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by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

did you rack the cider off first before you bottled it, or did you go straight from the first fermentation bucket to bottle? I only ask because we have a couple of buckets & last year we fermented then racked into the 2nd bucket, then bottled. If I didn't do the in between fermentation then I could ...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Opium Poppies
Replies: 14
Views: 2189

Re: Opium Poppies

what I'm dying to know is what you're going to do with it if it IS an opium poppy??? :mrgreen:
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

The cider will under go a second fermentation , later in the year, which can round off the sharpness (malic acid to lactic acid conversion) does it do this in the bottle? Even though I've used camden tablets to kill the yeasts? So if I leave it even longer (it's been in the bottles about 9 months n...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

OK, how do you know if you've not got the right PH to start with? Do you have to test. The flavor of the juice before brewing was lovely, quite sweet, it was about 50% cookers/50% eaters. I think it was probably left in the bucket way too long as it fermented really well in the first week & then sto...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: advice needed please
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: advice needed please

no reason why you couldn't, it'll just be a bit nasty to pull up after a few months of weather
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: advice needed please
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: advice needed please

google black plastic sheeting on ebay, there's loads of choice, not necessarily very cheap though! Why not look on freecycle & see if you could get some old carpet for nothing, that would do the job. Anything that cuts out the light for a long enough period would work, but of course cardboard & carp...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

ooh, I'll give that a go, I'll try anything that saves me from flushing the entire lot down the sink!

Any idea what sort of volume of eggshells I'd need for a gallon?
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

I'm no help I'm afraid, I've got 48 bottles of vile tasting 'cider' I lovingly made from our apples last year. 2 hours we spent harvesting them & 4 hours we spent juicing them only to end up with acidic nastiness! I'm currently experimenting by trying to turn a couple of bottles into cider vinegar, ...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Win a mei tai
Replies: 2
Views: 1268

Win a mei tai

by Muscroj
Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Opium Poppies
Replies: 14
Views: 2189

Re: Opium Poppies

t is also found in lettuce which has gone to seed, which is why the Flopsy Bunnies went to sleep in Mr McGregors' garden,
thats interesting, the 'bitter' lettuce I was complaining about had a milky sap, is it dangerous?
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:36 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Using washing-up water on plants
Replies: 9
Views: 2822

Re: Using washing-up water on plants

isn't it the ladybird lava that kill the most aphids? Perhaps they sudden appearance of ladybirds is the REASON you no longer have an aphid problem?
by Muscroj
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: What products do babies actually NEED?
Replies: 20
Views: 4767

Re: What products do babies actually NEED?

boobs, clothes, and cuddles! :wink:
by Muscroj
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: when are my nuts ready
Replies: 14
Views: 2155

Re: when are my nuts ready

I bet you could make a lovely recipe for hazelnut & squirrel burgers :wink:
by Muscroj
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: using an empty can to bake a cake?
Replies: 10
Views: 2391

Re: using an empty can to bake a cake?

I would have thought if you lined it with baking parchment then you shouldn't have any problems as the cake mixture won't be 'touching' the tin. But thats only a guess & not based on anything scientificy :wink: