Friday, 26 August 2011

Strange brew

Having spent the summer at various dinners, do's and barbeques - in festivals, fields and parks up and down the country, there's one thing that keeps the world turning - booze. No matter how severe the recession gets, people will always drink. So in lieu of starting my own microbrewery (ideally on small Hebridian island - "Do you want a Canna beer?") I borrowed Phil's demijohn, plucked a kg of gooseberries and blackcurrants, and paid a visit to the wonderful Edina Homebrew shop just off Easter Road, who helped explain the whole really very simple process.






So after two weeks bubbling away in the corner of the kitchen, I've racked (siphoned off the good stuff into a new demijohn, whilst leaving the old sediment) the wine and in another couple of weeks they'll be ready for bottling - then another six months.  A slow way to get six bottles of wine, especially when as my dear wife reminded me they're down the road in the Co-op for £4 a pop, but she's kinda missing the point!


Meanwhile down at the allotment - the onions and shallots were pulled at the start of the month and purple sprouting broccoli and nero kale transplanted in.

Courgettes continue to come at the rate of knots. The broad beans have one last picking in them and winter sowing of cauliflower and winter leaves have been made.


 
Pulled my first kohl rabi, but having had it in a pork stew last night, lets just call it a turnip!!

Next up - the brambles and raspberries!