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by JT101
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 4813

Dig my own clay

So I'm starting to look at storage vessels now. In particular clay storage pots for wine, which are traditionally made of terracotta. But the question is, what type of clay to use to make the pots, and where to dig it up. I'm in South-East London, so in the area or Kent. So far, all the clay I've se...
by JT101
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How to read this soil test kit?
Replies: 5
Views: 3295

How to read this soil test kit?

Hi everyone I have one of the Testwest Soil Testing Kits, but I don't understand the result. I followed the instructions for the pH test using clear liquid that I got once the solid particles had settled, which infact took about 2 days. The colour chart supplied stops at a green 7.5. Mine is a very ...
by JT101
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: How to use a toothstick a.k.a. Miswak / Sewak
Replies: 2
Views: 6019

How to use a toothstick a.k.a. Miswak / Sewak

Hi everyone I'm sure many of you have come across this before. An alternative to plastic toothbrushes, and probably still today the most commonly used tooth cleaning device on the planet But having started with some hazel sticks, I had some questions for anyone with experience of this. Firstly, how ...
by JT101
Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients
Replies: 5
Views: 2541

Re: How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients

Thanks Maggie, but as my posts suggest, natural is not the only thing I'm looking for. What I can be grown in the UK also, so Tea and probably Lemons are out.

If that guy has some British grown additives I may buy his book
by JT101
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients
Replies: 5
Views: 2541

Re: How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients

Well, I've been doing some digging myself and this is what I've come up with so far Nutrient – Maybe replace the shop bought powdered yeast nutrient with either sultanas, yeast extract or malt extract? Citric acid – The obvious substitute would be lemon juice, but given that it’s difficult to grow i...
by JT101
Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients
Replies: 5
Views: 2541

How to add acidity to a wine with natural ingredients

Another brain teaser for you I wonder if in those dusty old french recipe books in a farmhouse somewhere, there is a cheap and cheeful non-precise suggestion for adding acid (tartaric, malic and citric) to wine with local produce? Now tartaric obviously comes from grapes. But adding more grapes won'...
by JT101
Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Re: Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree

My memory is getting terrible. I just looked back at some photos of the trees I picked on a farm near tunbridge, and they had about 7 trunks coming out the base, exactly like mine. They never had a single central trunk. So I guess this is the right way to grow it anyway. Then shape it as it gets a b...
by JT101
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree

Hi everyone I've been lucky enough to be given this hazenut tree. It could be hazelnut or kentish cobnut not sure. But in any case, it's about 1.5m high, and probably 2-3 years old. It came off someone elses allotment plot and I've put it on mine. Another plot holder has some kentish cobs, so pollin...
by JT101
Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Making Parmesan with nettle rennet
Replies: 7
Views: 3346

Re: Making Parmesan with nettle rennet

Just thought I would let you guys know that I've had some in depth discussions with the person I referred to who claimed to have made the parmesan with vegetable and nettle rennet. Well it seems that what he has infact been using was microbial vegetable rennet, which he has very successfully used to...
by JT101
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Making Parmesan with nettle rennet
Replies: 7
Views: 3346

Re: Making Parmesan with nettle rennet

Some really good points.
I need to get to the bottom of the claims made by that person online.
If you boil the leaves in brine to extract the coagulant, why can't you just rinse it in fresh water??
by JT101
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Making Parmesan with nettle rennet
Replies: 7
Views: 3346

Making Parmesan with nettle rennet

Hi everyone I want to make parmesan from locally sourced high welfare standards milk. But I can't accept slaughtering a calf just for the rennet. And no, I don't eat lamb for the same reason. I need to look at vegetable rennet. Of those on offer stinging nettle, purple thistle, melon, knapweed, yaro...
by JT101
Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Oats and other seeds
Replies: 2
Views: 1276

Oats and other seeds

Hi I'm looking for some oat seeds for growing into oats that I can buy over the internet or locally in Bromley, Kent, UK, but not having much luck so far I see a lot of oat grass being sold as cat grass or for juicing on Ebay. Could this be an option? I gather from other posts, you can't trust stuff...
by JT101
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How did the Romans or old French farms dry & store chestnuts
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

Re: How did the Romans or old French farms dry & store chest

Firstly, forget the sand. All that will do is retain any atmospheric moisture and rot your nuts (if you'll pardon the expression) unless you keep the sand dry artificially. Now you need to get rid of the ones which will encourage others to rot and you do that by dumping them into water and chucking...
by JT101
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How did the Romans or old French farms dry & store chestnuts
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

How did the Romans or old French farms dry & store chestnuts

So apart from smoking (I don't particularly want to be burning wood just to dry chestnuts) how did the Romans or other past dynasties, or your typical country french homestead dry chestnuts. I came across a book that said in France, they used to soak in water with a touch of vinegar to kill the weev...
by JT101
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wheat species
Replies: 9
Views: 4201

Re: Wheat species

That's great everyone thanks. Well I've posted more photos "Barley end of July" in that folder. It certainly looks ready now. All fully golden, but still tastes a bit chewy. Get very close I'm sure