:10 AM   #1
Lounge Lizard
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lounge Lizard's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 552
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default How crazy is this?

Back in the 70s, one of my now departed grandmothers living in Wyoming, used to pick chokecherries from bushes in her backyard, and then make jelly and such from the juice. One year back then, she sent a quart of juice back with us to Texas while we were on vacation, or up there for a funeral or something. I can't remember exactly.

After all of these years, I still had that quart of juice in the fridge. Of course it wasn't in the same fridge all this time. lol I took it out for a look a couple of weeks ago. The Kerr canning lid was still holding fast to the top of the jar. No sign of bulging or contamination.

Why did I still have the juice after all this time, you ask? Well, I have been known to be a total packrat at times. Plus, it did have sort of a sentimental value attached to it, so I never could bring myself to throw it out.

Anyway, to make a long story short, if I could, I decided to preserve the juice for another few decades by making wine out of my grandmother's efforts.

I pried the lid off, and to my surprise, it didn't smell like vinegar. I stuck my finger into it for a taste. Not bad for 30 year old juice. I had forgotten what chokecherries tasted like.

Since I didn't keel over from tasting it, I decided to proceed with my plan. I only had a quart of the precious liquid, and knowing that some would be lost in the winemaking process, I decided to cut it by about a third with grape juice. It ended up about half and half, but the chokecherry flavor is still prominent.

To be on the safe side, I boiled the chokecherry juice a minute or so before mixing it with the other ingredients.

I checked the OG with a hydrometer, but I can't remember the exact reading. I do remember the potential alcohol was about 20 percent. The juice blend was sweet. Too sweet. I thought I had added too much sugar, but later found out I didn't. When racking into the secondary, I took another taste. It was perfectly fine, and wow, what a kick. Good alcohol content.

For those who are curious, here is the list of ingredients:


1 quart chokecherry juice (slightly less due to sediment)
1 cup Brew King Red Grape Concentrate
2 cups water
1 cup water added second day to primary (gallon jug)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp peptic enzyme
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1 Campden tablet
1/2 tsp acid blend
1 package Red Star Premier Cuvee yeast
1/4 tsp Sparkolloid (used in secondary for clarity)



It's still in the secondary (half gallon jug) and looking good. I may rack it one more time before putting it into 187 ml bottles. A couple of the bottles will go to my sister for Christmas.

Comments?


Joe

__________________
Lounge Lizard is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 03:18 AM   #2
ScottT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ScottT's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hurst, Tx
Posts: 654
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Doesn't sound crazy to me.

__________________

Scott

Primary: Empty

Secondary #2: Empty

Bottle Conditioning: Oatmeal Stout

Drinking from Keg: Ordinary Bitter, Kolsch

Drinking bottled: Brown Autumn Wee Heavy
Hefe Weizen
Peaches and Cream Weizen


"This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption... Beer!"
-Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Friar Tuck.

Next up: Hefe Weizen

ScottT is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 04:36 AM   #3
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 82 Times on 72 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

The only crazy part I can figure is where do we find 30 year old chokecherry juice?

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 05:17 AM   #4
Dude
Will work for beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dude's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Knob Noster, Missouri
Posts: 8,843
Liked 36 Times on 26 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

That's pretty awesome.

I'd definitely keep one of those bottles forever.

I can't go by a cinnamon roll without think very fond thoughts of my great grandmother. You'll look at that bottle and forever remember the chokecherry wine you made in her honor too.

__________________
On Tap: Lake Walk Pale Ale -- Eternity (Raspberry Stout) -- Nutrocker -- Donnybrook Dark
Primary: Lake Walk Pale Ale
Secondary: Summit IPA
Up Next: Smoked Porter -- Pub Ale -- Watermelon Wheat
Planning:
Gone But Not Forgotten:

www.IronOrrBrewery.com
Dude is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
Lounge Lizard
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lounge Lizard's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 552
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScottT
Doesn't sound crazy to me.

Thanks. I checked out your photo gallery Nice pics! I knew a guy a long time ago with your last name, who lived in the same general area. He sold Civil War era newspapers and had a dead piranha in his freezer. He was afraid to toss it out, lest gov.org one day might want to know whatever became of it. Any kin of yours?
__________________
Lounge Lizard is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 02:37 PM   #6
Lounge Lizard
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lounge Lizard's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 552
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
The only crazy part I can figure is where do we find 30 year old chokecherry juice?

No need for 30 year old juice. Just find some fresh. You would be much better off. I'm sure you know that. Thanks for the reply!

If anyone knows a place to order fresh chokecherry juice, I would be interested. It's too late for this batch, but it could come in handy later.
__________________
Lounge Lizard is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2005, 02:46 PM   #7
Lounge Lizard
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lounge Lizard's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 552
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ORRELSE
That's pretty awesome.

I'd definitely keep one of those bottles forever.

I can't go by a cinnamon roll without thinking very fond thoughts of my great grandmother. You'll look at that bottle and forever remember the chokecherry wine you made in her honor too.

Oh, a lot of it will be saved forever. If this crazy Texan ever gets married, I may crack open one of the bottles for a toast. Then I may drink one eventually just to see how it tastes with a little aging. My sister has two children, and she can give each of them one to keep.

There may have been a better choice than Brew King concentrate. After I already mixed everything up, I read that Brew King is usually added to the wine after it is made for sweetness and body. It does taste good the way I did it, though.

Nice post. Thanks.
__________________

Last edited by Lounge Lizard; 11-23-2005 at 03:26 PM.
Lounge Lizard is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Big Bad Ass (a.k.a. Crazy IPA) MBM30075 Recipes/Ingredients 14 10-08-2009 11:06 PM
Am I Crazy jimmymcfarlson Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 01-06-2009 11:37 PM
Happy Wife Makes You Do Crazy ShT Day. (Crazy Tradtions) fifelee General Chit Chat 10 11-28-2008 03:26 AM
Am i crazy if... FishinDave07 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-09-2007 01:59 PM