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, September 15, 2009

Wine Matters

It has not escaped my notice that I still have a freezer full of redcurrants & a garage full of apples, & if I want to store anything else in the freezer, or use the apples before they go off, I'd better step up wine production.

All this means in practice is that I should jog thing along a little, & to be a bit less tardy about getting the stuff bottled & stored.

So today I bottled the iffy gooseberry & rhubarb wine - by the time I've taken a generous jugful out to make risotto, & had a couple of extended testing sessions, I have just three full bottles which will be kept for some months to see if it improves.

That left a demijohn free to transfer the latest batch of apple wine into from its fermenting bucket (the other half going into a spare demijohn). I split the wine into two halves as it is just over a gallon in total - once racked it will be just about on the nose - & given the vigorous ferment, if it was in one over-full demijohn it would go mad frothing up through the airlock, so it's chuckling away in the two demijohns now.

Finally I racked the first batch of apple wine - it still has the odd bubble showing, but having re-read CJJ Berry's words of wisdom that stale yeast can taint wine, I thought that racking it off might not be a bad thing.

In the process, I measured the SG at 1002, and had a taste. I don't think that it's quite finished 'working' yet, but at present it is lined up as being on the sweet side - which will suit mum down to the ground - but at over 15% it's not to be bandied about with abandon at the ladies luncheon circuit...


  1. I've discovered a rather splendid crop of elderberries at the back of the shrubbery (not somewhere I visit very often!). Suggestions as to what I do with them ..... {giggle}

  2. Had to look up pontack too!

    Jelly first, I reckon, then wine - you can always freeze the elderberries if you are short of time & defrost for use as you wish later on...

  3. She's a clever ol' bird that Flummery, isn't she?

    I did more than look up Pontak - I found this:


    yum yum!


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