after a few days the specific gravity was down to about .99 so I strained it and proceeded to rack it into the secondary fermentation carboy (although there wasn't much fermentation left to do!) it is clearing nicely which is a pleasant surprise. I didn't taste it when I racked it because I didn't want to have any preconceived notions about how it would taste as a finished wine. I will let it bulk age for a while, bottle it and see what it is like next summer.
sorry. had to resurrect this thread. I bottle my tomato wine yesterday and it was actually pretty good! not much depth of flavor but hey, plain fresh tomato juice isn't particularly strong (canned stuff is more concentrated). sure turned out better than the mead. ick. I am going to pour that stuff out!
I only tried the bread yeast twice. disgusting. you would have to really really really want wine to drink the stuff made from bread yeast in my opinion. after trying the bread yeast as per a recipe (several really) on line that says it produces a decent wine.......what the hell decent means to some peopel I don't know??? I decided to do it right and spend a modest amount of money to get some of the appropriate supplies. and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made. and I am probably one of the cheapest, money hogs you have ever seen and I am not some sort of wine snob at all. if I thought you could make decent wine with bread yeast I would tell you so. my bread yeast wine was poured on the ground. blech.
Good to know. The closest I've come to tomato wine is letting a bottle of ketchup stay in the fridge too long. Way too long.
I'm not expecting a bumper crop this year, since I was way late in setting my plants out. I was too busy recovering from full-time work and full-time school. I didn't get them out until the middle of June. I set out half my plants one day, and the other half another day, a week apart. Both days ended in the two worst hail storms this area has seen in a while. Sooo... My peppers and tomatoes are looking kinda sad. The peppers especially, as the hail turned them into stubs.
My wine making and canning experiments will wait until next year.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller -- Jeremiah Bailey Central Indiana
my favorite wine is cider wine. I just use store bought cider (or apple juice). it is fantastic.....and CHEAP. I think I figured once it cost me 1$ per bottle once I backed out the cost of the initial re-usable supplies. and to my uncultured tastes it is just as good as a 9-12$ bottle of wine from the store and often better!