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by Maykal
Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Blackout
Replies: 14
Views: 6483

Re: Blackout

Not sure either about traffic chaos. I can't remember where I read about it, but I'm fairly sure a town in Germany or Austria did an experiment in which they turned off all the traffic lights, removed all the roads signs and road markings and just let people get on with it. The result was that peopl...
by Maykal
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Extra yeast
Replies: 2
Views: 1258

Re: Extra yeast

I don't think it'll necessarily do any harm as any excess yeast will settle out into the sediment layer at the bottom and you can rack off of it. You might end up with a really thick sediment layer, in which case maybe leaving the wine on it too long would adversely affect the flavour. Whether it wa...
by Maykal
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:13 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Sloe Syrup
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Re: Sloe Syrup

Transylvania :)

Lots of foraging opportunities here, I just wish I had more time to get out and about. Loads of slows, apples, and walnuts growing everywhere in the countryside at the moment. Even found a load of wild hops in one location.
by Maykal
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Sloe Syrup
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Re: Sloe Syrup

The make a lot of jam or compote here with the green walnuts, but when they are about the size of a marble. The other week I saw loads of people with long poles knocking them down from roadside trees and they are already for sale on the street corners here in the capital. I tried breaking into a gre...
by Maykal
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Sloe Syrup
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Re: Sloe Syrup

Mmm, nut roast. I use to eat that a lot. My neighbour usually gives me a sack of walnuts from his orchard so I might have to make that now/ Can you make it with just walnuts? I think I over-reduced my slow syrup, or perhaps sloes have high levels of pectin in them, I don't know, but it ended up like...
by Maykal
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Sloe Syrup
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Sloe Syrup

Foraged a load of sloes last week. After making the obligatory couple of bottles of sloe gin for Christmas, I decided to have a go at making some sloe syrup. My old neighbour swears by it and considering he gave me a run for my money whilst we were repairing one of his barn roofs together (he's 84) ...
by Maykal
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:16 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Thrifty furniture
Replies: 10
Views: 6305

Re: Thrifty furniture

Thanks for the encouragement Malc and Pete. I'll post up some more pics of the finished kitchen unit when it's done - I think I just need a day to finish it but next time I go up to the house I have to collect all the grapes and press them. My first crack at wine making. :) Re the timber prices, the...
by Maykal
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Thrifty furniture
Replies: 10
Views: 6305

Re: Thrifty furniture

Before doing these, I hadn't done any woodworking since the wooden shark on a stick I made in CDT at school in the 80s! I bet the OH could rattle out an island for you - from what I've seen he's pretty handy.
by Maykal
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Thrifty furniture
Replies: 10
Views: 6305

Thrifty furniture

Wanted my house, which I'm still in the slow process of doing up, to use wherever possible local materials and local labour. Had a simple pine double bed made by a carpenter in a nearby village for a pretty decent price (£80 materials and labour) but it took him seven months to get round to doing it...
by Maykal
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Want the dream!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 3647

Re: Want the dream!!!

Hi Tree! Well, I'm not expert but I think the first problem is that to grow enough food to feed 5 people AND to feed the animals AND to have firewood for winter you'd need more than a little plot of land. So I suppose the first question you should ask yourself is how much land you could afford. If t...
by Maykal
Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: First attempt at bread in a wood-fired oven.
Replies: 8
Views: 6131

Re: First attempt at bread in a wood-fired oven.

Cheers for all the comments!

Anyone tried baking cakes in a bread oven? It seemed to retain its heat for hours after the bread came out and it seems a waste so I was thinking of throwing in a cake or two.
by Maykal
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Stronger Nettle Beer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Stronger Nettle Beer Question

Well if you take a reading at the beginning, you can compare the before and after readings to see how much sugar was consumed, and get an idea of the strength of the brew. Even if you didn't take an original gravity reading, you can use the hydrometer to see how much sugar is left (approximately). W...
by Maykal
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Stronger Nettle Beer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Stronger Nettle Beer Question

If you can get your hands on a hydrometer, I'd check the gravity of a sample to find out whether there's still a load of sugar to ferment out or it's just your taste buds. Bottle with too much sugar and active yeast could get very messy! ;)
by Maykal
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Missing Veg
Replies: 10
Views: 2156

Re: Missing Veg

Would other allotment users group together to install some kind of security? Don't think it'd work out too expensive if everyone chipped in. Reminds me of a story I heard here about a watermelon field. A guy was having his melons stolen on a nightly basis so he put up a sign at the entrance to the f...
by Maykal
Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: The wanderer returns
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: The wanderer returns

Sounds like a well-equipped and vibrant village! I saw on your blog you shot a oriole. That was a good result. I've seen one flying past the house a few times, but it's never sat still long enough for me to get my camera. I don't live at the house full time yet and I'm still doing the renovations, b...