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by BernardSmith
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: no worms in my raised beds
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

no worms in my raised beds

It's winter here in Upstate NY and I just added some compost to my two vegetable beds. I removed about 5 -6 inches of dirt and added the compost and then replaced the soil I removed. No problem... except that I did not find a single earthworm. So two questions: 1. In winter do earthworms bury themse...
by BernardSmith
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: How long to keep wine?

I don't think fruit wines should deteriorate after a year, though how long they improve and then maintain their quality may depend on two or three things - 1, the amount of alcohol in the wine: a wine with about 5 % ABV (alcohol by volume) will deteriorate far more quickly than a wine with an ABV of...
by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: How long to keep wine?

:iconbiggrin: Ha! It sounds far more complex than it is. If brewing your own beer takes about 4 hours or more then making wine takes about 30 minutes -maximum. And unless you are making wine from flowers there is no heat required - so no unnecessary use of energy. And no need to use water to cool do...
by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: How long to keep wine?

I don't make wine from grapes but from all other fruit, so you can take what I am about to say with a pinch - or a handful - of salt. Table grapes are not the same as wine grapes. You can make wine from them but they have very different sugar content and have very different pH and the TA will be ver...
by BernardSmith
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: How long to keep wine?

Hi Odsox, I have been making wines and meads and ciders for a number of years - and have even won some medals for them. In my opinion home made wine should not taste manky. The taste may have something to do with the recipe you are using and/or the protocols you are following. If you post me one of ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cheese
Replies: 6
Views: 1438

Re: cheese

Apologies for resurrecting this thread but I have been making cheese only since May and get about 1/2 kg (1 lb ) of hard cheese from a gallon of milk (about 4L), whether raw or store bought, whether pasteurized or acquired from colleagues. Not a huge amount but certainly not an amount to be dismisse...
by BernardSmith
Thu May 05, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would you buy this
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Would you buy this

I think the answer is what price are the folk you are looking to sell to buy their pants and t-shirts for and the answer to that is perhaps to look at the local stores in your neck of the woods and see what they sell t-shirts and pants for? You will need to make your t-s and pants for the same price...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 4753

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks Brewtrog. You have more or less convinced me that if it ain't broke , don't fix it :sunny: and as my elderflower wine is a favorite of my family and friends I am not going to be risking contaminating my wine making equipment with the addition of vinegar. If the elderflower wine needs an acid ...
by BernardSmith
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 4753

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Hmm.. so the secret is rice... Gotta try that. Thanks
by BernardSmith
Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 4753

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks Brewtrog, Not wanting to hijack my own post here but I also find cultivating wild yeast for sourdough never an easy task. I suspect that the problem is that the pH of the dough is often insufficiently low for yeast to reproduce but sufficiently high for other bacteria to volunteer and create ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 4753

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks for these quick responses but if the idea of adding acidity was what under girded the use of vinegar then most of the folk recipes also suggest the addition of lemon juice (see for example: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/242620/elderflower-champagne). But more to the point on May 23 2011 ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 4753

elderflower wine (or champagne)...

First post here. :wave: I brew beer, make wine, have begun to make my own cheese (using kefir as the culture) so I have some familiarity with fermentation. At least once a year I make a batch of elder flower wine and I am curious. I see that many traditional recipes call for the addition of vinegar,...

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