It had all looked so easy. The recipe for the scrumpy said chop up some ginger, squeeze four lemons (I had two and a half, but hey, who’s counting?). Then add a kilo of sugar. Then add the strained apple juice to the mixture. I had carefully sterilised a fruit strainer (for making jam) and this was the mixture, ready to go and looking good. I had carefully sterilised two jugs and another tub to move things in to as well. I looked very organised when I got to the filtering stage, but as you can see, it all went a little pear shaped. Thankfully my wife ran to the rescue and I mopped the floor afterwards with a slightly embarrassed expression on my face.
(It was my intention to taste the blummin’ stuff at some point before putting it away to ferment, but I was in such high dudgeon that I forgot. I’ll just be patient…)