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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Marmalade wine

The eagle-eyed amongst you (I'm writing this as if I have readers! Haha!) will have noticed that when I finished making marmalade I had only used two thirds of the fruit. The remaining third was still sitting in water in the wine-making bucket. Now there's an idea!

Hmm, what could I possibly do with all this fruit that happens to be sitting in the wine-making bucket?

The wines I'd tried so far both included lemons as a dominant flavour, so why not go the whole hog and try a citrus wine? Well, it would be better than leaving the fruit to go mouldy, anyway. So, I topped up the water in the bucket, added a bag of sugar (much less sugar needed for wine than jam) and a teaspoonful of yeast, and left it for a few days in the airing cupboard. That yeast really is getting old - it should start bubbling in about 24 hours, but this took three days. I must get some more - maybe I'll even get some wine yeast.

Once I could see signs of bubbles, I strained the mixture into sterilised bottles and applied the balloon airlocks. The unfermented liquid has the distinctive bittersweet tang of marmalade, so I think this is going to make an 'interesting' wine. I'll let you know...

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