I am a great believer in Abraham Kaplan’s The Law of the Instrument: “When you’re carrying a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Currently, my hammer is a wine bottle, and everything looks like it should be bottled!
Here’s how it happened: after a particularly large batch of homemade wine aged to bottling point, I discovered that our large collection of wine bottles (see Reuse Glass Before Recycling It) had dwindled over the past year. Suddenly, I found myself short of 750 ml bottles.
Luckily, friends on the bay had recently married in an event that gathered more than 400 celebrants. I checked, and discovered that they hadn’t hauled out the recycling yet. They were very happy to let me take away all I could. On an extremely rainy afternoon I collected a large pack full, plus an extra case box of corkable empties.
This came after I’d bottled the big batch, so after sterilizing and removing labels from my new stash, I eagerly looked around for wine to bottle, only to realize that nothing else would come due for awhile. To make things worse, I recently bought more corks, and a new filling wand that should prove more reliable than my old one, which wasted too much wine in my opinion.
All these new toys, and nothing to use them for!
I have plenty of batches coming due in the next month or so, but I had to wait for about a week before anything came close to needing to be bottled. I finally got my chance the other day, although I suspect I may have bottled that batch a bit too early. Time will tell. Bottling just one gallon did little more than whet my appetite, and hardly put a dent in the rows of bottles waiting to do their duty in one corner of the cabin.