We just started some elderberry - i used to make a lot, but have slowed down this past year. My house now has radiant heat in the floors, and it is too hot in the basement for really good wine making. Even if I put the racked wine on shelves, it just doesn't seem to age well. Our old house had a hand dug and rock walled basement that was ideal for storing wine.
We have made just about every kind you can think of over the years - including herb,tomato, and ramp wine.
I used to make blackberry and mulberry wine. Had one of those handdug rock basements too. No basement at all now.
Have a few older recipies around if ya'll would like to give them ago. Cherry Bounce, Megalith or something like that, it's a hard lemonade made with honey and lemons(just yummy!) and a few others out of an old recipe book from the mountains.
Just started it and might be ready for christmas????? Thats really pushing it for good wine isnt it?? I usually do not ever do less than 6 months. I had a batch go for about 18 months before bottleing it. (strawberry/peach)
Wanna talk wierd wine. I done a batch of turnip wine once. smelled like @#$^(* but tasted alright. I used it for mairnade. Also gave it away for "here taste this" type of gifts.
My best ever was a small batch of rose petal wine I made from my grandmothers roses. Almost entered it in a competition but couldn't give up 2 bottles of it because I only made about 1.5 gals. and it was a sentimental thing to give a bottle to my dad, one to my granddad, and keep one myself to put up.
Anyway keepm up with the homemade wine and lets share ideas on different things to try. I have 5 gals of tomato going now.