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by BernardSmith
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The courgette glut
Replies: 4
Views: 58

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: 788

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: 434

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: 788

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: 596

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: 596

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: 596

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...
by BernardSmith
Tue May 29, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: rejuvelac and sour dough starters?
Replies: 5
Views: 596

rejuvelac and sour dough starters?

Has anyone on this forum made a sourdough starter with rejuvelac? Rejuvelac is the name associated with the liquid that comes from the water used to cover sprouting grains (say, wheat berries or quinoa) for two or three days. The water is said to be full of lactic bacteria. Does this in fact work? I...
by BernardSmith
Thu May 17, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6188

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

It's what I've always wanted too, Bernard. It sounds well worthwhile so, despite my earlier misgivings, I think I may give this one a go. Go for it, MKG. If you select Belle Saison Yeast think about fermenting at a slightly higher temperature than you might usually do. BS is the yeast extracted fro...
by BernardSmith
Wed May 16, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6188

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

My wife and I cracked open a bottle of the turnip wine on Friday evening and it was quite delicious. Had pleasant peppery notes (perhaps from the yeast - Belle Saison); good mouthfeel (viscosity: it coated the tongue and palate and did not wash down like water); the alcohol was not "hot" but pleasan...
by BernardSmith
Tue May 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower Champagne!
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Elderflower Champagne!

What is the reason for adding vinegar? I see this in a lot of elderflower wines that are called "elderflower champagne". I make elderflower wine several times a year, it's our favorite wine, but there is never a need to add vinegar to any wine. Is the idea to turn this into vinegar, he said with som...
by BernardSmith
Mon May 14, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

Interestingly, Maggie, this batch of whey wine was made from the whey leftover from a batch of blue cheese. I had used kefir to culture the milk and blue cheese cultures for the P Roqueforti. I never measured the pH but had allowed the milk to ripen at 90F (about 32 C) for 60 minutes and had allowed...
by BernardSmith
Mon May 14, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Whey wine (Blaand)

For those who make their own cheese here's something else you might consider doing with the whey - make a wine. You simply take the leftover whey: what you are looking for is a) the flavor and b) the remaining lactose sugars (which are not fermentable under normal conditions - they are too complex f...
by BernardSmith
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Curiosity/Armageddon
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: Curiosity/Armageddon

I would change channel. In the age of Trump and other neo-fascist and populist disciples of Goebbels and the "big lie" that is an obvious answer, but if we know that the world as we know it is coming to an end that is a very different story. Which story are you asking us to finish? And the truth is ...
by BernardSmith
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Uses for 5 litre plastic water bottles?
Replies: 7
Views: 736

Re: Uses for 5 litre plastic water bottles?

The thing about plastic containers as fermenters (and I make my own wines, meads, ciders, and beers) is that alcohol is not water and the alcohol and acidity of wines (pH can be as low as 2.50 -3.00) and beers can leach chemicals from the plastic and some of those chemicals are known health risks. P...