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...........

Monday, May 10, 2010

Rhubarb Wine, for Jody - day 1

Neighbour Jody would like to start making wine, & so I've offered him my surplus of demijohns, syphons, bungs, airlocks, a spare hydrometer & other paraphernalia (mostly courtesy of John Badger from the bottom) & tonight I took a selection of useful bits to the Hill for Jody to collect to get him underway.

Rhubarb wine seems like a good place to start - Jody has an embarrassment of riches in terms of rhubarb on his plot to pick, the juice is extracted 'cold' (so there is no faffing about boiling stuff up in a in a cauldron), it's pretty straightforward, & the wine (which is ready in about 6 months total) is fresh & light.

He'll need to buy wine yeast, nutrient & a tin of grape concentrate from Wilko to get him going for this first batch of rhubarb wine (& steriliser, but Milton's is just as good, & likely to be handy with a small baby in the house) & the full ingredient list is as follows:

3lb rhubarb (about 12-14 stalks)
2.5 lb (and a bit) sugar
1 can grape concentrate (from Wilko)
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp yeast nutrient

(Its useful if you have a couple of gallon buckets (with approx measure marks) and even better if they have lids).

  1. Chop 3lb rhubarb stalks into 1" chunks, & put into a clean bucket
  2. Pour over 2.5lb white sugar, shake the bucket, cover & leave for 24 hrs for the sugar to dissolve.

That's it for now. Tomorrow is 'making up the batch to start the brew' & the final step is 'fermenting out, racking & bottling'.

There, easy!


  1. your a star! I was just about to go hunting for instructions and bingo there they are! great thnx I have the stuff just a trip to wilkos and im underway.

    I thought Id post you info on the chillis you have. Ive taken this off the packet, if you want to know more let me know.

    A small bushy plant giving non stop production of small fruits through summer. great for patios. Height 37cm.

    heatwave (cayenne)
    contains mix of red yellow and orange (not sure what you have!!). Ornamental plant offering mind blowing flavour experience.

    Jalepeno (the pizza chilli)
    early ripening with longer tapered 9cm fruits. can be picked green or left to ripen red. Has unusual scarred skin

  2. And you get to use the rhubarb in a crumble afterwards too, Bilbo - everyone's a winner!

    Thanks for the info on the peppers, Jody - they are all potted up and tucked up in the mini greenhouse.


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