We were both off today, so did a few jobs around the boat, mostly just general clean up stuff but we also put handles on the new kitchen cupboard as Rob had left us to choose our own.
The weather has been awful all day with 40+MPH overnight which woke us early and rain which hasn't stopped all day so we didn't have much else to do.
We also did a final de-gas of the wine that we make. We thought we had finished with the de-gassing a few weeks back and had added the finings to clear it, but I tasted the wine the other night and it still tasted fizzy. When you make wine, the reaction of the yeast with the sugar (which turns it into alcohol) also causes air bubbles. Obviously, you have to get these out before you bottle it or it'll be like sour champagne!!
You usually do this by shaking the demijohn many times over a few days, however, I've also got my own method using a drill and a giant plastic spoon with the end cut off....
It makes light work of it to give it a good wizz with a drill!
So, we finally think that this should be enough now. Hopefully, even though this has put us behind schedule with it, we *should* still have a good 18 bottles of wine ready for Christmas.It shouldn't take more than 10 days for the demijohns to clear again, especially now all the gas is (hopefully!) out of the wine!
I think overall we drink more red than white but this time I made two demijohns of a white elderflower and only one red - an elderberry. We both really love the white elderflower though and I'm not really a fan of white wine, but this is really nice.
Each demijohn makes around 6 bottles so this should keep us stocked up for a while! (OK, maybe a week or two!)