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by MKG
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 37
Views: 2053

Re: Onions

There's nothing else for it, Weedo - learn how to cook cockatoos. It's only fair!
by MKG
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Busy day
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Busy day

Glad to hear you're back in business, GA. I was wondering how you spent all 36 hours of the day without it.
by MKG
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Dried Beans
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Dried Beans

A visual treat, at least. I'd be interested in the taste - "beefy" seems an odd description (unless they literally taste like beef).
I envy your hydroponics rig - the luxury of stand-up gardening! Maybe I should have gone into comedy.
by MKG
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Growing in 2018 weather
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: Growing in 2018 weather

It's a good year for peppers (the non-chilli kind), though. I can't even remember why I sowed them. Oh - and the runner beans in the tubs very near to the house have just started beaning after lots of loving care throughout the drought. The crop of robins and blackbirds is pretty good too.
by MKG
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: Random wine

Well, I tasted it again. It's surprisingly pleasant for what is, after all, sweetened and heavily diluted odds'n'ends juice. It's also surprisingly red considering the small amount of blackberries in it. However, I'm going to set it off tonight with maybe a half-teaspoon of citric acid, a tenth of a...
by MKG
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 12
Views: 350

Re: RAIN !!

Finally, we've had a deluge. The lawn is saturated, the orchard is dripping, and there's more to come (according to the Met. Office). I may go and stand in it later, arms outstretched, slowly rotating whilst humming ethereal tunes. Or maybe not.
by MKG
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 12
Views: 350

Re: RAIN !!

We're still waiting. I've been watching the forecast for rain (every day for the last week) slowly turn into wall-to-wall sunshine for what seems like months. We're due a thunderstorm right now, but all I can see is sunshine. Hey ho - maybe tomorrow.
by MKG
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: Random wine

There were too many blackberries this morning to chuck into random wine - they're now being collected in the freezer. So, it all has to go with what it has. The moment we've got rid of the 2-year-old disruptor, its time for the go. If I still have any energy left at all, that is. Sultry heat and a y...
by MKG
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: Liquorice

Victory V's were good too. (It's all coming back to me now :lol: ).
by MKG
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: Random wine

I had a sip last night. Pleasant, certainly very light - a bit too light, in fact. So this morning it got another handful of blackberries (they're ripening at precisely that rate at the moment) and a half-dozen more apples and a past-its-best stick of rhubarb. Tonight it will be de-fruited, topped u...
by MKG
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: Random wine

Strangely enough, I have have one of those in the orchard which I think was planted when the house was built in the early 1920s. A few fruit grow quite large, but they remain rock hard and, essentially, tasteless. I have tested them with fermentation, and they do make a wine - which is also tasteles...
by MKG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: Random wine

I tend to chuck a handful or chopped raisins/sultanas into everything now and back off the normal yeast nutrient. All my wines seem (yes - seem. I haven't timed it) to start earlier and more forcefully. For the sake of a handful, I'll keep adding them, if only because it makes me feel happier. Meanw...
by MKG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: Liquorice

It works with schnapps too :iconbiggrin:
by MKG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Random wine

... made with real randoms! I decided to take a look at the things in the garden which usually just disappear - early fallen apples and premature blackberries in particular. I noticed a few ripe blackberries (yes - THAT early) a week ago which the birds had and decided that they should have been min...
by MKG
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: Liquorice

Actually - that sounds a bit interesting. I may do a little experimentation ... ... ...