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by frozenthunderbolt
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 68
Views: 20296

Re: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne

you could try racking it and then adding a coupple of campden tablets, then leaving for 24 hours and introducing a yeast starter. If you have more than a few spots of mould though it if probably not worth the risk, + it is fairly likely to taste 'mouldy' sorry.
by frozenthunderbolt
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oak chips
Replies: 14
Views: 2761

Re: Oak chips

Try it and see - there is a brilliant 'Black Books' eppisode that entails using oak leaves to flavour wine 'oaky'. . .
Try it on a bottle, not your whole brew
by frozenthunderbolt
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:51 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

My father has been growing them fro 18?19? years. we have had about 6 fruit total in that time!
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oak chips
Replies: 14
Views: 2761

Re: Oak chips

Oh hell, sorry STOP. You want white oak - red oak contains too much tannin - it will make you wine or spirit bitter and astringent. Next you only want heartwood, not the sap wood on the outside of the trunk and that makes up the majority of the smaller branches. once you have some heart wood, it nee...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: vinegar
Replies: 8
Views: 1535

Re: vinegar

dave45 wrote:Excellent - thanks - just need to find some unpasteurised unfiltered vinegar now :-
generally any cider vinegar with some geddies (floaty bits) in the bottom will work.
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Forgive me Father ............for I have sinned.
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Forgive me Father ............for I have sinned.

Our farther,
who art in garden,
harrowed be thy name,
your wheelbarrow come,
your weeds be done,
our earth it is heaven.
Give us this hay to mulch our bed,
and forgive us our threats,
of using pesticide on our lettuce.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from all gastropod mollusks.
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Racked first wine
Replies: 5
Views: 1604

Re: Racked first wine

dry means it has used all the sugar available. If you leave it the yeast should fall out of suspension and leave a layer on the bottom that you can rack the clear wine away from, this will deal with the yeast taste. IF not to taste the easiest way is to sweeten using sugar SYRUP (1:1 sugar water dis...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Elderflower wine disaster?
Replies: 18
Views: 6148

Re: Elderflower wine disaster?

It could be iron tannate - dark black green colour - elder stems would certainly contain tannin - perhaps your water supply has high levels of iron?
by frozenthunderbolt
Sun May 13, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?

Once it starts plop-plopping you can cold crash it - put it in a fridge for 24-48 hours. afterwards take it out carefully and you will see a layer of dead/inacitve yeast and other sludge on the bottom. Use a hose (clear food grade) to siphon the wine into a second demi-john avoiding splashing it and...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sun May 13, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?
Replies: 9
Views: 2533

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

wulf wrote:Leather instead of rubber?
Wulf
. . . soaked in hot beeswax - would sanitise (for a given value of sanity - i know dunc!) it and add to the seal; wouldnt be as rigid as if soaked in paraffin wax
by frozenthunderbolt
Fri May 11, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?

Once it finishes its vigorous ferment, if there is a drop out of sediment - say in 4-6 weeks, you may want to rack it into a second demi-john and leave it another month or two before bottling.
by frozenthunderbolt
Fri May 11, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Odd bean
Replies: 20
Views: 2958

Re: Odd bean

That ignores the laws of photo-tropic response! waaaack
by frozenthunderbolt
Fri May 11, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: Apple and Elderflower juice , can I make wine?

At worst the sweeteners aren't ferment-able and you end up with a sweet/semisweet wine - if it has no sugar in the nutritional info add 1.2 kg of white sugar and some yeast and put it under air lock. no worries!
by frozenthunderbolt
Mon May 07, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: tis the season to be scything !
Replies: 8
Views: 7395

Re: tis the season to be scything !

I have an austrian pattern one - i'm learning to use it - think i need to peen it a bit to get the blade sharper than it is to get really efficient with it yet though
by frozenthunderbolt
Sun May 06, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Any tips to help back ache.
Replies: 30
Views: 18666

Re: Any tips to help back ache.

book called "fix your own back" gives a great set of exercises to help and strengthen