Grapes


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Earlier, I was going to post about the quart of juice I got from my small vine. grapes on vine I put up a writing interrupter page for a few days instead. Even a casual reader will… Well, you know.


Just because I posted “Pears” and am now telling an adventure with grapes, don’t get the idea I’m starting a canning/cooking/food set of posts. There could be a set of two, but I have posted about my garden in the past.

My last post from Writer’s Digest prompts had the self-description, “octogenarian, Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, veteran, uncle, cousin” to meet a ten-word constraint.

I could have said, “Grow vegiescrops – eat meat,” and met the ‘or under’ part of the parameter.

Could one consider that eating crow in an emergency is eating meat.

Oh snap! As is nearly predictable, I got off track again.

I’ve made juice before, but there is more this year.

Yield from my vine this year was 100lbs. +/-. Well, that’s about 4 lugs. One wine site says about 85 to 90 pounds of fresh grapes, still on their stems, is needed to make five gallons of wine. Using the steamer process, I filled 38 quarts (9 ½ gallons).

I’m guessing I could get nine gallons after filtering and fermenting the raw juice. If I was serious, I’d probably get 8 gallons after using some for jelly.

Serious? No! I don’t make wine. I’m sure it would cost more to buy the equipment I don’t have than to just go buy wine. Oh, I’ve probably not bought more than a gallon of wine in the last 20 years or so.

Red wine is a great tenderizer for beef going into stew. I don’t think white Concord juice would do the same. At the price of beef, I don’t think experimenting would be prudent.

Better quit before I randomize my self into a corner.


It is a fact that I have opinions – or is it?
As my octogenarianism continues, my mind wanders as I wonder.
Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?