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by elfcurry
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 18
Views: 1066

Re: The cellar !!

Weedo "what is the difference between cider an apple wine?" I've often wondered this too; I'm sure someone will enlighten us. Two Years? Two Years!!?? They must be kidding. I have had some which seem not very nice but I haven't immediately thrown away. Then I come back and taste again a month later...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

Weedo - thanks for your explanation. I find facts supported with numbers do help put things in perspective. I didn't think I was at much risk but I feel more relaxed about it now. You reminded me that I have some very old plum jam which I was given when a friend's mother died. He didn't like plum j...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

old tree man - I hadn't considered elderberry mostly because they look so small you must need a lot and I don't know where to get them. I was out for a walk two weekends ago with a group and someone pointed them out. I was slightly surprised to see their dark/black colour as they aren't familiar to...
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

old tree man - I've made what I call Blackberry wine for a few years and as I pick them in hedgerows I assume that's what you (less pretentiously) call bramble wine. Last year I made 5 gallons but none of it was as wonderful (by a long way) as what I made in the two previous years. I still have some...
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

Thanks Maggie the stones were unmolested, so that gives me some comfort - and I won't blame you.

(Yes, I could and should find out but I thought I'd ask here.)

I'm off to transfer to the jar, during which I'll sample it. If you don't hear from me ....
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

I have an urgent enquiry. I've been making plum wine for some years now and some of it was really nice and some just better than ok. Several years ago I planted a damson tree to ensure supplies and last year was the first time I had enough fruit to make a gallon. This year I started the first gallon...
by elfcurry
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 42
Views: 3398

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Courgettes, runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, plums, rhubarb
by elfcurry
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: Country Wines

Home country wines can be good or bad but if you control your 'process' you can mostly avoid problems and it can be very rewarding. I want to encourage people who've had failures perhaps by recommending a simple recipe and keeping in touch to see how it works out. I'm in a rush now but thanks, esp B...
by elfcurry
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Country Wines

[I count 'Country Wines' as wine (fermented beverage) from fruit or vegetable matter and for this thread I'd like to discuss wine from grown, bought or foraged fruit and veg and steer away from wine kits. I don't think wine from grapes counts as I see 'country' is what distinguishes it from 'ordinar...
by elfcurry
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 4994

Re: Random wine

Here in Dorset, we've had very dry weather for many weeks until two weekends ago when I went camping at Larmer Tree Festival, when it was very wet for two days and a heavy downpour once or twice since. The lack of rain must have dented the crop but I expect the Autumn raspberries will produce a few ...
by elfcurry
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 4994

Re: Random wine

My main uses for raspberries is wine and jam. The last couple of years, I made a couple of gallons of wine and no jam but I may make some when I get more fruit. Actually, I prefer my other wines but most people who try it like it more than, or at least as much as the others. It's quite pleasant and ...
by elfcurry
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 4994

Re: Random wine

One year on, has anyone made any more wine from 'a bit of this and a bit of that'? The only experimental mixture I recall was Plum and Apricot which turned out very nice the first time and fairly good the second. I've never tried tea, or any veg, though I should. Next time I see parsnips I may get s...
by elfcurry
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

Re: growing potatoes

The way I understood it Bernard, you get a grow bag about 3 feet long, cut it in half so you have 2 parts 18" long, stand them on end and you have 2 planters 18" deep. The confusing part (I think) is Elfcurry only cuts one side in half, so you end up with 2 planters 18" deep, but still joined on on...
by elfcurry
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

Re: growing potatoes

I've heard of people using a grow-bag cut in half. Imagine the bag flat on the ground in front of you; make a cut through the upper surface half-way along (ie divide across the short axis) leaving the underside intact to keep the halves together. Lift up the (cut) middle and readjust the contents so...
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Whey wine (Blaand)
Replies: 9
Views: 3132

Re: Whey wine (Blaand)

I really wouldn't want to spend time, effort or ... ANYTHING doing that. I just don't want wine tasting of dairy or animal products. As an ... umm.... 'interesting' experiment, if you're REALLY bored and just wonder whether it's possible, I suppose there might be something tiny merit but it's not fo...