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by Brewtrog
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 9
Views: 1244

Re: Tumbleweed

Fair enough.
I'm part of the brewing forum ( http://www.forum.craftbrewing.org.uk )
by Brewtrog
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 9
Views: 1244

Re: Tumbleweed

Hopefully I'll get some booze on/bottled soon, so we'll get a few posts then. But yes I have noticed this is a really quiet forum compared to my brewing forum. Has it always been this quiet, or is there a particular reason?
by Brewtrog
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Not staying logged in.
Replies: 10
Views: 1739

Not staying logged in.

For some reason I'm not staying logged in atm - accidentally clicked on the banner after having to log in (yes I did click the keep me logged in button) and had to relog in afterwards. Anyone know why?
by Brewtrog
Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 110459

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Cock ale (beer that had a chicken steeped in it during fermentation) I'm intrigued by this. I assume the chicken was cooked before going in the beer? Did you eat the chicken afterwards, and was it nice? If not, it'd feel like a waste of a chicken to me. And, um, why? I'll be interested to hear how ...
by Brewtrog
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Pastis
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Pastis

Not actually from home grown stuff this year, but will be soon (I hope). 70cl bottle Morrison's good vodka (any would do, I use it because it's 43%, so isn't diluted too much) 20 star anise stars 1tsp fennel seeds (I didn't have any in so used an extra tsp of aniseed) 2tsp aniseed seeds 2" stick liq...
by Brewtrog
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 110459

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Only just noticed this thread. Lets see, I've got last year's elderberry still in djs, rice wine, dandelion wine, Lemon and Ginger tea wine (hippy juice), Red label tea wine, Nettle wine, Potato wine, and the one I'm most interested in - Cock ale (beer that had a chicken steeped in it during ferment...
by Brewtrog
Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower cordial
Replies: 4
Views: 1371

Re: elderflower cordial

Looking back, wine stabiliser (a mix of metabisulphite and potassium sorbate) would be a better idea that just campden tablet (sorry, had a few glasses of a friend's blackberry wine last night). As Mike says there'll be a sulphite taste for a day or two, but it soon goes. I should have thought about...
by Brewtrog
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Forgotten grape vine
Replies: 8
Views: 5179

Re: Forgotten grape vine

Congrats for having it fruit. All I've ever read about grapes is that you need to cut it back for the first 3 years to let it root properly, after that you can let it fruit and even then you might make better wine from the leaves.
by Brewtrog
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Just bought an elderberry bush!
Replies: 10
Views: 2932

Re: Just bought an elderberry bush!

Congrats to you.
At first I was confused at why someone would buy one, they are quite common in the UK, then I read that you were based in colorado. Elderberry wine is gorgeous (if you can spare the flowers)
by Brewtrog
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower cordial
Replies: 4
Views: 1371

Re: elderflower cordial

Best guess is lack of sterilisation. You could get some camden tablets (Wilkos or Tescos if you don't have a homebrew shop). or let it ferment out, hope that it's decent wine yeast and drink the resultant elderflower wine =P
by Brewtrog
Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chamomile
Replies: 5
Views: 2121

Re: Chamomile

I finally took the plunge with this and tasted a bit of leaf from the roman chamomile in the garden. Turns out that, even if not toxic, it isn't edible. When I put it in my mouth it had an overpowering taste of perfume (as if I'd squirted a bottle of perfume in my mouth), upon chewing it became very...
by Brewtrog
Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chamomile
Replies: 5
Views: 2121

Re: Chamomile

I knew the flowers were good for tea on both chamomiles. It's just that if other parts are usable the it increases the harvest.
by Brewtrog
Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chamomile
Replies: 5
Views: 2121

Re: Chamomile

The reason I'm growing chamomile is for the wine. The vast majority of our garden is brewable (except the toms)
That's what I've been thinking from my research, but I'm still a bit reluctant to try eating some of the leaf to find out.
by Brewtrog
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chamomile
Replies: 5
Views: 2121

Chamomile

I'm growing Roman chamomile at the moment, but have also seen a lot of (what I think is) German chamomile on my walk to work. My question is what parts of the plant are edible and if any parts should be avoided.
by Brewtrog
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Warrington.
Replies: 4
Views: 2191

Hello from Warrington.

Hi, I'm a brewer from Warrington. I'm also an (ex)caver and general nutjob. Mainly a wine maker, and am looking for somewhere to get tips of foraging, as well as making sure I don't poison myself by picking the wrong plant :roll: . Looking forward to meeting you all.