The Blackberries we picked last weekend have now been processed. Two kg are fermenting away in a fermentation bucket, tomorrow this will be strained and then the liquid goes into the demijohn for a few weeks before racking and then bottling. Depending on which web site you chose to believe the wine will be ready for this Christmas or in a years time! We will test it in Dec and then decide.
With the Elderflower Champagne being such a hit with our friends I decided not to wait for next years blossoms and ordered some dried flowers from www. homebrewwest.ie . This is a company based in Galway and sells a full range of wine and beer making equipment, I and a friend were also short of wine yeasts and the Peapod wine had 'stuck' so I also got some restart, so I am now well set up to resume wine making in earnest. I am hopeful that the next lot of Elderflower Champagne will be ready at Christmas.
Whist out picking blackberries today Simon spotted a lovely plant growing in a hedge row, I had a vague idea as to what it was and one returning home looked in the RHS plant finder book. It was what I thought,