Nice to see you back....
Thank you for the concern and prayers...means a lot.
You must be in really good shape to put up that much firewood...You must also have a really big house or a hungry furnace.We get by with about 14-18 pickup loads [short box]...depends on how much out door cooking Jim does in the Cowboy Campfire Cafe.....Usually there is some wood left over each year. He has brought most of it home from the woods...i would like to get a few more loads [just incase it's a brutal winter]...plenty of dead oaks around.
Glad you got the Chokecherries and Blackberries...and didn't get attacked doing so.
We like dry red wine...
This is a pretty standard recipe that I use.....
I steam extract the juice, but you could use any method of getting out the juice...or use a straining bag.
8-10 QUARTS JUICE = 22# STEAMED EXTRACTED CHOKECHERRIES
2 BOTTLES WINEXPERT RED GRAPE CONCENTRATE
7 1/2# to 9# SUGAR [S.G. 1.085]
6 1/2 CAMPDEN TABLETS
3 tsp LIQUID TANNIN
4 tsp ACID BLEND
2 oz AMERICAN OAK CHIPS [TOASTED]
2 VANILLA BEANS
S.G. 1.085 water to 6 1/2 gallons
3 tsp PECTIC ENZYME
3 tsp YEAST ENERGIZER
6 tsp YEAST NUTRIENT
LALVIN RC-212 YEAST
Keep us Posted on your winemaking....