I am having an issue with my wine. First off it's way too strong (doesn't even taste like wine. It would be ok if it were strong and fruity or strong and sweet), perhaps a bit vinegary. To me it's vodka-like but muddy looking. My husband and a freind think it tastes vinegary. It also has almost microscopic floaties. It's very cloudy. The wine store told me I may have over- fermented and that it was still ok to drink. But it tastes so terrible. I really want to save this wine because I put a lot of work into it from hand picking my grapes to brewing 4 full gallons. I already (I believe) wasted one as all I could do was put it in a sealed pot since I'd already broke the airlocked seal and I panickly added boiled water with sugar and now it tastes like watered down vodka. I tried to bottle it but couldn't get the floaties out/get it clear and now the one gallon bottle is flat. I've tried siphoning and cheese cloth and not siphoning straight from the bottom of the jug. But after a big mess and doing so over and over again, I just can't filter it out. The wine store also told me that maybe I didn't let it set long enough to settle fully? They really didn't know much about wine- making though. I also worry about the flavor. I really don't want all the time and money I put into it to go to waste, so I'm waiting to try again on bottling until I have more of an idea of what to do. It was brewed in a dark (ideal temperature) closet with no air getting into it for about, and it's been fermenting since September 6th. So this makes no sense to me. But it is also my first go at wine making. I was hoping to give this wine out as Christmas gifts, but I'm not so sure about that now. Is this something that can be saved? In the event that I didn't explain this well enough, I have posted pictures below to show you what it looks like. The first batch was just plain grape. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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