There is nothing better than homemade blackberry wine. We have a very large patch on our property and last year we had a abundance of fruit. Time to make some nectar of the gods!
I vacuumed sealed some for the freezer and whenever I seal soft fruits I stick a paper towel along the top of the vacuum bag as the food-saver will suck the juice right out of the soft fruit and make a mess.
even after making preserves
I still had a large amount of blackberries
so I broke out my blender and blended up twenty pounds and dumped them into a cheese cloth bag in my primary
and poured in 4 gallons of water
I dumped in 10 pounds of sugar
I added my energizer, nutrients, etc and mixed well.
I let it sit overnight and cracked it open the next morning
I pulled the cheese cloth out of the primary
I then pitched 2 packages of wine yeast into the primary
I let it ferment for a couple weeks and as the action slowed down I cracked open the lid
since the fermentation was slowing down, I decided to move over to my secondary. First I had to get all the floaties out. So I grabbed my strainer
and poured it through the strainer.
within a couple days it was starting to settle out nice
After a few weeks it was looking good, so I racked it off into another carboy
so after racking the wine several different times into different carboys, it was time to bottle. I decided to use grolsch bottles that I had. I figured it would be easy to cap and all. So I assembled my required tools.
I started siphoning out the wine from the carboy
into my bucket with a drain on the bottom
I attached my bottle filler tube onto the drain
it has a spring release in the bottom, so when the bottle is full, you just lift the tube and the flow shuts off. When you pull the tube out of the bottle the volume of the wine displaced by the tube leaves a perfect air gap in the bottle
off to the pantry!