This is an update I really haven’t wanted to write.
(read here for the start of this experiment)
I’ve wished and hoped that maybe I was wrong, that maybe things would be okay in the end, everything would work out, and I and my loved ones would be enjoying sweet magenta wine in a few short weeks. If you’d been following along on Instagram, you may have been a little curious about the silence.
I’d been ready to buy some empty wine bottles online! I was learning how to siphon things! I’d even cleared some space on a basement shelf.
But sadly, the wine is not to be.
Despite a few VERY hectic weeks in our personal life, I and my husband have faithfully stirred the wine every other day and kept it covered in cheesecloth in a cool corner of the kitchen, away from the sun. For many weeks, it looked and smelled like wine.
Until one day, it didn’t.
Overnight, a misty white pallor developed over the surface of the wine.
I stirred it, and waited.
The white mist came back, more dense than before.
One more stir.
Not so much a smell of wine, but an unpleasant, yeasty odor.
I don’t know how or why it happened, but it appears my wine has been overtaken by mold. And I’m not serving it to myself or anyone else!
It’s a good thing I didn’t buy the wine bottling supplies, but it is a sad day for my future winemaking career, and the “all of us sitting around on a hot summer day drinking really sweet homemade wine” occasion that is never to be.
RIP, Homemade Rose Wine.
(PS: Yeah, it smelled horrible when I poured it down the drain.)