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by dave45
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Bloody dock...
Replies: 42
Views: 7382

Re: Bloody dock...

My chickens eat dock leaves... marginally useful

Wish they'd eat the bloody nettles !
by dave45
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Blackberry wine
Replies: 40
Views: 7844

Re: Blackberry wine

so how if you find a yeast strain you'd like to keep - how do you turn it from sludge into dried granules so you can use it again later?
by dave45
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Blackberry wine
Replies: 40
Views: 7844

Re: Blackberry wine

I never knew there was so much yeast technology available until I looked up the yeast in a wine kit and it led me to Lalvin's website

http://www.lallemandwine.us/products/yeast_chart.php
by dave45
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Preserving fruit juice

Update: opening one of these screwtop wine bottles of juice results in a load scary POP! - an implosion which sucks the sealer/insert disc (in the lid) right into the bottle and can cause you to nearly drop the bottle if you are not expecting it ! Looks like my guess was correct - this method produc...
by dave45
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: peas beans and nitrogen fixing
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

peas beans and nitrogen fixing

Is it really true that peas and beans fix nitrogen out of the air? Does that mean that my old pea plants are better for the compost heap than other veggie waste?
by dave45
Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Preserving fruit juice

Tosca - in Bulgaria they seem to have much better preserving kit than in the UK coz everyone does it!... wish I could get those cheap one-shot lids that they use... so don't they have specialist juice-preserving methods over there?
by dave45
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Preserving fruit juice

Little yellow tomatoes doing well a.t.m.and being harvested but TBH I'm not sure whether they are yours or some seeds I got from ebay, sorry. My record-keeping is a little lax, sorry ! But back to the apple juice.... I filled the bottles to the brim at 100C then screwed down the cap.... after coolin...
by dave45
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Preserving fruit juice

Just processed a batch of red eater windfalls into 3 screwtop wine bottles plus a bit left over... no problems with the method, so thanks for that DND... I'll check them in a week or two and let you know...

Better start drinking some more wine to liberate some more bottles :-)
by dave45
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Hail
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Re: Hail

Not a lot of hail recently but I just noticed that 2 branches of 2 different apple trees are cracked and broken (with the weight of fruit I guess, or maybe heat stress followed by a deluge?) 2 years ago a summer hailstorm ruined my conservatory roof - approx 50 Kg of mobile hailstones (rolling ice-b...
by dave45
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Preserving fruit juice

do you cork your wine bottles?

or re-use the Stelvin screwtops?

I guess I could use beer bottles and crown corks?
by dave45
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving fruit juice
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Preserving fruit juice

Apple season is upon us again and I will no doubt have far too many again.. last year I made cider and still haven't drunk it all... so this year I would like to preserve apple juice as such - what is the best way? So far I have frozen the juice in a plastic milk bottle which works ok but I don't ha...
by dave45
Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Any raspberry experts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2887

Re: Any raspberry experts?

I have summer-fruiting rasps and pruning plus benign neglect seems to work well too !
by dave45
Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: We made it in Bulgaria
Replies: 5
Views: 2109

Re: We made it in Bulgaria

ааа гоча!
наблизо до Рила нали?
by dave45
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Combining currants
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: Combining currants

Blackcurrant and apple crumble seems to work - would mixing currants and apples work for wine too? anyone tried it? got loads of both...

mind you apple wine is pretty good on its own I find.
by dave45
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Redcurrant wine
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

Redcurrant wine

On the same theme as the Blackcurrant wine thread, I have loads of redcurrants too, so I steam-extracted a whole load of them to produce just under 4 pints of juice. This was only OG 1025 though. Again added 1kg sugar and water to make up to a gallon and started it fermenting. I've never even tried ...

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