Wow, the grape Gods were good to us this year!! We found out yesterday how plentiful the vines are this year. The wild black grape that grows near the pond up from the house gave us a great idea. Wine. So, needless to say, I turned my trustworthy internet friends to point me in the right direction. We’re going to follow a great recipe for homemade grape wine that doesn’t use yeast. We’re not in it for the alcohol content, just merely the project and the outcome of flavor. This is a more primitive way to most of the new innovative ways we found, but, hey, our mountains of North Carolina are littered full of tales of wine making and they didn’t use any yeast or fancy ways of doing it. Well, we will find out later if this project is a tasty one! Well, in about 5 months, we’ll know. I’ll try to keep documenting the entire project.
First, we took old large pickle jars and filled with the grapes we had harvested. We then mashed them leaving all pulp and juices. We’ve taken plastic wrap and placed over top and 2 coffee filters (more our idea, then the recipe’s) and secured with a rubber band over the top. The recipe states to keep these jars out in the sun for a week and then scrape off the mold and then add sugar. So, we’ll be following up and post our next steps.