For years we have been saying that our freezer is too small for all the excess fruit that I pick, and that we must investigate getting a small freezer just for wine making. Claire and I are great procrastinators. If you require further evidence, you only need to go into our front room. We have owned the house for six years now and have yet to paint the plaster.
|Some of our gooseberries, close up.|
|Gooseberries being washed|
|Gooseberry wine fermenting|
|The first demijohn of Gooseberry Wine|
It did - massive! I racked this on 20th August and I fit in most of 2 pints of water with 4 oz sugar dissolved.
I am making a second batch, this time crushing the berries rather than boiling them and 5 pints of boiling water. I started on Sunday 23rd August and racked it on 25th September. The sediment on this one was slightly smaller, but I put in 36 fluid ounces of water with 2 oz sugar dissolved.