Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wine Evening!

It’s been such a grey day today, much more November than late July, so this evening I got out the spare demijohns, funnel, sieve & siphon & set too with the redcurrant & gooseberry wine to take them to their respective next stages.

The gooseberry first, which needed racking off – the sediment is thick at the bottom, & the wine translucent. It was the work of a minute to siphon the good stuff into a new demijohn, then I gave it a good shake to de-gas it, then covered it & I’ll now leave it for its final settling.

Then to the redcurrant wine which has been fermenting looking pink & frothy in its two buckets – I put the sieve in the funnel & poured the buckets into each of two demijohns.

Even with the pips & pulp out the way, the volume is still slightly more than a gallon in total, so I split it evenly & popped an airlock on each, wrapped round each with a tea towel (to exclude the light so to keep the delicious colour) & they are now chuckling away in a rigorous ferment.


  1. The redcurrant looks devine - the colour of frozen Strawberry Daiquiri's!

    Should a hobbit ask why your goosegog wine appears to be on an upturned chair which appears to be on a blanket on your table?

  2. Gravity syphoning Bilbo!
    I think wine and preserve making are a wonderful way of bottling summer days!

  3. I am quite jealous of your wine making skills- so far the three I have tried this year are definately not nice tasting. Maybe some time to mature is needed!

  4. Your wine looks most delicious Hazel, I made redcurrant wine last year but I'm afraid it wasn't a keeper.
    Far too nice for that :-)

  5. Thanks for the comments, all!

    Gravity siphoning is spot on, of course - mind you, upturning the chairs onto the table in the attic room both protects the table surface (cheap MFI jobbie!) & keeps the chairs out the way if I should ever feel the urge to vacuum, too.

    Fruit wines taste more 'wine like' than veg wines (of the kits which taste of chemicals to me), QIM - although you are quite right about leaving them to mature - if you can bear to! Isn't that right, Clare...?


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