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by BernardSmith
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Scrumping From Neighbours
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Scrumping From Neighbours

I agree. The cost of knocking and asking is zero, and the possible benefit is great. What's to lose? ... and an offer of a gift of apple sauce or a bottle or two of cider or apple wine... That's perhaps a win all around.
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Hoppy mead

OK, so I was able to bottle this mead last night - filled 9 beer bottles worth. Not particularly "bitter" (I had deliberately boiled the hops for only 10 minutes to avoid extracting acids). The hop flavors are good and quite pronounced. I had used Citra and Centennial and I am getting bright fruity ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Hoppy mead

Good question. I am going to give it a taste this evening before bottling.. Will report back as soon as I can..
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Hoppy mead

noh... It's only a gallon - Even at one bottle a day that is just a week and a day and not "the next FEW weeks"... so hopefully, the mead -yes, but not the drinker... :dontknow: but yer never know... :oops:
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Hoppy mead

Just started a hoppy mead last night. The recipe: 1 oz Centennial hops 1 oz Citra hops 1.5 lbs (about half a kilo) of clover honey Water to make about 1 US gallon (SG of about 1.058). 1 oz of ginger zest and juice of lemon 1/4 t of nutrient 1/4 t of tannin Yeast: EC 1118 Boiled the water and added h...
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

Lemon wine can be very delicious. There is a great recipe for a version called "Skeeter Pee" (skeeter being US slang for the mosquito and pee being pee). This uses a great deal of lemon juice but the original recipe uses lemon concentrate and this is really an adult version of lemonade - VERY drinka...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

Great point except the reality is that whey wine does not taste of cheese or milk. The whey is essentially lactic acid with a tiny amount of lactose and lactose is often added to beers when making "milk stout" (does not taste like milk but it is a sugar that most bread/beer/wine making yeast cannot ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: RAIN !!

We had a few days of dreich (cloudy and miserable with a bit of rain) but yesterday the sun came out and it's been glorious. We hadn't realised just how dry everything still was, given the previous weather, but we had to do some serious watering yesterday evening. Everything looks much happier this...
by BernardSmith
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The courgette glut
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: The courgette glut

Courgette wine - (AKA marrow wine - but not the version people tend to think about when they think about "marrow rum" ). Take at least 2 kilo of marrow, chop 'em up and boil them in 1 gallon of water for 20 minutes to which you add about 1 heavy kilo of table sugar (2.5 lbs) and about 1 inch of ging...
by BernardSmith
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1498

Re: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

During active fermentation - which CAN take place in buckets loosely covered with towels to keep out dirt and pets... and kids.. the amount of CO2 expelled is more than enough to create a blanket of gas above the fruit and liquid. When fermentation slows and the gravity is around 1.005 (so still ple...
by BernardSmith
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Re: Random wine

That is pretty random, I agree. You might make it even more random by adding some vegetables. Depending on what you are growing, carrots, peppers, courgettes, potatoes, squash, melons all can make good wines. Not sure that raisins would give it "a bit more", though folk often toss in a handful of ra...
by BernardSmith
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1498

Re: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

So here's the secret, unless you are brewing beer the primary fermenter used for wine making does not need to be sealed. There is enough CO2 produced by the yeast to prevent any bacteria or other spoilage microbes from the air getting their way into the wine. All you need to do is cover the mouth wi...
by BernardSmith
Wed May 30, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?

Truth be told I am more interested in using the lacto bacilli in my mead making to "sour" the meads a little and so provide additional complexity to my session meads (low alcohol meads - that use about 1 - 1.5 lbs of honey (about .5 kg) in every 4 liters (1 US gallon) than baking anything other than...
by BernardSmith
Tue May 29, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?

Three lovely blogs although my interest was really only in the first one.
by BernardSmith
Tue May 29, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?

Thanks Maggie. Will check out your blog. Curiously, while I make my own cheese, my own bread and my own wines I have never been able to capture free floating bacteria or yeast in any numbers that have effectively created a starter. I guess, then, I am not looking for a quick start with this merely a...