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all in a ferment!

The grapes from my vine are now coming so thick and fast we can't keep up with them, no matter how many I eat or take to work for people to eat. So I scooped a bunch that were on the turn into a pan and made crumble from the slush and strained the spiced and somewhat sweetened juice into a little stoppered bottle. And left it, for, um. Ten days? In the fridge.

Today I unstoppered it (as tonight's recipe could use something to deglaze a pan) and there was the unmistakable pop of a wine cork. It had fermented. After having been boiled on the stovetop for ten minutes, after being kept in the fridge for a week and a half. Boiled and chilled and adulterated with various sugars and spices (jaggery, clovetops and cassia I think?) it had nevertheless produced something pinkish, fizzy and mildly alcoholic. On its own yeast!

The vine has spoken. Does anyone have any old winemaking equipment gathering dust in a corner? Although from today's evidence, I could probably just brew this lot in a bucket.


( 9 worms — Feed the birds )
3rd Nov, 2013 18:56 (UTC)
I used to have all the kit, but got rid of it 2 moves ago - however, I did pick it all up from charity shops, who seemed to have that sort of thing kicking around. Might be worth ringing around some?
3rd Nov, 2013 19:10 (UTC)
ooh are you back in the UK? There's a United Nude pop up shop on Neal Street! Last season's stuff on sale price as well as the current lot
3rd Nov, 2013 20:49 (UTC)
Too late! Already been there at the beginning of October and ended up buying 2 pairs of boots. I don't want to go back* I've run out of money.

* Yet.
3rd Nov, 2013 22:05 (UTC)
Re: me too

Not seen the Coral before. O_o
4th Nov, 2013 12:47 (UTC)
I gather demijohns can be found on ebay and the like fairly cheaply, and the other gubbins is fairly inexpensive.
4th Nov, 2013 23:52 (UTC)
Boswells might have it in stock next to jam and chutney equipment also...
4th Nov, 2013 22:53 (UTC)
Apparently a lady in Henley had her house nigh blown up by some fermenting chutney... or not (see http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=1313666 )
( I particularly liked the way she said,
"“There wasn’t anything else in there, just bottles of milk, butter, cheese, smoked salmon and caviar — what you would expect to find in a Henley fridge?” and the report also said,
"Firefighters initially believed the blast was caused by an open bottle of champagne...")
4th Nov, 2013 23:51 (UTC)
so nearly satire!
We really ought to have an East Oxford news, for all of our prosecco, artisanal bread and allotment based dramas
( 9 worms — Feed the birds )