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by BernardSmith
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6112

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Born in Scotland and grew up in Glasgow but lived for five years in Aberdeen.. so I am familiar with neeps. We called what I now call a rutabaga a turnip and for my family a turnip was a neep although I don't think we ever used that word ourselves although when we read it we "knew" it was the large ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6112

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Hi MKG - and thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. In fact I started this wine last night with 5 lbs of rutabaga (I know this vegetable as turnip although in the states they call the small yellow root "turnip". Despite the apparent number of awards Keller's site suggests his wines have won I f...
by BernardSmith
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 6112

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Apologies for coming to this thread late in the day but all the talk of disastrous wines made from vegetables suggests to me more about problems with wine making processes than with the raw materials themselves. Now, it is possible that turnips (or swedes or rutabagas) don't make great wines but wha...
by BernardSmith
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Marrow Rum
Replies: 84
Views: 73959

Re: Marrow Rum

I am looking for that prize coz, I gotta say that I made some marrow wine (based on this discussion) and bottled it a couple (or more) weeks ago. Got three 750 cc bottles and a 350 cc beer bottle of this wine. Beautifully clear. Back sweetened a little and the flavor is quite , quite delicious. Woul...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

If you are interested in making your own cheese from even store bought milk (cannot have been ultra -pasteurized) then this recipe does not involve any very special equipment and does not take more than a few hours to make (much of the time does not involve any work on your part). The measurements a...
by BernardSmith
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2072

Re: Food waste

But "best before" dates does not mean that the food is spoiled or should be trashed... That people refuse to buy such products is a cultural artifact...
by BernardSmith
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast
Replies: 0
Views: 1159

mead - honey wine using indigenous yeast

If you are interested in a low cost , low alcohol mead (honey wine) you might consider this: you can make a low alcohol mead (about 5% ABV) by taking about 1lb (500 g) of raw honey and mixing this with about 1 gallon (4-5 l) of water to which you add perhaps a teaspoon of boiled bread yeast (for nut...
by BernardSmith
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: alcoholic fruit flies
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: alcoholic fruit flies

Late to this party, I know, but one way to get rid of fruit flies is to fill a small glass with vinegar and add a few drops of liquid soap. The vinegar attracts the flies and the soap ensures that the surface tension of the liquid is non existent. Flies that then land to take a sip slip below the su...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Hopless Ale

No argument from me about the questionable nature of the pyscho-activity of any of the herbs involved in gruit but if you read the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner (and it is a fascinating work, IMO) he does suggest that it was not just the wormwood that added some addit...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Interestingly, I checked that book by Schloss and for virtually every liqueur he discusses he suggests a week or ten days is the most time you need to extract flavor. He also recommends that you don't keep any of these liqueurs longer than 12 months but what he calls a liqueur and what I call an ext...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: NETTLE wine
Replies: 3
Views: 1281

Re: NETTLE wine

I am just about to bottle some nettle wine I started in June. I used nettle tea (15 bags) boiled in 1 gallon of water (4 L) for about five - ten minutes; removed the bags and when the tea had cooled I added about 18 oz (about 500 g) of Star-thistle honey. Am using a wine yeast (AW4) and the alcohol ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Hopless Ale

I routinely make a gruit mead - Those herbs were /are called gruit so the ale is not so much "hop - less" ale but a gruit ale. For my meads (and ales) for each gallon (4 liters) I add 1 tablespoon of each herb (about 15 grams) - I also add heather tips. My last batch used a scant 1 kg (2 lbs) of euc...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Apologies for the confusion. I want to add the extract to the mead. I want to use the vodka to extract the flavor from the cocoa nibs and add that extract to the wine. It's not the mead I have any questions about. It's the extract...
by BernardSmith
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: extracts vs liqueurs
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: extracts vs liqueurs

Thanks Maggie... I am trying to make a chocolate extract to add to some mead (honey wine) I am making. I have what I think is a reasonably flavored extract (using cocoa nibs) but if the extract should have more nibs or the extraction of flavor significantly changes after 4 weeks then I am looking fo...
by BernardSmith
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Productive fermenting day
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: Productive fermenting day

Just started a batch of sauerkraut last night. Never tried this before but after I had salted the shredded cabbage and had thumped it for a few minutes with a wooden hammer handle I used a gallon milk carton filled with water (8 lbs - or a hefty 3.6 kilo) to press down on a plate that pressed down o...