Having previously posted on my first attempt at making Apple-Fruit Cocktail wine, I thought it was time for another batch. V1.0 was surprisingly good – I was prepared for something along the lines of a cloyingly-sweet “Pruno”-type beverage, but it was actually a respectable wine. With some leftover apple juice and a couple of cans of tropical fruit cocktail sitting in the pantry, it was time to make the next version!
Skeeter Pee v2.0 is finished and a bottle’s chilling in the fridge. It may be hard to believe, but this one may actually be even better than the last!
So your wine has fermented, you’ve racked it to a clean carboy a couple of times to get the wine off the sediment, and now you’re ready to bottle it. You have clean, sanitized bottles, new corks, and a floor corker ready…right?
I’ve been reusing my own private stash of wine bottles (alas, I recycled many before I thought to save them for my own wines!), but I finally got down to the last few and realized I had quite a bit more wine to bottle. Checking Craigslist, I found a few listings for cases of wine bottles for sale, but – even better – also found a local winery offering cases of empty (used) bottles for free!