Corks Are Evil!

I know the Doc doesn’t like these diary style posts, but I’m tired, cranky, and hating my new bottle corker.

Back in August I made a wine from all the extra summer squash in the garden. The final recipe looked something like this.

21 lbs of squash
10lbs of sugar
1/4 cup peppercorns
1 can of Grape Concentrate
2 tbl black tea leaves
And alot of orange and lemon slices

The resulting wine is interesting to say the least, and tonight was the night I bottled this interesting concoction.

Thinking I’d try to make my wine look nice I decided to bottle most of it in 750ml Champagne bottles and 12oz green bottles and cork all of them. Doug at Homebrew Heaven store made corking sound easy after all. “The synthetic corks slide into the bottle fairly easy,” he said. Well here I am 1.5 hours later smelling like a Frenchman.

I easily spilt a 12oz bottle worth of wine on myself, sweated like a pig, and my hands are killing me. All in all though I’m happy with the final product. Now I just have to rack these bottles for awhile to let the wine mellow. That pepper flavor is a bit intense.

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2 Responses to “Corks Are Evil!”

  1. dr wort says:

    I’ve never had a problem corking bottles. ;-}

    What are you using to cork? A simple table top wine corking rig works fine for me. Unless you tried to go cheap and buy one of those crappy non-table top things.

    Squash wine? Uh…is that anything like Food Stamp Wine?

  2. Carlos says:

    Jared, I was told by someone that you were doing this. I am really amazed that you even did wine?!

    I have some good wine for you to try sometime. Just say the word.


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