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Saturday, 22 September 2012

(not damson) Wine

I've been a bit slow on the preparations for wine making this year. Although the damson wine of last year was fine, I wanted to be a bit more adventurous so a few months ago I set about finding a new recipe. After ages of searching I found a lovely little recipe for Damson and Mixed Berries and have been saving my strawberries and Raspberries all summer. We also went foraging for blackberries when at home last so now have a good selection of berries make the damsons more interesting.

I checked my wine making equipment over, made sure I had all the right things, brought a new packet of yeast and stocked up on sugar. I then went out to the damson tree to pick my crop... and I've missed the boat!!! They are ALL moldy, shriveled and useless. I can't believe it.

It's obviously a result of the poor weather we have had this year as last year I had so many I didn't know what to do with them, the garden was littered. I have had none of that this year. I noted about two weeks ago that some of them were getting close to needing to be picked, but never thought that that was my only chance!

This is a photo of what made last years wine (27 bottles).

And I gave three large bags away and this probably totaled maybe a quarter of what was on it. There is no way there was that much on it this year! I should have picked it when I could and frozen it until now...

So what am I going to substitute the damsons for? According to the recipe, taking away the weight of the mixed berries (which is a bit more than whats needed) I need just under 1kg of fruit. I don't really know what to do. I have no idea where you would be able to buy damsons so I wonder how much frozen mixed fruit is from the supermarket?.... The main problem with this is that by taking out the damson element all together, I may need another recipe as the acid balance will probably be different, thus affecting the taste of the wine and the additives used..

 Hmm back to the drawing board I think!

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