Baking and Brewing
Partly because I have an allotment and get gluts of things, and partly because I have a bit of a hippy streak, I love to make things myself. I have recently just started making wine from the fruits off the allotment – mostly to free up space in the freezer for things that cannot be properly preserved like peas and beans.
The blackcurrant wine seems to be doing well, with a rough estimate of 12.5% to 13% alcohol – calculated from a starting specific gravity of 1088 and 994 when it was racked. The biggest issue is going to be finding somewhere where there is a steady room temperature high enough for long enough through the winter to keep it all going properly.
Wine does not like rapid or large changes in temperature, so being in a Victorian terraced stone house with elderly electric storage heaters for heating may be a challenge. I can wake up with ice on the duvet… My wines may have to lodge elsewhere for the worst of the winter months.