We're brewing five gallons and the whole process will take about a year. The process has several steps. Today we're taking the first step. We thought about saving this post for the end of the year when we drink the wine, but decided a play-by-play posting strategy would be funner.
The first step has three parts. One, cut and quarter 10 quarts of strawberries for the "must". Two, prepare the must for yeast. Must is a combination of strawberries, water and sugar to make 5 gallons. Three, begin the yeast starter. Wait 24 hours then add it to the must. Each of these steps are represented by the picture set below.
|Step #1: Preparing the berries. Thanks Bel for picking this morning. Our patch at home is slowing down, but there was plenty at the local farm this morning!|
|Step #2 preparing the must. C. James up to his elbows in delightful redness pressing out the berries.|
|The finished must is 10 quarts of strawberries (2 gallons), 23 cups sugar and 3 gallons of water.|
|Step # 3 yeast starter. We mixed one package of champagne yeast with about a cup of must. The frothy delight in the dish tells us that the yeast is active and doing it's job! We'll add it to the 5 gallon must tomorrow at 8:00 (24 hours later).|