A not so long while ago, I decided to take it upon my self to try and make my own wine. Not an easy task, but one I really wanted to try. I ordered a kit from amazon that included everything one would need excluding the grapes and the bottles. It even came with corks and a corker. Ok, I admit, the “oak” barrel was a giant plastic bucket, but the fermenter was a large glass bottle.

After taking a few months to think about what type of wine I wanted to make, I settled on Riesling. It is one of my favorite wines, and it works as both a dry and a sweet wine. I figured if I screwed it up, maybe it would make a decent sweet wine. I ordered a box of already squeezed grapes (concentrate) from the Internet. I was aiming for a dry wine, and actually succeeded. It was a decent wine. It wasn’t great, but it was pretty good. Very drinkable, like most wines.

Now, as I said, the set didn’t come with bottles. Now, I could have ordered a couple of cases of bottles as they are easily available on Amazon.com, but I drink a lot of wine myself. Why would I want to waste all those bottles? I got plenty of chemicals to clean bottles, so why not reuse these bottles? And excluding a few issues with getting the wine into the bottles, they worked wonderfully. I probably would have had fewer issues has I used all of the tools that my kit came with, but I only found the last piece after the bottling was done.

I am now drinking one of those bottles after letting it age for a while. It’s still decent. It’s something I would consider giving out as a gift, if I had real bottles, and not these reused ones.

Now, what am I going to make next…
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