Baby Gherkin Cucumber

About a month ago we planted some gherkin cucumber seeds, with the idea of making dill pickled gherkins, well the trellised vines have started to flower and produce the first fruit. We have 6 vines in and looking at how much fruit is being produced we should get enough jars to last us a year 🙂

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Summer Crops

Its summer time here and as most of our garden is on the western side of the house, its going to get hammered with the summer heat. We are not expecting things to go all that well, but we planted some corn, beans, beatroot and tomatoes. If we can get things established before we get the next heat wave things should be fine.

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Raspberry Wine Update

So today i racked the raspberry wine off the lees and added some sweetness back into the wine. 25 grams of stevia was added, and after tasting i felt it still needed some sweetness, but the wife thought that it was just right. We agreed to leave it bulk age for a month or so then taste again and see what we think before bottling.

The pictures do not do justice to how clear and how pretty it looks. I added a back light to this shot and you can sort of get an idea of how it will look in a glass. Its a nice reddish pink with plenty of raspberry flavour. Will bottle it in a month and drink it at Christmas. I think it will go down a treat cold over ice on a hot summers day. Very refreshing. Looking forward to this one.

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Its a Boy

I was reading that while making this recipe that most people do not add an airlock till about the 3rd or 4th day. Just cover the opening with a cloth to keep the bugs out. Well i found out why this is a good idea this morning, its jizzing out the top 🙂 Lesson learned.

 

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What’s In The Demijohns

So in the demijohns we currently have from left to right, apple cider that is fermenting like a champion, raspberry wine that needs to be racked again to a clean demi and finally, today’s effort, what will end up being a grape cider. Its 5L of comercial grape juice that I intend to make very fizzy and kind of sweet.

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