So it is a pretty certain thing I’m fighting something off now. I’ve got the mucus of questionable color, and it definitely is exuding itself in a drainage-styled fashion. That, and I started out the day with a mild headache1, but man it’s turned into a monster since then2. At least I am now setup with some lemon/ginger/clove tincture for now, and use that to help ease the throat and system altogether through tomorrow.
In better news, I finally got to checking on the fermenting3 wine in the basement. Apparently it halted itself quite nicely around a S.G. of 0.996 or so (I didn’t do the temperature adjustment). Being that it’s essentially cleared at the moment, I almost wonder if I couldn’t bottle it as is without the last additive packet. I’m sure there’s some necessary components that do need to be added (e.g. some metabisulfite perhaps?), but a quick taste test of the wine seemed pretty good as is! A hint sweeter than I was expecting for a grigio, but we’ll see how that tastes after aging a bit. Now, I just need to muster up the energy to add the clarifying solution and give it another week to do its job before racking the wine into bottles.
1Took a single dose of ibuprofen just to help tame it and any nasal inflammation, hopefully. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any follow up doses and the initial dose wore out mid-afternoon.
2We are talking full double dose (800mg) and it’s barely taming the headache to something more manageable. NOT COOL.
3Or more likely not fermenting; the yeast had nearly completely settled out of the must by the time I got back from my vacation to visit the parents at the beginning of October. It looked pretty apparent the yeast was done doing its job. I was concerned at that point that maybe the wine got a little too dry.
Apparently running in Friday’s (rather) brisk weather is catching back up to me1. Between the heavy exercise load throughout nearly all of last week, and a wretchedly short night of sleep last night, a tickle has been arising in the back of my throat that could not be halted. Like, a tickle turned into a thickish, annoying drainage by the end of the day, and I’ve now consumed three cups of hot tea in an attempt to soothe it all.
The beast does not wish to be tamed…
I pray that I can kick this before it turns into anything more wretched. And on that note, I should likely turn in for the night.
P.S. – Need to purchase fresh ginger, lemons for tincture preparation!
P.P.S. – No attempts at dates or games this week; not sure if I’d be at my finest staving off an URI.
1Not to mention my left knee is still acting up. It does fine at the start of the day, but by the time I’m getting home, it’s popping unnecessarily going up the stairs to the apartment and fairly uncomfortable.