So what would you do if 5 gallons of Chardonnay juice showed up in your brewpad? That was the question we were faced with a couple weeks ago. Â I was talking to a friend of mine whose family have some vineyards down here about wine and beer and somehow we got to talking about a hybrid wine/beer. Â He asked if they could spare 5 gallons for us to experiment with and a couple weeks later Â we had a carboy full of Chardonnay juice. Â We quickly racked it into a keg and stuck it in the keezer just so nothing funky would start going as we planned out what to do with 5 gallons of Chard juice.
The first idea was to combine it with a blonde beer. At GABF this year Blue Moon won an award for their Chardonnay Blonde. Â Their’s tasted all right be we figured what the hell let’s give that a try. Â Based on our wild non-scientific guess we would use about 2 gallons of the juice in that beer, and pair it with a basic blonde ale recipe. Â We added the Chard juice in secondary and are just waiting for it to ferment out. Â We are going to call it the Blonde Wino.
Our next idea was to combine some chardonnay juice with some pear juice and make a cider. Â I love pear ciders and had been wanting to play with some pear juice anyway so we did an experimental 50-50 pear-chard cider with champaign yeast. Â Finally we still had about 2 gallons of juice left so we decided to try an apple-chard cider. Â Everything is fermenting away and we’ll let you know how it all goes.
So that’s what we did with 5 gallons of chardonnay, what would you do with it?