Update; 7th November, I strained my two bottles through the coffee filters which removes any residue of fruit pulp, and results in a lovely clear Sloe Gin. After a bottle slipping out of my hands and covering me, and the kitchen floor, in pink sticky gin, I still managed to have 1 .1/3 litres of Sloe gin decanted and safe( probably would have been 1 .1/2) if all had gone to plan. During the filtering I went through about 5 coffee filters in the process, wet them with water before pouring the gin through. By pouring out the gin slowly, most of the sloes will stay behind, jammed in the bottles, you can then shake them out 'childs money box style' to clear the bottles. Once washed you can pour the decanted gin back into the bottles. I have it on good authority this year's Sloe Gin is definately up to standard, so I had better hide the full bottle, for Christmas.
A word of caution, if you have never partaken of homemade Sloe Gin before, it is nothing like Sloe Wine or Sloe Gin you can buy,..in strength or taste.
Its really just neat fruit flavoured Gin, so small tot glasses is the order of the day for drinking.