Firstly, I'm going to announce now that I have NEVER made any wine in my life! (That covers off any fumbling that may or may not happen from now on!) Since we inherited a couple of extra rhubarb plants and ours transplanted better than we could ever have imagined.... I thought I'd give it a bash.
The recipe I followed was from Tanya's blog, but I didn't have enough to make the full amount. Never mind, I'm sure 3 bottles will be just grand! If you want the full recipe now, check out her blog. If you just want to see a learner bumble through, I'll be updating this as I go along.
1.15g rhubarb (you're going to love how I got to this!)
1.4 litres water, boiled
1.425 ml strong black tea, boiled & cooled
1t yeast nutrient
1/2 x 5g sachet white wine yeast
extra water, boiled and cooled
10 July 2012
I had to halve the recipe and I'm a self-proclaimed one-pot cook. Considering I was going to have to put the rhubarb into a sterile bowl and wash the rhubarb that's already two pots! Eeek. No speaking to me! (yup, seriously).
So, I got rougly the right amount of rhubarb balanced nicely on the scales, top and tailed them and chopped into small pieces, washed and into the bowl....
See you in 3 days time!
15 July 2012
Okay, so it was longer than 3 days, but we got here! Had to pop to the shop and collect the bits'n'pieces that we didn't have. All sorted!
Here's the mixture after sitting in the cupboard, I scooped out the pieces then drained the syrup through a seive to make sure there were no bits in there.
...and I mean 5 days this time!
23 July 2012
...In my calendar, this is 5 days.....
We had a bit of an issue with the racking - there was going to be too much water added to the demi-john and shouldn't be left half full, so it was a quick discuss with Tanya and decided that a bottle of Scrumpy would do the trick (but our shop didn't have any).... I was tempted to make a second half-batch, but we didn't have enough new rhubarb at the allotment.
I left Mike to sort out how to bung the new bottle out, because the bung was exactly the same diameter as the bottle now. He did a very good job, as you will see!
There was a bit of a gap at the top of the bottle so we topped up with boiled & cooled water.
You can't see Mike's handiwork very well, but he cut a perfect sized hole in the lid for the bong and we sealed it with bluetack after the bottle was filled.
We now leave this for about a month (you already know that this'll be about a month + 3 days!)