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by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

Not sure what they cost but there are lots of storage units in NYC that you rent. I would assume that there are similar numerous units throughout London too.
by BernardSmith
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?

I guess I am a little confused by your question and concern, JT101. If you ferment fruit sugars and produce an alcoholic drink such as cider, even at 6% ABV this will naturally keep for months, if not years, as long as the seal on the bottle is good and does not permit the passage of air into the bo...
by BernardSmith
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Please, how do I make Blaand?
Replies: 27
Views: 11619

Re: Please, how do I make Blaand?

Resurrecting this very old thread and while I don't have an authentic recipe for blaand I do make something that must resemble this old crofters wine. (Talk of buttermilk and oak casks seems to me to be focused on the wrong end of the telescope). You make your cheese and you boil the whey that is le...
by BernardSmith
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The courgette glut
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: The courgette glut

Just bottled my courgette (zucchini) wine and got 7+ bottles from about 4 kilo (8 lbs) from 3 very large squash. Wine is straw colored and bright and clear. I back-sweetened this so that it is just off dry (you need to stabilize the wine before you can add any sugar otherwise any viable yeast still ...
by BernardSmith
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Scrumping From Neighbours
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: Scrumping From Neighbours

I agree. The cost of knocking and asking is zero, and the possible benefit is great. What's to lose? ... and an offer of a gift of apple sauce or a bottle or two of cider or apple wine... That's perhaps a win all around.
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: Hoppy mead

OK, so I was able to bottle this mead last night - filled 9 beer bottles worth. Not particularly "bitter" (I had deliberately boiled the hops for only 10 minutes to avoid extracting acids). The hop flavors are good and quite pronounced. I had used Citra and Centennial and I am getting bright fruity ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: Hoppy mead

Good question. I am going to give it a taste this evening before bottling.. Will report back as soon as I can..
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: Hoppy mead

noh... It's only a gallon - Even at one bottle a day that is just a week and a day and not "the next FEW weeks"... so hopefully, the mead -yes, but not the drinker... :dontknow: but yer never know... :oops:
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Hoppy mead

Just started a hoppy mead last night. The recipe: 1 oz Centennial hops 1 oz Citra hops 1.5 lbs (about half a kilo) of clover honey Water to make about 1 US gallon (SG of about 1.058). 1 oz of ginger zest and juice of lemon 1/4 t of nutrient 1/4 t of tannin Yeast: EC 1118 Boiled the water and added h...
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 1462

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

Lemon wine can be very delicious. There is a great recipe for a version called "Skeeter Pee" (skeeter being US slang for the mosquito and pee being pee). This uses a great deal of lemon juice but the original recipe uses lemon concentrate and this is really an adult version of lemonade - VERY drinka...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 1462

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

Great point except the reality is that whey wine does not taste of cheese or milk. The whey is essentially lactic acid with a tiny amount of lactose and lactose is often added to beers when making "milk stout" (does not taste like milk but it is a sugar that most bread/beer/wine making yeast cannot ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 14
Views: 1728

Re: RAIN !!

We had a few days of dreich (cloudy and miserable with a bit of rain) but yesterday the sun came out and it's been glorious. We hadn't realised just how dry everything still was, given the previous weather, but we had to do some serious watering yesterday evening. Everything looks much happier this...
by BernardSmith
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The courgette glut
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: The courgette glut

Courgette wine - (AKA marrow wine - but not the version people tend to think about when they think about "marrow rum" ). Take at least 2 kilo of marrow, chop 'em up and boil them in 1 gallon of water for 20 minutes to which you add about 1 heavy kilo of table sugar (2.5 lbs) and about 1 inch of ging...
by BernardSmith
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Re: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

During active fermentation - which CAN take place in buckets loosely covered with towels to keep out dirt and pets... and kids.. the amount of CO2 expelled is more than enough to create a blanket of gas above the fruit and liquid. When fermentation slows and the gravity is around 1.005 (so still ple...
by BernardSmith
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 1361

Re: Random wine

That is pretty random, I agree. You might make it even more random by adding some vegetables. Depending on what you are growing, carrots, peppers, courgettes, potatoes, squash, melons all can make good wines. Not sure that raisins would give it "a bit more", though folk often toss in a handful of ra...