Its summer time here and as most of our garden is on the western side of the house, its going to get hammered with the summer heat. We are not expecting things to go all that well, but we planted some corn, beans, beatroot and tomatoes. If we can get things established before we get the next heat wave things should be fine.
So today i racked the raspberry wine off the lees and added some sweetness back into the wine. 25 grams of stevia was added, and after tasting i felt it still needed some sweetness, but the wife thought that it was just right. We agreed to leave it bulk age for a month or so then taste again and see what we think before bottling.
The pictures do not do justice to how clear and how pretty it looks. I added a back light to this shot and you can sort of get an idea of how it will look in a glass. Its a nice reddish pink with plenty of raspberry flavour. Will bottle it in a month and drink it at Christmas. I think it will go down a treat cold over ice on a hot summers day. Very refreshing. Looking forward to this one.
So in the demijohns we currently have from left to right, apple cider that is fermenting like a champion, raspberry wine that needs to be racked again to a clean demi and finally, today’s effort, what will end up being a grape cider. Its 5L of comercial grape juice that I intend to make very fizzy and kind of sweet.
I was out in the garden just now and saw this little fellow on one of the mulberry trees. Had to run back inside to grab the camera to take a decent photo of it.
As far as the mulberries go, they are just about done for the season. There are a few left, but not many.
On the other hand, the blueberries are still going strong and this one plant has the biggest berries you have ever seen. These things are marbled sized and very sweet.
Well the camera on my phone is hopeless in the extreme and only knows how to make blurry images, but here is some cider i made not long ago, its a little light on the fizz, but other than that, it tastes nice and is very drinkable. At about 8% its kind of potent, I think the next batch will be just juice and no added sugar and watered down to about 5%. Cheers.