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by elfcurry
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 937

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

I really wouldn't want to spend time, effort or ... ANYTHING doing that. I just don't want wine tasting of dairy or animal products. As an ... umm.... 'interesting' experiment, if you're REALLY bored and just wonder whether it's possible, I suppose there might be something tiny merit but it's not fo...
by elfcurry
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

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

MKG, thanks for saying that. I didn't quite get from Bernard that the seal isn't as much an absolute requirement as I'd thought, for the complete fermentation - is that right? As a worrier though, I'd still be anxious about when it becomes important not to allow oxygen to enter. With an airlock you ...
by elfcurry
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

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

Thanks all for your thoughts and ideas. Green Aura: he was extremely apologetic and offered to buy me some wine but I decided it wasn't replaceable, it was the time and effort I'd lost and commercial wine would be no recompense. Though I was very disappointed, it wasn't the only blackberry wine I ma...
by elfcurry
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

I have two demijohns* which leak around the bung. I tried different bungs, tried pushing the bung in tighter and making sure it's moist but the glugging soon comes to a stop, a sure sign it's not sealed. Can they be redeemed somehow or should they be thrown out? If no fix is available, can they be r...
by elfcurry
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 3330

Re: How long to keep wine?

I've had mixed success over the years with fruit (non-grape) wines but it nearly always turns out at least pleasant and drinkable and a fair proportion is very pleasant indeed. Sometimes I've made some and found it disappointing, then put it aside and tried it again a couple of months later only to ...
by elfcurry
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Blackcurrants and gooseberries, oh my
Replies: 8
Views: 2593

Re: Blackcurrants and gooseberries, oh my

What happened? How many gallons did you make with how fruit in each and how did it turn out? I've made both blackcurrant and gooseberry wines a few times and certainly the former received some very positive comments and I've enjoyed the latter except for the first attempt My main mistake on my first...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Plum Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 1610

Re: Plum Wine

I'd say first check the weight of the fruit you have, you may have enough. The plum wine recipe I use recommends 4lb (1.8kg) for a gallon but I have one fermenting now with only 3 1/4 lb plums and it's tasting reasonably 'normal' tonight. I've never really done mixed fruit wine so can't say what's b...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 98966

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

2 gallons of blackberry 1 gallon of 'plum' (graveyard mix)* 1 gallon of blackcurrant I still have a gallon of raspberry, some lemon and sultana, and a couple of bottles of 'gooseberry champagne' in old-style pressure lemonade bottles. *I found a churchyard in a nearby village with a couple of trees ...
by elfcurry
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Freezing runner beans
Replies: 5
Views: 1073

Re: Freezing runner beans

I agree: don't blanch. (funny word)

I'm sure I used to blanch them years ago but they were always disappointing (soft) when thawed.
Now I don't wash them, just slice and put them in bags or plastic boxes and they're much better.
by elfcurry
Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: What to do with plums?
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Re: What to do with plums?

What to do with them?

Plum Wine! :drunken:
by elfcurry
Mon May 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Walnut liqueur
Replies: 9
Views: 3146

Re: Walnut liqueur

I *bought* a bottle of walnut liqueur many years ago with my left-over Lire at an Italian airport. It was smooth but I could never really say I liked it much. People who tried it didn't hate it but didn't want a second helping.

If you do try doing this, I'd be interested to hear how yours does.
by elfcurry
Sun May 03, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Collecting items to reuse
Replies: 28
Views: 3487

Re: Collecting items to reuse

I was wondering today whether it's usual for people who lean towards greenness to have houses full of cr*p which just might come in useful at some point in the future.

Mine certainly is and it's because I can't throw out something which I think might come in useful.
by elfcurry
Sat May 02, 2009 11:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Dumpster diving!
Replies: 12
Views: 3376

Re: Dumpster diving!

If the police are interested in catching people stealing what someone throws out, their priorities are wrong! Can you imagine the desk sergeant answering a 999 call and saying "well it may be against your company policy but we have genuine calls to deal with, involving crimes of violence and propert...
by elfcurry
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: ceramic tiles
Replies: 2
Views: 862

ceramic tiles

I have several square metres worth from the bathroom and I'm not sure what to do with them. A lot are broken but many are not. I've already chucked out some in small pieces. They still have tile adhesive so quite rough. Can I use them in cement mix for a clothes post hole? I suppose they might be us...
by elfcurry
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: No apostrophes!
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: No apostrophes!

It's amazing how you can't think of a sentence involving apostrophes when you need one... Other folk's aren't so fussy - they just spread apostrophe's around indiscriminately... :wink: What? Three times as many as there should be? You'll wear it out. :tongue: I've definitely had this odd behaviour ...