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Sangria wine kit started

 I started a sangria wine kit we picked up at Baders. Simple kit, mix water with fruit juice and yeast and wait. We'll see how it turns out in 2 months. I used a Lalvin K1-V1116 yeast.

The wine kit.

From their site:

Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine Bases are all-natural and made with real fruit juice. They are blended from the same formulations used by commercial wineries and allow you to avoid straining out the fruit pieces. Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine bases make 5 gallons of high-quality fruit wine at around 10% ABV. Easy, convenient re-sealable packaging with no pH or acid adjustments allows you to scale depending on your batch size. All you have to do is add yeast and water.

A blend of juice concentrates, corn syrup, citric acid and natural flavor designed to make a fermentable base for a sangria style wine blend at 18.6 Brix. The product is blended, pasteurized and can be stored at ambient temperature.

Recommended Yeast: Lalvin K1V-1116 or Red Star Premier Classique



Initial SG: 1.072

Next Steps:

  1. 7/15/21: Started
  2. Wait 2 weeks
  3. 7/30/21: Rack to secondary carboy after 2 weeks
  4. Wait 4 weeks
  5. 8/27/21: Test SG, if above 1.0, let ferment, if below, continue
  6. Rack it
  7. Add 1 crushed campden per gallon to wine
  8. Add 1/2 tsp of potassium sorbate per gallon
  9. Stir in
  10. Wait 1 week to clear
  11. 9/3/21: Sweeten to taste using wine conditioner?
  12. Bottle
  13. Drink now or wait up to 6 months

Wine conditioner info: https://blog.homebrewing.org/wine-conditioner-sweeten-wine/



 Well, we are down to 5 chickens. They are:

  • rooster - speckles
  • twins - 2 grey hens that hang around with speckles
  • henrietta - hen that came with us from port orchard
  • white hen - semi feral, hangs around with other chickens sometimes, but sleeps in trees

Well, Q just found the little white hen with 6 chicks under the HF trailer. I am not going to try to catch them and move them to the coop, that would just stress them out and would be futile since they are in long grass and I don't want to step on them. So we'll leave them be, and see what happens. But I did put water and chick starter food out for them.


Hive swarmed

Hive #1 swarmed, I caught swarm and put it into hive #2


A beekeeper again

I bought a nuk from The bee lady near Roy, Wa. $225 for a nuk, 5 frames, about 75% drawn, lots of bees, Queen is marked with white paint. 

Bees picked up 5/11/21, hives 5/12/21.

 When I hived it, they were calm and mellow, so that's good. She has good bees.

I'll do a check tomorrow and see how they are doing.


Allergy season started

 Well, nose getting stuffy, sneezing outside, cotton wood seeds starting to appear in the air..

Glad I have PB to go to so I can clear my nose when its really bad.


Non honey bees

 I bought the following non honey bees from Masonbeesforsale.com:

  • orchard mason bees
  • leaf cutter bees
  • something else.

I've been finding any hole filled with mud, including power outlets. I bought a package of the kids proof power caps to keep the bees out of the ground holes.




Diary update

 Its been a mild winder, no snow, no heavy frost, only a few medium frosts. Lots more rain than last year.

The frogs have started their froggy concerts in the last day or two.

Spring is approaching.


Allergies wave 3ish

Well, queen anne's lace season started about 2 weeks ago., but it is not as bad as previous years. I've cut down my allegra meds from 2 to 1 pill a day.
So that is good allergy news for once.


2nd wave of allergies

Allergen update:
  • Cottonwood almost done, thank goodness. 
  • Other things are blooming and my nose is running like a hose and my skin itches. Amazing I have any brains left after sneezing so much.
  • I wish B's coast place was done, i'd go there for a week.


More beer!

L started another batch of beer:  Scottish Ale (Mactarnahan's Clone)
Its bubbling quite nicely and smells good. We'll see how it tastes in 6 weeks.

The recipe.


New garden beds

We decided to move the garden beds to near where the blueberries were.
We are doing this because:
  • closer to water
  • closer to house
  • re-design so I can use the large mower to mow the area
 So this means I get to:
  • get new beds made
  • fill new beds with garden soil
  • make a lattice for one of the beds
  • make a gateway
  • setup fence
  • remove old fence
  • remove old fence posts
  • remove old beds

I've got the new beds made and filled and the fence posts in, time to work on the fence.



I was out digging today and noticed fluff wafting thru the air..
Cottonwood season is upon us!! Run! Get your masks and allergy pills!!!


New wine kit started: Stags Leap Merlot

L and & I picked up a wine kit, a Stags Leap Merlot, includes grape skins. We started it 5/13/2020, should be ready by Yule..

The kit.


New chicks and a roo

Picked up 4 assorted chicks last night and a 4 moth old americana rooster last night from a FB community buy/sell site.
We snuck the chicks under the sitting hens at 2200 last night and put the rooster into the coop in the cat cage with the door open. He's up and exploring today, his crow is small and squeaky, its funny to hear it.