Category Archives: sake

Making our own wine from backyard fruit. Plus, latex glove aroma?



0:00 – 33:24: Warning! This week’s episode takes a detour into home wine making. The “Dork Uncorked” Rod Phillips drops some knowledge as co-host Ryan Price tells of how he attempted to make wine out of his backyard plums and blackberries.

33:24 – 39:00: Why did Ryan smell an aroma of “latex glove” from an Okanagan Pinot Noir?

39:00 – 42:38: Rod’s “Pick of the Week.” It’s a Sake called Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo.

Plum/Blackberry Wine in carboy

For the record here’s the recipe Ryan cobbled together to make 1 gallon (no guarantee this will be good!):

5 lbs pitted purple plums
2 lbs washed blackberries
3 litres boiling water (I should have put in a bit less)
2.25 lbs white sugar
1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 crushed campden tablet (potassium metabisulfite)

Let sit for a day

1 tsp yeast nutrient
1/2 tsp acid blend (citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid)
1 packet wine yeast (this seemed like a lot, but no disaster yet)