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by BernardSmith
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: attaching a photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: attaching a photo?

Ah... Many thanks. Will try this.
by BernardSmith
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: attaching a photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

attaching a photo?

Is there a way I can attach a photo? I had contributed to a thread dealing with turnip wine and I wanted - if possible - to attach a photo of this wine showing how well it had cleared..But if I can't, I can't.
Thanks
by BernardSmith
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Unwanted presents?!
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Re: Unwanted presents?!

Well - good luck with your new job - and I hope that 2018 brings you better fortune and more peace of mind and tranquility than 2017 seems to have brought you.
by BernardSmith
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Unwanted presents?!
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Re: Unwanted presents?!

apologies if this suggestion is unwanted - and it is not about the unwanted gift... but one of the best ways IMO, to deal with certain kinds of depression (that are not totally debilitating) is to see if you can offer any help to those whose needs may be greater than your own. You say that there is ...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

In the US "curd cheese" is a hard cheese. The Canadians use it for a dish they call "poutine" (we are kosher vegetarians so poutine is not something that we eat although I might make a seitan version of this - I include this URL so that you can get a sense of the curds in curd cheese. It is not a so...
by BernardSmith
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

Hi Green Aura - thanks for your post. Truth is I have not added double cream to this and in fact I just made a batch last night, for my wife who loves this, and I made it using fat free milk. But curd cheese is a rennet cheese - so while it does not need to be aged and in fact the "squeaky" curd tex...
by BernardSmith
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6789

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Born in Scotland and grew up in Glasgow but lived for five years in Aberdeen.. so I am familiar with neeps. We called what I now call a rutabaga a turnip and for my family a turnip was a neep although I don't think we ever used that word ourselves although when we read it we "knew" it was the large ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6789

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Hi MKG - and thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. In fact I started this wine last night with 5 lbs of rutabaga (I know this vegetable as turnip although in the states they call the small yellow root "turnip". Despite the apparent number of awards Keller's site suggests his wines have won I f...
by BernardSmith
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6789

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Apologies for coming to this thread late in the day but all the talk of disastrous wines made from vegetables suggests to me more about problems with wine making processes than with the raw materials themselves. Now, it is possible that turnips (or swedes or rutabagas) don't make great wines but wha...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Marrow Rum
Replies: 84
Views: 75522

Re: Marrow Rum

I am looking for that prize coz, I gotta say that I made some marrow wine (based on this discussion) and bottled it a couple (or more) weeks ago. Got three 750 cc bottles and a 350 cc beer bottle of this wine. Beautifully clear. Back sweetened a little and the flavor is quite , quite delicious. Woul...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

If you are interested in making your own cheese from even store bought milk (cannot have been ultra -pasteurized) then this recipe does not involve any very special equipment and does not take more than a few hours to make (much of the time does not involve any work on your part). The measurements a...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2394

Re: Food waste

But "best before" dates does not mean that the food is spoiled or should be trashed... That people refuse to buy such products is a cultural artifact...
by BernardSmith
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast
Replies: 0
Views: 1301

mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast

If you are interested in a low cost , low alcohol mead (honey wine) you might consider this: you can make a low alcohol mead (about 5% ABV) by taking about 1lb (500 g) of raw honey and mixing this with about 1 gallon (4-5 l) of water to which you add perhaps a teaspoon of boiled bread yeast (for nut...
by BernardSmith
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: alcoholic fruit flies
Replies: 5
Views: 1800

Re: alcoholic fruit flies

Late to this party, I know, but one way to get rid of fruit flies is to fill a small glass with vinegar and add a few drops of liquid soap. The vinegar attracts the flies and the soap ensures that the surface tension of the liquid is non existent. Flies that then land to take a sip slip below the su...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Re: Hopless Ale

No argument from me about the questionable nature of the pyscho-activity of any of the herbs involved in gruit but if you read the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner (and it is a fascinating work, IMO) he does suggest that it was not just the wormwood that added some addit...