Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Crabapple Wine

Really? It looks more like the water in our dam at the moment.

Anyway. The crabapples spent about 10 days in the fermenter to do some fermenting. Siphoned off the liquid, squeezed juice out of the crabs, then added sugar and raisins to the lot. Now for some more fermenting.

In the next picture you can see the second fermenter with crabapples in the background. I started this batch 1 week later. That lot has to ferment a bit longer.

Then I will do the same thing again. Siphon off, add sugar and raisins and let ferment a bit more. Once the fermenting has stopped, it will all go into bottles. Then wait for at least 6 months. I sure hope it will then look and (more importantly) taste like proper wine. Fingers crossed.


Olive said...

I'll help with the taste test.

Veggie Gnome said...

You are very brave! We'll have the first tasting with you then. :)

Rest is not idleness said...

It doesn't look like dam water to me, it's sort of a muted pink colour, I guess from the crabapple skins. Does it smell any good?

Veggie Gnome said...

Pip, it smells very nice. I also tasted a little before I poured it into the bottles and it was lovely! It's now fermenting madly and it's great fun! Yes, muted pink is the proper description. Thank you :)

Kel said...

my comment yesterday must have ben eaten by the internet or you chose not to publish it!! i think i made a comment baout non grape wine never tasting like 'proper' (Grape) wine ands its hard to tell when its at its best. Looks like pink grapefruit juice. Lovely. Glad its chugging along nicely.

Veggie Gnome said...

Kel, it must have gone walkabout in cyberspace, it never arrived here.

Can't comment about the taste of non-grape wines, as I have never tried any. It'll be interesting.

Brave enough to join us in our first wine taste test when it's ready? Olive has already volunteered. :)

Kel said...

oh really, you've never tried non grape remiss of us to never offer you any! maybe i can swap you a bottle for some chives! what might olive like? hehe
Definitely Im brave but are you...simon used to judge the non grape section at the OZ wine makers comp! LOL

Em said...

what a fantastic thing to do, it looks so interesting :) Love to hear a tasting report!