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Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:31 pm
by old tree man
Some of the fancy stuff from £25 per bottle i have seen it for £45, daylight robbery when you can make a gallon of your own for £18.

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:44 am
by ina
What - do you distill your own gin? Really?

No - I meant the price for cheap gin that you would use to make sloe gin or so.

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:42 am
by old tree man
:flower: Sorry Ina that's my bad grammar, its really cheap spirits i can buy locally :flower:
mind you i would love to have a go if it was legal !!!! but you can make rice wine and grain fermented whisky, i don't know how good it is i might have a go :wink:

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:48 am
by Green Aura
ina, even the folks that make the craft gins don't distil the alcohol. They buy spirit in, steam the botanicals it, and then either re-distil it or add sugar as a liqueur. (Guess who's just been on a gin tour :wink: :lol:).

Russ, my Dad used to have a recipe called Poor Man's Brandy, which was a wine made from potatoes and I think it had a grain (rice or barley) in it too. Something like this, maybe.

http://www.wine-making-guides.com/potato_wine.html

Not distilled obviously but I seem to remember it was quite potent.

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:09 pm
by old tree man
Thanks for the link it looks a really good recipe, i'm going to try that this week you can never have enough in reserve :shock: :flower:

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:36 pm
by old tree man
That link is great Maggie i got a great recipe for Saki i'm going to try :thumbright: :flower: :flower:

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:08 pm
by ina
Green Aura wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:48 am
ina, even the folks that make the craft gins don't distil the alcohol.
Yeah, I know. But having to buy in the spirit at a minimum of £14 per bottle makes this a very expensive hobby.

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:33 am
by old tree man
That's true Ina but i tend to make the spirit infusions around now for Christmas time as a treat and some prezzies for family, we make hampers for family made up from all home made products that we have done over the year. :flower:

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:19 pm
by ina
I'm "lucky" in a way that I have to make/buy hardly any presents. Few family get calendars (easy to post), even fewer friends mostly get books. Most would rather ignore Christmas (and all that present stress) anyway. So if I make that kind of infusion, I basically "have to" drink it all myself.
But tomorrow I'm getting a kilo of blueberries from work... Yeah, they breed blueberries (and other fruit), so at least we get that relatively cheap!

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:50 pm
by old tree man
:lol: :lol: I must say I struggle I have the urge to drink it all :iconbiggrin:

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:06 am
by ina
old tree man wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:50 pm
:lol: :lol: I must say I struggle I have the urge to drink it all :iconbiggrin:
That would be my struggle, too! :mrgreen: