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by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Never tried to make a potato wine but if I were to I think I would simply boil the potatoes and use the liquid from the boiled tubers. Not sure how many potatoes I would boil but I imagine about 3-5 lbs (say, 1.5 - 3 kilo) and top the water to make 4 liters of must... No sludge. To this I would add ...
by BernardSmith
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Marrow Rum
Replies: 84
Views: 66722

Re: Marrow Rum

This is quite fascinating. As an amateur /home wine and mead maker "marrow rum" looks like a folk way of making a country wine from marrows. Rather than using cultured yeast you allow wild yeast/bacteria to ferment the "must" or juice from the vegetable and the juice (and not wat...
by BernardSmith
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Seitan - a question.
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Seitan - a question.

Thanks , Maggie. Last night, I experimented with baking my seitan (I add chickpea flour and nutritional wheat) at 350 F for 75 minutes. Boiling seems to allow for the liquid to seep in and create tiny pockets in the gluten as it boils whereas baking made this more "dense", more chewy. Plan...
by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Seitan - a question.
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Seitan - a question.

I have been making seitan for years, but have always added the raw flavored gluten to a stock or liquid and boiled it for about 60 minutes and then roasted or stir fried the cooked seitan. Have just come across a very different approach which suggests that bake the raw seitan in a bread pan filled w...
by BernardSmith
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: inexpensive but delicious wine from tea...
Replies: 2
Views: 610

inexpensive but delicious wine from tea...

Home made wine is really very easy to make and one kind of wine that is very inexpensive but which can be very delicious is a wine made from tea. I just fermented a gallon (4 l) of lapsang souchong tea - using about 30 g of tea over which I poured a scant 4 l of water and allowed the tea to steep fo...
by BernardSmith
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Black beans
Replies: 22
Views: 2427

Re: Black beans

You can adapt this recipe too. I have used other kinds of beans (red kidney or chickpeas) and you can use other spices (eg curry blends) and I would bake this (at 375 F for about 30 minutes). What I do is dump everything in my processor except the breadcrumbs (or the oats) and pulse until blended th...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Questions about Vinegar
Replies: 3
Views: 3722

Re: Questions about Vinegar

A couple of thoughts. To make vinegar you need to start with alcohol. In other words, acetobacter in the presence of air can turn wine (or cider or beer) into vinegar, but they cannot turn fruit juice into vinegar without that juice first fermenting. Now, if the juice has been made with any preserva...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Finished wine too early, too sweet, advice please?
Replies: 5
Views: 3466

Re: Finished wine too early, too sweet, advice please?

Do you have another batch of wine that you could add this to? You don't say what the current gravity is but if it is say, 1.020 and you blend this with another similar volume where the gravity is 1.000 then you will have brought the gravity of this wine down to 1.010.. and if you have yet another ba...
by BernardSmith
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: no worms in my raised beds
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Re: no worms in my raised beds

Thanks, Maggie. The beds are about four years old and I just added some mature compost and some immature with the idea that if buried the soil will help decompose the fruit and vegetable scraps along with the leaves. I guess I will just hope that the worms are in the beds but just a good bit deeper ...
by BernardSmith
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: no worms in my raised beds
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

no worms in my raised beds

It's winter here in Upstate NY and I just added some compost to my two vegetable beds. I removed about 5 -6 inches of dirt and added the compost and then replaced the soil I removed. No problem... except that I did not find a single earthworm. So two questions: 1. In winter do earthworms bury themse...
by BernardSmith
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2133

Re: How long to keep wine?

I don't think fruit wines should deteriorate after a year, though how long they improve and then maintain their quality may depend on two or three things - 1, the amount of alcohol in the wine: a wine with about 5 % ABV (alcohol by volume) will deteriorate far more quickly than a wine with an ABV of...
by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2133

Re: How long to keep wine?

:iconbiggrin: Ha! It sounds far more complex than it is. If brewing your own beer takes about 4 hours or more then making wine takes about 30 minutes -maximum. And unless you are making wine from flowers there is no heat required - so no unnecessary use of energy. And no need to use water to cool do...
by BernardSmith
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2133

Re: How long to keep wine?

I don't make wine from grapes but from all other fruit, so you can take what I am about to say with a pinch - or a handful - of salt. Table grapes are not the same as wine grapes. You can make wine from them but they have very different sugar content and have very different pH and the TA will be ver...
by BernardSmith
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How long to keep wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2133

Re: How long to keep wine?

Hi Odsox, I have been making wines and meads and ciders for a number of years - and have even won some medals for them. In my opinion home made wine should not taste manky. The taste may have something to do with the recipe you are using and/or the protocols you are following. If you post me one of ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cheese
Replies: 6
Views: 1331

Re: cheese

Apologies for resurrecting this thread but I have been making cheese only since May and get about 1/2 kg (1 lb ) of hard cheese from a gallon of milk (about 4L), whether raw or store bought, whether pasteurized or acquired from colleagues. Not a huge amount but certainly not an amount to be dismisse...

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