Saturday, August 6, 2011
Last month, I started making my own wine from home grown currant berries. I measured the yeast's progress today. It's almost fermented out. Of course, I tasted it. It definitely needs to mellow. But wow! Three more months and I'll bottle it. Then maybe six more months before it's drinkable.
I have two Red Lake currant bushes in our garden. Each produces about 15 lbs of fruit each year. They have been in the ground about 5 years now. I do have a aphid problem, but they only suck the sap out of new leaves. I don't notice any adverse affects on the berries or the bushes. In fact, I my lady bug population has been growing - probably a result of the the aphids.
I have also seen raccoon scat around the bushes this year. I can't tell if it's eating my berries or the mulberry trees in our area. The seeds look the same. Ahem.