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by dave45
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: 5 "schnapps"
Replies: 15
Views: 2969

Re: 5 "schnapps"

coffee filter?
by dave45
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: 5 "schnapps"
Replies: 15
Views: 2969

Re: 5 "schnapps"

looking at the lemon balm recipe... I'd have thought you'd be better off blitzing the leaves in a blender with vodka then letting them steep in a jar.... increased surface area to extract the essence?
by dave45
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: rats in the chicken coop

I have a couple of these :

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RAT-CAGE-TRAP ... 3f3e42260e

mouldy cheese bait works well
by dave45
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How big is your fruit cage and what have you got in it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: How big is your fruit cage and what have you got in it?

Mine is about 3 x 5 metres ... raspberries and loganberries mainly. I messed up with the strawberries by letting them get too overgrown with weeds. The blitz-weeding experiment at the start of the season didn't really work, as by then the strawbs were too thin and weak.
by dave45
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: rats in the chicken coop

yep - shot another this morning, but again it took 3 pellets. Is that more humane than drowning? I don't know. Is rat poison humane? one snuffed it by just by being left alone in the trap for a day. I've been down the council pest control route before - all they do is leave bait boxes out and come b...
by dave45
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: inca berries
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

inca berries

anyone grown these?

huge plants, handful of tiny fruits, but what do you do with them?
by dave45
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

Re: rats in the chicken coop

I take the point about excessive food in the coop. However this time of year the apples are falling off the trees and there is other (rotting) food about and the buggers are invading the rest of the garden too... rat-holes appearing all over the place... these "humane traps" are just brill...
by dave45
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 29
Views: 4655

rats in the chicken coop

I've been having a rat problem in the chicken coop - they keep raiding the chickens' feed, proliferating and raiding more. When I saw 6 in there one day, I decided to declare RatWars. As well as the baitbox outside the coop with ratpoison, I bought a .177 Webley Rebel pump-action airgun from the loc...
by dave45
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bonkers chicken.
Replies: 6
Views: 2469

Re: Bonkers chicken.

A year on.. no problems at all, still laying well. They never moulted properly last year (mild winter?) and not showing any signs this year (yet)
by dave45
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Redcurrant wine
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

Re: Redcurrant wine

Lovely colour, but very slow to clear. Tastes nice enough, but not thrilling.
by dave45
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Blackcurrant wine
Replies: 15
Views: 3906

Re: Blackcurrant wine

I ended up blending mine with apple - resulting in a dark-rose coloured light wine, but a bit tart. Will let it mellow a while I think
by dave45
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cider yeast
Replies: 8
Views: 1768

Re: Cider yeast

I'm afraid in the past I've always used "general purpose" homebrew shop yeast for cider....

so now I have bought un sachet of cider yeast (with sweetener as predicted) and have some on the go.... lete see what results
by dave45
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cider yeast
Replies: 8
Views: 1768

Cider yeast

Has anyone found any advantage in using a specific cider yeast for brewing cider?
by dave45
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Not country wine but ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

Re: Not country wine but ...

I encourage "cheating" - if your wine needs more zing - add some tartaric acid if you want an SB cats-pee nose - add some elderflower syrup If you want some oak, don't buy an oak barrel - get some oak chips and steep them in the wine If you want to make whisky - just add oak chips to your ...
by dave45
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Not country wine but ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

Not country wine but ...

Just to demonstrate that wine kits can be pretty good, I did a blind wine tasting with a bunch of 8 friends last week (2 of which "knew smth" about wine)... it was of Sauvignon Blanc*.... 5 wines including my "augmented" homebrew and a £12 bottle of Sancerre. Which was the Sancer...

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