20090125

Let's Party : 5 Bottles of Wine for $3

After a evening of youtube videos featuring amateur wine makers Wendy and I determined to make our own vino. We could barely believe that 5 bottles of wine could be produced in minutes for just about three bucks. But it's true. Of course we cant report on the taste until our brew has sat for more than 30 days but we'll let you know how it came out. What we can say is that it was fun and easy. If this works we'll save a lot of money on wine. I'm beginning to get that feeling I have when I realize that I've been had by an industry. Ya, the wine industry might just be a whole bunch bunk! Check out the video, start one today and so that we can compare come harvest time. Cheers!

10 comments:

bisbohemian said...

Gotta love it!

Let us know how it turns out!

Personally, I am a fan of the selection at Trader Joe's - on my monthly trip to Tucson, I come back with a case of wines under $10 and EVERY one of them is pretty darn good...

.... also, I love the guy who makes Two Buck Chuck. If you THOUGHT you were being put on by the wine industry, you were right.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/05/news/companies/Two_Buck_Chuck.biz2/index.htm

For me personally...as they say about art, "I don't know much about wine, but I know what I like..."

dkg said...

do you think this would work with apple juice instead of grape?

Mikey Sklar said...

dkg - Yes, apple juice should work just fine. Pretty much any fruit or fruit juice. You need to track how much sugar the fruit contains to figure out how much sugar to add to get a specific alcohol level. Our grape juice had about 430 grams of sugar and we added another 400 grams to get us into the 11-14% alcohol level.

Jay Dedman said...

Sounds like prison wine. Definitely do a follow up with how it tastes.

Mikey Sklar said...

this batch probably won't taste so great due to our yeast.

We originally tried brewers yeast which is no good for wine. I later added bread yeast which should work, but won't taste good.

I've just ordered wine yeast, yeast nutrients, bentonite, acid blend and a hydrometer. This will move us up from prison wine into two buck chuck land.

Me with Lou said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. Seriously. I'm starting my first batch (with white grape juice - we'll see) tonight.

Libby: said...

Haha! I'm with Jay...can't wait to see how it tastes. Using wine yeast will make a big difference, and you might want to try something other than cane sugar, which can also make the flavor not so good (at least that's been my experience with beer and cider--I'm not patient enough for wine. Also, I bet the longer you age it, the better, but you'd need to siphon the wine off of the yeast sediment to prevent the dead yeast from making it taste off.

Good luck!

Mikey Sklar said...

It just so happens that some of these simple Welch's wines have won best in show for the last three years of the San Antonio Regional Wine Tasting event.

http://sarwg.jackkeller.net/ourrecip.asp

However...Since we used a lame yeast and cheap sugar it may not be so great on this round.

I'm more excited about the hard cider right now.

Gisela Towner said...

I started making wine about 5 years ago and absolutely love it.
If you're disappointed with your results, it will be because the grapes used for juice and jam are not the same as what is used for wine.
You can get a very nice beginner's kit of winemaking equiptment for around $60-70 (try the Grape and Granery or the Winemaking Superstore)and then use your own fruits or berries or buy wine grape juice to make the good stuff. There are some terific books -- my favorite is the Home Winemaker's Companion. With the right ingredients and gear, you'll be making wines as good as any you can buy.
I've made a few real dogs too (the pumkin spice, tomato and Ruby Red grapefruit wines were somewhat misguided ideas...), but I just give those to people that work my nerves always asking me to give them wine!
Lots of fun though and kind of addictive. :)

ryanne hodson said...

yummmm
can't wait to hear how it comes out!