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by malcolmfraser
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Different Demi-Johns
Replies: 17
Views: 6195

Re: Different Demi-Johns

I recently got my hands on some glass demi-johns from a charity shop and have completely changed my opinion about the 5l plastic bottles. As others have pointed out - it's much much easier to rack the glass bottles than the plastic ones due to the ridges. I wouldn't use plastic bottles again...
by malcolmfraser
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Foraging goals for 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 4291

Re: Foraging goals for 2012

Here's a link to the Eat Weeds recipe for Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar: http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/elderberry-balsamic-vinegar I've made for a couple of years now and it's really worth doing - very rich and fruity. Great on salad. I've not tried making beer yet - maybe pine needle beer will be my firs...
by malcolmfraser
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Foraging goals for 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 4291

Re: Foraging goals for 2012

What a great idea - here's my list, roughly in order of season: - something with alexanders (chutney?) - Wild garlic and few-flowered leek pesto - Beech leaf noyau - lime flowers (for tea) - Garlic mustard / lime leaves salad - Cleavers juice - something with pine needles? - Elderflower wine - Meado...
by malcolmfraser
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Different Demi-Johns
Replies: 17
Views: 6195

Re: Different Demi-Johns

Same as irigg - I use 5l plastic bottles from the supermarket. cut a wee hole in the lid and use a rubber ring and airlock as normal. The ridges do catch sediment so you have to be aware of that. As for cleaning I rinse thoroughly and then use Milton liquid to sterilise. Never had any problems. Good...
by malcolmfraser
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 68
Views: 21411

Re: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne

OK - thanks very much for the advice Mike - I'll take a look at it tonight - hopefully it's recoverable.

If not then everyone will get white wine vinegar for christmas this year :)
by malcolmfraser
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 68
Views: 21411

Re: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne

ARGH! just found some dead flies in my 2 gallon brew bucket...! that's that ruined and me left with only 2 gallons of elderflower wine....

lesson learned - lid AND muslin on the brew bucket from now on...


Oh well - I'll collect meadowsweet whilst that's flowering - it makes a great fizzy wine too.
by malcolmfraser
Fri May 13, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 68
Views: 21411

Re: Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne

Will give this a go - thanks.

Quick question though - is there a reason why you add the sugar after the brew has been sitting for a few days? Most recipes I've seen just add it at the start.

Cheers
by malcolmfraser
Wed May 11, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How to start wine making?
Replies: 19
Views: 3849

Re: How to start wine making?

I've been using 5 litre plastic bottles as demi-johns. T***o sells 5l bottles of still water for 95p, I get them delivered with our monthly shop.

You can poke a hole in the lid and fix a grommet for your airlock.

But yes - you should definitely get a few...!
by malcolmfraser
Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Re: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?

oh it's definitely edible - I've even convinced my wife to eat it, she'll eat anything in a crumble! Here's a few recipe links: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Knotweed.html http://www.phlorum.com/blog/2010/04/20/japanese-knotweed-crumble-recipe/ http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/sear...
by malcolmfraser
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Re: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?

Hah!

My new strategy is to top and tail the stems where I find them (i.e. in the middle of the knotweed patch), so there's no waste once I get back home.
by malcolmfraser
Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Re: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?

Thanks Marc - I think I'll just boil them for a while.
by malcolmfraser
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Japanese knotweed - what to do with leftover bits?

Hi - I picked my first batch of Japanese knotweed this week and made a nice crumble and some jam. I have a box of offcuts now and am wondering what's the best way to dispose of them? I don't have a bin to burn them in right now so was thinking I could just cook them in the oven for a while until the...
by malcolmfraser
Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Wild Flower ID needed
Replies: 4
Views: 1457

Re: Wild Flower ID needed

Yup - definitely Lathraea clandestina. I've never seen so much of it before!
by malcolmfraser
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?
Replies: 43
Views: 13579

Re: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?

Well I've now tried soapnuts in four washes and have been pleased with the results - even toddler and baby clothes came out clean. Towels (and clothes in general) feel a bit softer than before. The only issue was a fine wool jumper that came out with some white bits on it. My wife was very sceptical...
by malcolmfraser
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?
Replies: 43
Views: 13579

Re: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?

Just ordered a small pack - really keen to see how they work out, particularly in the dishwasher.