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by BernardSmith
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Apologies for coming to this thread late in the day but all the talk of disastrous wines made from vegetables suggests to me more about problems with wine making processes than with the raw materials themselves. Now, it is possible that turnips (or swedes or rutabagas) don't make great wines but wha...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Marrow Rum
Replies: 84
Views: 66736

Re: Marrow Rum

I am looking for that prize coz, I gotta say that I made some marrow wine (based on this discussion) and bottled it a couple (or more) weeks ago. Got three 750 cc bottles and a 350 cc beer bottle of this wine. Beautifully clear. Back sweetened a little and the flavor is quite , quite delicious. Woul...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

If you are interested in making your own cheese from even store bought milk (cannot have been ultra -pasteurized) then this recipe does not involve any very special equipment and does not take more than a few hours to make (much of the time does not involve any work on your part). The measurements a...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Food waste

But "best before" dates does not mean that the food is spoiled or should be trashed... That people refuse to buy such products is a cultural artifact...
by BernardSmith
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast
Replies: 0
Views: 177

mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast

If you are interested in a low cost , low alcohol mead (honey wine) you might consider this: you can make a low alcohol mead (about 5% ABV) by taking about 1lb (500 g) of raw honey and mixing this with about 1 gallon (4-5 l) of water to which you add perhaps a teaspoon of boiled bread yeast (for nut...
by BernardSmith
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: alcoholic fruit flies
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: alcoholic fruit flies

Late to this party, I know, but one way to get rid of fruit flies is to fill a small glass with vinegar and add a few drops of liquid soap. The vinegar attracts the flies and the soap ensures that the surface tension of the liquid is non existent. Flies that then land to take a sip slip below the su...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Hopless Ale

No argument from me about the questionable nature of the pyscho-activity of any of the herbs involved in gruit but if you read the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner (and it is a fascinating work, IMO) he does suggest that it was not just the wormwood that added some addit...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Interestingly, I checked that book by Schloss and for virtually every liqueur he discusses he suggests a week or ten days is the most time you need to extract flavor. He also recommends that you don't keep any of these liqueurs longer than 12 months but what he calls a liqueur and what I call an ext...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: NETTLE wine
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: NETTLE wine

I am just about to bottle some nettle wine I started in June. I used nettle tea (15 bags) boiled in 1 gallon of water (4 L) for about five - ten minutes; removed the bags and when the tea had cooled I added about 18 oz (about 500 g) of Star-thistle honey. Am using a wine yeast (AW4) and the alcohol ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Hopless Ale

I routinely make a gruit mead - Those herbs were /are called gruit so the ale is not so much "hop - less" ale but a gruit ale. For my meads (and ales) for each gallon (4 liters) I add 1 tablespoon of each herb (about 15 grams) - I also add heather tips. My last batch used a scant 1 kg (2 l...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Apologies for the confusion. I want to add the extract to the mead. I want to use the vodka to extract the flavor from the cocoa nibs and add that extract to the wine. It's not the mead I have any questions about. It's the extract...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Thanks Maggie... I am trying to make a chocolate extract to add to some mead (honey wine) I am making. I have what I think is a reasonably flavored extract (using cocoa nibs) but if the extract should have more nibs or the extraction of flavor significantly changes after 4 weeks then I am looking fo...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Productive fermenting day
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Productive fermenting day

Just started a batch of sauerkraut last night. Never tried this before but after I had salted the shredded cabbage and had thumped it for a few minutes with a wooden hammer handle I used a gallon milk carton filled with water (8 lbs - or a hefty 3.6 kilo) to press down on a plate that pressed down o...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Thanks Maggie - Not sure that all liqueurs have their fruits or nuts or herbs /spices steeped in the syrup. I have seen many recipes - I am thinking of Schloss' Home Made Liqueurs, for example, where , if memory serves, he advocates adding the syrup after the fruit etc has been steeped. It is the al...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 813

extracts vs liqueurs

Does anyone on this forum know if the only significant difference between an extract and a liqueur is the syrup? Or are the amounts of herbs and spices and nuts and fruits used in extracts different from the amounts used in liqueurs with the same ingredients? Thanks

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