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by elfcurry
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2975

Re: How long to keep wine?

I've had mixed success over the years with fruit (non-grape) wines but it nearly always turns out at least pleasant and drinkable and a fair proportion is very pleasant indeed. Sometimes I've made some and found it disappointing, then put it aside and tried it again a couple of months later only to ...
by elfcurry
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Blackcurrants and gooseberries, oh my
Replies: 8
Views: 2446

Re: Blackcurrants and gooseberries, oh my

What happened? How many gallons did you make with how fruit in each and how did it turn out? I've made both blackcurrant and gooseberry wines a few times and certainly the former received some very positive comments and I've enjoyed the latter except for the first attempt My main mistake on my first...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Plum Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 1466

Re: Plum Wine

I'd say first check the weight of the fruit you have, you may have enough. The plum wine recipe I use recommends 4lb (1.8kg) for a gallon but I have one fermenting now with only 3 1/4 lb plums and it's tasting reasonably 'normal' tonight. I've never really done mixed fruit wine so can't say what's b...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 95785

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

2 gallons of blackberry 1 gallon of 'plum' (graveyard mix)* 1 gallon of blackcurrant I still have a gallon of raspberry, some lemon and sultana, and a couple of bottles of 'gooseberry champagne' in old-style pressure lemonade bottles. *I found a churchyard in a nearby village with a couple of trees ...
by elfcurry
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Freezing runner beans
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Freezing runner beans

I agree: don't blanch. (funny word)

I'm sure I used to blanch them years ago but they were always disappointing (soft) when thawed.
Now I don't wash them, just slice and put them in bags or plastic boxes and they're much better.
by elfcurry
Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: What to do with plums?
Replies: 9
Views: 2422

Re: What to do with plums?

What to do with them?

Plum Wine! :drunken:
by elfcurry
Mon May 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Walnut liqueur
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Re: Walnut liqueur

I *bought* a bottle of walnut liqueur many years ago with my left-over Lire at an Italian airport. It was smooth but I could never really say I liked it much. People who tried it didn't hate it but didn't want a second helping.

If you do try doing this, I'd be interested to hear how yours does.
by elfcurry
Sun May 03, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Collecting items to reuse
Replies: 28
Views: 3290

Re: Collecting items to reuse

I was wondering today whether it's usual for people who lean towards greenness to have houses full of cr*p which just might come in useful at some point in the future.

Mine certainly is and it's because I can't throw out something which I think might come in useful.
by elfcurry
Sat May 02, 2009 11:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Dumpster diving!
Replies: 12
Views: 3163

Re: Dumpster diving!

If the police are interested in catching people stealing what someone throws out, their priorities are wrong! Can you imagine the desk sergeant answering a 999 call and saying "well it may be against your company policy but we have genuine calls to deal with, involving crimes of violence and propert...
by elfcurry
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: ceramic tiles
Replies: 2
Views: 806

ceramic tiles

I have several square metres worth from the bathroom and I'm not sure what to do with them. A lot are broken but many are not. I've already chucked out some in small pieces. They still have tile adhesive so quite rough. Can I use them in cement mix for a clothes post hole? I suppose they might be us...
by elfcurry
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: No apostrophes!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Re: No apostrophes!

It's amazing how you can't think of a sentence involving apostrophes when you need one... Other folk's aren't so fussy - they just spread apostrophe's around indiscriminately... :wink: What? Three times as many as there should be? You'll wear it out. :tongue: I've definitely had this odd behaviour ...
by elfcurry
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: changing isp
Replies: 6
Views: 2054

I like Martin's advice but not tried Tiscali. Can I suggest plusnet? I've been with them for about six months and no trouble at all. More to the point a VERY particular (ie will complain if any little thing is wrong) friend likes them. £10 a month for 1GB download suits me for browsing for hours a ...
by elfcurry
Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: To anyone else Yahoo is worthless...........
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Google OS ??

Try another OS. For instance Ubuntu, a variety of Linux is free (both in the 'not constrained' sense as well as costing you nowt) and is easy to install and use. Really, it is. I tried varieties of Linux in the past and had trouble installing and configuring it and gave up but this is just a breeze....
by elfcurry
Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for plastic milk bottle tops
Replies: 11
Views: 3598

Some are recyclable. I've just checked my lodger's T***o one and it has a triangle with a 2 in it, as does my Coop one. My council recycling scheme doesn't accept them so it makes no difference here. I think supermarkets (probably not small private shops) should be required to have containers for re...
by elfcurry
Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 re-uses for 2litre bottles
Replies: 38
Views: 15156

fill with tap water and freeze... use to fill up the spaces in your freezer.. a full freezer works best... BUT...also doubles up as a bit of fresh water if you have a water cut off for whatever reason. I don't agree; you're wasting energy by freezing water for no good reason. The idea of filling yo...