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by Scrake
Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:14 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: what home brew have you got on the go at the mo?
Replies: 61
Views: 14155

Fermenting atm: * 9 gal or so of cider * 6 gal of apple wine * 6 gal of ginger and apple wine (last two are experimental, labelled as Witches Brew :lol: ) Maturing atm: 1 gal coffee wine (black as sin and about 6 months old) 1 gal red grape wine (M&S fresh grape juice, again about 6 months old)
by Scrake
Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Help with suggestions on removing glue from jars!
Replies: 23
Views: 7804

Someone over at Metafilter had a similar problem:

http://ask.metafilter.com/58306/How-to- ... in-bottles


I tried the cooking oil + scrubby pad method as suggested there, and found it was very effective on the really stubborn jar labels.
by Scrake
Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Coffee Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 2080

Many thanks for the advice!
by Scrake
Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Knitting!
Replies: 53
Views: 19212

What a beautiful bag, funkypixie! I love Noro, but try to avoid temptation as it is quite expensive*. The colours make it worth it though! What colourway of Kuryeon? To bring this back to the selfsufficient direction, has anyone here tried spinning? A friend of mine who is an archaeologist got to tr...
by Scrake
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Knitting!
Replies: 53
Views: 19212

Fee Fairy - garter stitch scarves have their own charm: I keep one on the needles nearly always, alongside more involved projects (am making a knitted waistcoat for my father at the moment, taking ages but I think he'll like it) The Yarn Harlot has a recipe for a chunky garter stitch scarf, but it's...
by Scrake
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Coffee Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 2080

Hi 9ball, SG is 0.996, and the 19% I mentioned is our estimated final alcohol (as calculated here: http://www.rooftopbrew.net/abv_calculator.php ) On tasting a sample, the wine is definitely dry, which wasn't quite what we intended (hoped to make a sort of liquer-style sipping drink) but that's okay...
by Scrake
Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Well, I'm off!
Replies: 16
Views: 3631

I've added you, hope that's okay!
by Scrake
Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Coffee Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 2080

Coffee Wine

Hi peeps, Back for more brewing advice after Stonehead's recipe for cider gave us a taste of how rewarding homebrewing can be. We found a coffee wine recipe somewhere on SSish forums and gave it a go. Our demijohn full seems to have stopped fermenting now and if I believe our newly acquired hydromet...
by Scrake
Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Knitting!
Replies: 53
Views: 19212

AnnPan - Knitty.com and Magknits.com both have very nice free patterns (and the archives for both are extensive) As with all free things, there are some absolute oddities, but in general each issue of Knitty will have at least a couple of things I'd like to make. Alas, I knit veeeeery slooooowly so ...
by Scrake
Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Getting to know you...
Replies: 66
Views: 18886

What nickname did you have as a kid? Psycho Tomato (because I tended towards tantrums!) What did you want to be when you were "all growed up"? A doctor or scientist What do you do for work now? Still a student! Six years so far studying Engineering Who introduced you to Selfsufficientish thinking? ...
by Scrake
Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 health uses for kitchen herbs
Replies: 15
Views: 6061

Parsley tea

Good strong parsley tea is useful for starting your period. Helpful as an aid to scheduling / stopping worry over lateness etc. Probably a very bad idea if you are preggers though (for obvious reasons).
by Scrake
Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What will really happen when the sea rises
Replies: 21
Views: 5809

Joe, that map is indeed scary. I have a medium term plan to move out of the city to somewhere higher, but may be in for a wetting. Does anybody know if cities with weirs on their rivers will do any better? Belfast has the Lagan Weir which claims it can help protect the city in the event of flooding....
by Scrake
Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cidermaking on a student budget
Replies: 12
Views: 4590

bottling time :-)

http://www.bratflat.net/cider/juicingapples.jpg We juiced using a domestic juicer (bargain on ebay for a fiver) http://www.bratflat.net/cider/before.jpg Day 1: Very brown and ugly http://www.bratflat.net/cider/after.jpg Day 21: Clear and tasty We made eight Grolsch bottles full, and hopefully they'...
by Scrake
Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for a pair of old tights/stockings
Replies: 40
Views: 37834

If the tights only have ladders in one leg, cut off that leg. Save your unladdered halves, and match up two and wear them together (you get two unladdered legs that way)
by Scrake
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:36 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 ways to recycle computer monitors
Replies: 15
Views: 8176

9. See if your local college or University wants them. We quite often are short of old VGA monitors in the lab (they are used for students to learn on, and for machines that don't need a high-resolution display) 10. Turn them into a rubbish bin (looks a bit dangerous) http://doodlepost.com/archives/...