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by JT101
Tue May 22, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polythene - white or clear
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Polythene - white or clear

Should I use clear or white polythene for tomato & bell pepper growing, which will be the main crops in my greenhouse. Also, which would be best for general purpose seedling growing until the plants are ready to put out. I'm growing virtually everything you could think of, so the best generic produc...
by JT101
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?
Replies: 9
Views: 2898

Re: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?

All excellent points. You could use flax or hemp fibre and petrolium jelly (vaseline) as a seal for swing top bottles, it lends itself to being wrapped tightly and is used by plumbers for sealing the gland nut on taps. If it works there, I can't see why it won't work on a bottle. Vaseline won't impa...
by JT101
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?
Replies: 9
Views: 2898

How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?

Current method for sealing beer bottles is either the crown cap ( a metal cap with a plastic seal incorporated), a cork with metal wire cage to hold in place, or a swing top stopper like on a Grolsch bottle with a rubber seal. Back in the day i.e. early egyptian times they used to use wood and oil s...
by JT101
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: LED Lightbulbs
Replies: 11
Views: 10913

LED Lightbulbs

Just received my new LED lightbulb in the post and am very pleased. Figured not many people have these yet, so check out the future of home lighting on my blog: http://www.thebreadcrumbtrail.org/archives/907 Here's a summary: I’m happy with my new LED bulb, and only replaced my CFL since it actually...
by JT101
Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Cost of solar PV?
Replies: 3
Views: 1976

Cost of solar PV?

What sort of price should I be looking at for solar PV 4kW system? All the quotes online I've seen were in the region £15-£18k. But I've seen talk of as low as £10k. I've even seen a guy who seems to be an installer break it down as follows: "21p is still a bloated rate. I install a 3.96 Sharp panel...
by JT101
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Watery Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 2326

Re: Watery Cider

I would prepare your blackberries, do the initial fermenting in the bucket thing, strain, and when you add the strained must to the demi john add the apple juice aswell.

Now, back to my watery cider. Any advice anyone?????
by JT101
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Vinegar Au Naturel
Replies: 28
Views: 5333

Re: Vinegar Au Naturel

Thanks Dunc. All your expertise is much appreciated. As you know, I'm keen on the simplistic approach, so this means I can do the reb cabbage thing without having to buy many chemicals to test the percentage. Just baking soda I think, according to that link above. Almost completely self sufficient. ...
by JT101
Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Watery Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 2326

Re: Watery Cider

It's not recommended as the more air you have in the demi john, the more chance of bacteria contaminating the wine.

If I were you, I would top up with apple juice. Apple and blackberry wine is very nice. Infact, you can buy 1/2 demi johns.
by JT101
Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Vinegar Au Naturel
Replies: 28
Views: 5333

Re: Vinegar Au Naturel

I've been reading over this for the past couple of days, and it's finally clicked. I was getting mixed up between all the terms such as acetic acid, titrable acidity, etc I would ideally test for percentage acidity AND pH for pickling purposes! Must be >5% acidity, and <4.6pH. Is it important to mea...
by JT101
Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Moving country to be self sufficient
Replies: 62
Views: 16058

Re: Moving country to be self sufficient

Really good luck to you. Can't say anymore than that. Seems you've got it nailed.
by JT101
Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?

Thanks MKG. That clears that up. Sounds like it's all ok.
by JT101
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Watery Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 2326

Watery Cider

I am having problems with my wine, but I thought it best to divide this up as it might be a seperate issue. I'm making hard cider. I put the apple must in a sterilised bucket. A few days later I strained it to remove the pulp and added cider yeast. It was fermenting nicely, then I put it in a demijo...
by JT101
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?

Hi Mike Thanks for the response. I'm unlikely to see them anytime soon, but I'll try and remember to ask them. From what I can remember, they said if anything's going to turn the wine bad it'll be at the top or the bottom i.e. the air gap, or the accumulated stuff at the bottom. And I just dug up a ...
by JT101
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Internal wall insulation
Replies: 9
Views: 5336

Re: Internal wall insulation

Looking back on my original question I realise what a newbie I was and how much I've learned since then. In answer to plumbers question, ideally I'd have both. But being an end of terrace house, taking space from the alleyway is tricky. Plus I can't afford it at the moment. I ended up using phenolic...
by JT101
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: Wine fermentation stuck. Boil or campden tablets?

About 5 weeks before I racked them. Everyone as you know, seems to have a different opinion on how to make wine. I did it when I felt sufficient sediment had settled at the bottom. The wine group I normally go to, racks it much sooner and they have no problems. Are you suggesting you don't rack them...