Category Archives: Joys of making wine and beer

Just Hilarious

Sometimes you just never know what may happen when you make your own fresh fruit wines. Finally made a small batch ( 1 Gallon) of fresh strawberry wine, and I called it My Keeper. Featured in a blog below.
Has been bottled for a couple weeks now and all of a sudden the corks start popping. Thank nana's strawberry winegoodness no bottles broke, but the cat had some fun chasing a cork around my dining room. Took a look at the other bottles and found out they had carbonated. Woot- I have “sparkling  wine ” !! And is it good !! As a lover of Sparkling Wine- this was a treat- now just to get the rest drank up before they pop their corks-LOL.
Had a few bottles stored here in the wine room here at work. Was greeted with a fresh wine smell this morning-checked the wine room and sure enough a couple more bottles had popped their corks. All I could do was laugh. Gathered the remaining bottles and re-bottled them into proper bottles with the proper corks and wire tie down. Hopefully this will work. 🙂
The only problem I have is to figure out how this happened. Have tried a couple time to get the hang of making sparkling wine, and so far nothing that I have been real happy with. I went back over my records and everything was correct, all the gravity’s were good all the way though the process. Will have to figure this out- as I would love to repeat this happy process again, but under a more controlled situation.

Re bottled Strawberry Sparkling Wine

Strawberry and Rhubarb Wines coming Along

Today we transferred our Strawberry and Rhubarb wines into the carboys. These are the two I made from the new fruit juices from Vintner’s. Super easy.
Took the gravity’s and etc. and they are on target. Also took a taste test. Was pleasantly surprised. The strawberry was sweet, but not overly sweet. Smelled and tasted like fresh strawberries. The rhubarb was sweet with the natural little tang of a rhubarb. The colors are, in my opinion, very true to the fruit they are made from. The hardest part is going to be waiting for about 2 weeks for them to clear. Then we get to play some more. Mixing half of each batch together.:)  Strawberry/Rhubarb Wine Blend- Which is always a big hit in our area.

strawbeery wine
strawberry wine
Rhubarb wine
Rhubarb wine

Planning a Special Event- How to figure quantity of wine & beer needed

Are you planning and special event this year, such as a wedding, family gathering, and etc.
This is a rough formula to help you figure out just how many bottles you may need. Of course all depends on how your guest drink, where it is a open bar, or limited bar. But hopefully this will give you a guideline to get you started.

Wine: Calculated with 750ml bottles and 5 ounce serving.
Each bottle has about a 5 glass service of 5 ounces. Again this will depend on how it is poured, could be more or less servings per bottle.
Take the number of guest and divide by 5, this will equal the approximate total of bottles needed. Multiply that by the amount planning on serving per guest. As a extra precaution add 1 more bottle per 20 bottles you are purchasing.
100 guest  divided by 5 servings per bottle=20 bottles x 4 serving per guest= 80 bottles. If you know of the number of children and non-drinkers you may eliminate them from you calculations.
Please check with the store you are purchasing from that they will refund you for any unopened or tampered with bottles not used. Be aware they may have a policy against this. Remember to always include both a white and red wine.

Beer: Again this will depend on if your are having a open bar or limited bar. Figures are a standard 12 ounce bottle.
Take the number of guest and multiply by 4.
General rule is 4 bottles per guest.  To figure Beer is pretty straight forward. As beer comes in 24 bottle cases.
100 guest x 4 = 400 bottles divide by 24= 17 cases of beer.

But remember when try to figure all this out, not all guest drink alcoholic beverages.  And not all drink wine or beer. If you can figure a rough idea of how many guest drink what, you will be able to cut the volume of wine and beer purchased. but always remember to add a couple extra bottles to your total- guest can surprise you. A few may partake just on special occasions.

One of the best ways to help cut cost is to make your own. Find a local “On Premise” Wine and Beer Store. Discuss with them about what you may like to make. Then set up to have a gathering of your friends to make what you will need. It is always a special feeling to know that you made it yourself, and that it is a great quality of beer and wine.