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Corks Are Evil!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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.