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by BernardSmith
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Tidying up with ...

But I think this conversation highlights the fact that today we have so much "stuff" in our lives. Sure some "stuff" might come in useful who knows when . Other "stuff" we get so attached to that even when it is so battered to be almost useless we still cannot stomach the idea of recycling or cannib...
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Our new world diet?

Both your argument, Odsox, and Weedo's cannot be dismissed and need to engaged with but the key point, I think is that our present approach is fundamentally unsustainable given the need to feed the population of the world we have; given the rate at which this population reproduces; given our increas...
by BernardSmith
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Our new world diet?

I guess my reading of the report is very different from yours. It suggests that a sustainable diet for the population of our planet is to move away from meat and to move to legumes and grains. You want to focus on rice.. that's your call but grains and legumes is the key, not specifically rice and i...
by BernardSmith
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

I was thinking more like companies like CubeSmart (I have no connection with them - other than passing one when I travel from the Bronx to Manhattan) https://www.cubesmart.com/new-york-self ... f-storage/
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 878

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: 1429

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: 12550

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: 2037

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: 722

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: 2133

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: 2133

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: 2133

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: 2133

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: 1877

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: 1877

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 ...