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Sunny start to September 2015

PostPosted: 2015 Sep 07, 18:56
by Nick Gardner
As with yesterday, another glorious day of unbroken sunshine from dawn until dusk brings the sunshine total for the first seven days of this month to 59 hours, that is 63% of the total possible.

As a comparison the first seven days of August produced only 31 hours of sunshine and that was just 29% of the total possible.

The annual sunshine total now stands at 1425 hours. To this date last year there had been 1475 hours of sunshine, helped by a far sunnier summer than this year. The yearly total ended up at 1960 hours.

A warm day too today with a maximum of 22.2C. This warmth and sunshine are perfect for ripening my grapes and increasing the sugar content. Despite the poor weather from mid-summer onwards this year's grape harvest from my 5 vines will still be a good one (as long as I can keep the wasps away!).

Re: Sunny start to September 2015

PostPosted: 2015 Sep 09, 18:28
by Nick Gardner
Nick Gardner wrote:This warmth and sunshine are perfect for ripening my grapes and increasing the sugar content. Despite the poor weather from mid-summer onwards this year's grape harvest from my 5 vines will still be a good one (as long as I can keep the wasps away!).


3 consecutive days of unbroken sunshine to yesterday then a sunny late morning and afternoon today with a maximum of 20.0°C.

Just picked and crushed the early ripening grapes (enough for only 3 gallons of juice as the wasps ate about 75% of them) and they have suffered from the dull August with a low sugar content. Only enough natural sugar in the juice for an alcohol content up to 8% so I have had to add sugar to reach the desired 12% likely outcome strength. For the last 2 years I have not had to add any sugar so it goes to show the effect of this very dull August (just 145 hours of sunshine).

The later ripening grapes (3 vines) I usually pick end of September or early October nearly always have enough natural sugar in the juice so adding sugar isn't necessary. With about 80 hours of sunshine already this month I suspect I won't have to add any sugar this year either.