Originally Posted by Deezil
What people always get disappointed with, is the color - but i think people forget that only the outside of strawberries are red & the insides are white.
Manley, this is ONLY TRUE for grocery-store berries, which are picked unripe. Mine were picked ripe in the field for use in my wine. They were vine ripened and dark red all the way through; zero white. What you see in the top pic after first racking is red wine, now that the gross lees are off it. It is a lighter red in the glass, but still red.
Dave, I had already ordered extract and it is on the way if needed. I have the very first gallon of juice pressed off the berries frozen for finishing work, as well. But I really think the new raw alcohol will have to round off with age before the subtler strawberry flavor can come out. I believe it is there, just hiding behind that alcohol. The juice certainly was tasty and filled with flavor before primary ferment.
I started at 1.085, the lowest SSG I have ever used for any wine, so I don't think there's too much alcohol. It's just too young. The sample benefitted from adding sugar, so I'm hopeful.
We'll see what happens.