Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Sunday 13 April 2008

Racking off the Wine!

Today compostman and I racked off the home made Damson and the Victoria wine which was started back in August last year.

We had 3 demijohns of each fruit wine which needed syphoning into clean, sterile demijohns, leaving behind all the sediment and yeasty stuff. So all the equipment was sterilised with Camden tablets made into a solution and swilled around or through everything. I DON'T want this wine to spoil at this late stage!! Here is a clean demijohn filling slowly with Damson wine. Its good, but needs a few months more to be ready to drink really.

And here is the results of this afternoon's hard work ( Hic!! well I had to test every demijohn to make sure it was not off, didn't I??)

Washing up time!

The Victoria wine is WONDERFUL!..It tastes like Port, but without being ruby red, if you see what I mean!!

Next task is to do the same to 50 litres of Cider.....!

I really love the fact that we make stuff like this, I LOVE being more self sufficient and growing and making food and drink. I feel happiest when we have lots of Jams, Chutenys, Wines, candles, soaps amd such like, all made by us. I also feel good when I see lots of compostman's home made bread and cakes, and meat from 10 miles away in the fridge, and so on.

I honestly feel that with Peak Oil either coming or having been reached we HAVE to learn to be more self sufficient and self relient ( if we can), but at the same time foster an increased sense of community so we can also share our skills and resources with our neighbours if TSHTF........

Hmmm drinking home made wine makes me philosophical, obviously!


  1. I've not seen the plastic demijohns before, can you store your wine in these permanently?

  2. Hi there!!

    Apparently you can...I am not sure I would leave the wine in there when it had finished..( but then I suspect most of it will go pretty quickly, anyway!!)

    We got these because I couldn't find ANY glass ones a the time..not in charity shops, not on freecycle..not even in our local friendly " stock all winemaking stuff" shop...but they DID have lots of these plastic ones....

    Oh and 5 L water containers are the same thing, but the top has no hole pre drilled to take the air lock!!

    Thanks for linking to my blog BTW..:-)

  3. Oh I meant to say..will be putting the wine into glass bottles when it is done.

  4. Wow! This looks fantastic!
    I love the labelling part of my chutney making. We have a village harvest auction each year and I love getting all the products looking at their best.

    A great result and yes, so rewarding!


  5. Oh my this looks very good. I like mine a bit on the sweet side


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