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by JT101
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: pH vs concentration of vinegar
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: pH vs concentration of vinegar

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by JT101
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: pH vs concentration of vinegar
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: pH vs concentration of vinegar

Haha. Just out of interest, what kit do you use? Litmus paper, or an acid indicator kit? If you could tell me the exact equipment I'd appreciate it. That Ritchies Wine & Beer acid test kit has some pretty poor reviews, and the cabbage indicator I'm not sure of the accuracy of.
by JT101
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: pH vs concentration of vinegar
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: pH vs concentration of vinegar

Interesting about your mothers recipe. I might look into that. What was the 10% strength vinegar? Must have been wine vinegar. Cider vinegar could never get that high. ANyway, the point I'm trying to make is, you really only need to test pH right? I mean that is THE most important factor. meaning I ...
by JT101
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: pH vs concentration of vinegar
Replies: 8
Views: 924

pH vs concentration of vinegar

Hi everyone Age old question here I'm sure, but I've been searching for an answer with no luck I've been making homemade cider vinegar and I want to pickle with it. Now I know what you're gonna say. Homemade vinegar has a variable acidity and so shouldn't be used. Use store bought 5% vinegar unless ...
by JT101
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Vinegar making smells like cheese
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Vinegar making smells like cheese

Hi everyone I have two batches of vinegar fermenting away at the moment. Both had a fly land in them, and subsequently saw a film of bacteria grow over the top. The batch that smells ok was pure apple juice, and the other batch which was some apple cider (hard cider) smells of cheese. I mean it real...
by JT101
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Questions about Vinegar
Replies: 3
Views: 3642

Re: Questions about Vinegar

I'm definitely struggling with my vinegar. I've 2 containers. One is full of cider and one apple juice. The apple juice had a think film of bacteria on top but once i stirred it that disappeared. The cider container stiĺl looks and tastes like cider. No film on top. The apple juice definitely had a ...
by JT101
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Questions about Vinegar
Replies: 3
Views: 3642

Questions about Vinegar

Making a batch of vinegar from my pressed apple juice this year. Wasn't doing anything at first, but then once I put it somewhere warmer, I saw a fruit fly in there, and then it started to build up a film on top, so we'll see how it goes. The 2-4 weeks a lot of people state seems a bit optimistic. I...
by JT101
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Spacings of grapevines
Replies: 4
Views: 1535

Spacings of grapevines

Hello everyone I have brought on some grapevine cuttings to be planted out at some stage in rows. The question I have never managed to get answered is how far apart the rows should be spaced and how far apart the vines within the rows? The vineyard is going to be a small one on an allotment plot in ...
by JT101
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: How to solar dry blackberries?
Replies: 7
Views: 1904

Re: How to solar dry blackberries?

Thanks for the responses everyone. I am drying them out to use as dried fruit in my cereals and added to my bread mix. Just seeing if it's doable with a few hot days in England by solar drying
by JT101
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: How to solar dry blackberries?
Replies: 7
Views: 1904

How to solar dry blackberries?

Hi everyone Struggling with drying my blackberries. I'm aware of the main factors in solar drying i.e. goo air flow, heat and low humidity, but something isn't right. I laid them out in my greenhouse on a raised screen during a few days of sunshine with the roof window open. So the air would natural...
by JT101
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pear tree pruning
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Pear tree pruning

You may have noticed my overly complex post the other day on all the fruit trees I have inherited and all possible questions i have. Didn't get much of a response, so I best break it down and focus on one thing at a time. I believe this tree is a pear tree. How would you prune it? Seems to have two ...
by JT101
Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pruning decisions
Replies: 2
Views: 1761

Pruning decisions

Hi everyone. I've inherited some dilapidated trees. I wish I could find someone at the allotment who really knows something about trees, but most people are "have-a-goes". I've done some training myself, but wanted some others opinions. 1) So the first one in Photo 1 (photos have attached ...
by JT101
Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 2563

Re: Dig my own clay

I'm no stranger to hard graft so that won't be an issue. I like a challenge Ok, I've dried out some large lumps of clay that I cut into small pieces. Some of the clay I have to say was blue, some was orange and some was brown. I tried to get all clay, but there is definitely some sand mixed in there...
by JT101
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 2563

Dig my own clay

So I'm starting to look at storage vessels now. In particular clay storage pots for wine, which are traditionally made of terracotta. But the question is, what type of clay to use to make the pots, and where to dig it up. I'm in South-East London, so in the area or Kent. So far, all the clay I've se...
by JT101
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How to read this soil test kit?
Replies: 5
Views: 1396

How to read this soil test kit?

Hi everyone I have one of the Testwest Soil Testing Kits, but I don't understand the result. I followed the instructions for the pH test using clear liquid that I got once the solid particles had settled, which infact took about 2 days. The colour chart supplied stops at a green 7.5. Mine is a very ...

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