I lucked out on a kijiji ad. 4 more glass carboys, lots of bottles, bottle tree, a filtering machine, hydrometer, thermometer, corks, foil caps, hoses, racking cane. The ad said everything you need to get started and they were not kidding. I think the only thing I'm missing now is a bottle brush. And a place to store all of this stuff.
So, obviously I need to start more wine.
Elderberries are the obvious choice. Obvious, because my primary goal in wine making is to make sustainable table wines to replace the soda pop consumption here. Elderberries are the only local fruit I have in sufficient quantity at the moment. Except they're buried at the bottom of a very overstuffed freezer... I'm not sure I'm up to digging through that with only 4 days left 'til Christmas.
Second choice is pumpkin. I've been reading recipes, recipes, recipes, recipes, and thinking that this might be an excellent treat around Thanksgiving. It does take a few years though, lol. I'm not sure if I have the patience for that. I mean, someday, when I have an assortment of wines in the cellar, but right now? I think I may need something a bit quicker. I do have pumpkins in the cold room though (a friend gave me a couple she bought for Hallowe'en decorations, and the monster squash from the greenhouse).
I'm also tempted to make apple wine, since apple juice has been on sale repeatedly for 93¢ a can. It's also a quick wine- drinkable at bottling, better aged 1 year. Apples may never be sustainable for me though. If I make it, and we like it, I may be committing myself to an unsustainable practice. But then, I've already done that with the peach, haven't I?
I think I can do three batches at a time- that is to say, I think the buffet cabinet the peach wine is sitting on is strong enough to hold 3 carboys at a time. I'd have to rearrange the house somewhat to find a suitable place for the other two carboys.
And some folks might be inclined to think I've lost my mind if I had 5 carboys bubbling away all at once...