What i'm brewing at the moment

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #224465 robert ford
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:27 am

Hello - I've been reading the forum for a while now and I've finally plucked up the courage to post!

What's the method/ingredients for the Ribena wine please? I've seen it made with jars of blackcurrants, but I'd like to take a look at the proper Ribena method.

I'm about to brew banana wine. Can't get hold of any grape concentrate so going to use grape and pomegranate squash. I'm not sure this will work....

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #224466 Green Aura
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:35 am

Hi Robert, welcome to Ish :wave:

I can't really help with your question but I'm sure one of our resident winos..... errrrrm experts will be along soon. :lol:

We have some Vimto wine brewing at the moment - I don't hold out to much hope for it's drinkability really - I can still smell that overpowering vanilla-ey smell even though it has been in the demijohn for months. It's still fermenting after about 4-5 months, although it took about a fortnight to start.
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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #224467 Carltonian Man
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:51 am

Hi Robert and welcome to ish

Hope this helps

This is one of the original recipes I have, the other uses 1.5lb of sugar

One 12oz bottle of Ribena Blackcurrant juice will make one gallon of wine. Dissolve 1.5 kilo (3lb) of sugar in some warm water, and add the blackcurrant juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes to drive off any preservative, cool, and pour into a gallon jar, filling it to the shoulder. Then add your chosen wine yeast, juice of half a lemon and 1tsp of yeast nutrient. Insert the airlock and stand the jar in a warm place for fermentation to get under way. When the first vigorous fermentation has died down after a fortnight or so, top up the jar with water to the bottom of the neck and re-insert the airlock, then continue with the fermentation in the usual way

I actually used supermarkets own 50% Hi-Juice cordial, it came out rather sweet. I’ve also tried it with 1kg sugar, 1 bottle of cordial and two litres of red grape juice. Again, very sweet, strong black-current flavour and slightly too strong alcohol for my tastes.

Good luck with it and let us know how you get on.

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #224477 robert ford
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:26 pm

Thank you Carltonian Man. That will definitely be the next recipe I make.

Thanks for the warm welcome Green Aura. Vimto wine sounds interesting!

I'll let you know how I get on with the banana wine!

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #224479 irigg
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:52 pm

1 Gallon apple and banana just started

kids not eating fruit is my gain this week lol :cheers: :drunken: :cheers: :drunken: :cheers: :drunken: :cheers: :drunken: :cheers:

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #225246 irigg
Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:47 am

1 Gallon gorse flower started
my son helped me pick the flowers :icon_smile: :icon_smile:

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226341 irigg
Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:03 pm

Cherry/apple cider

4lts juice from polish section in supermarket
1tsp yeast
1 cup of strong tea


all bubbling away very nicely and smells really nice

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226402 prison break fan
Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:27 am

irigg, did you put any sugar? pbf.

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226422 irigg
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:11 pm

no just the nat sugars in juice

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226481 prison break fan
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:24 am

Thanks for that, will definitely have a go. pbf.

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226488 irigg
Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:45 am

i'll let you know how it turns out :icon_smile: :icon_smile: :icon_smile: :drunken: :drunken:

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #226639 kevino
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:03 pm

Brewing 2 litres of red grape home grown.
1 demijohn of rose grape home grown.

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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #227863 MKG
Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:23 pm

We had a freezer clearout yesterday - I found 13.5 lbs of fruit at the bottom. That's 9.5 lbs of blackberries, 3 lbs of plums, 2 lbs of sloes and 2 lbs of rowanberries. So that's all gone into the 5-gallon bin with a couple of out-of-date litres of blueberry juice (with a bit of elderberry in that). Plus all the normal stuff like acid, sugar, etc.

Any offers as to what I should call it? Apart from a mess?

Mike

EDIT: Ahhhh - advancing age strikes!!! That is, of course, 16.5 lbs of fruit.
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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #227870 Green Aura
Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 pm

Well, Mike, we have mixed fruit 1, mixed fruit 2, unknown white(ish) mixed fruit and mixed berries 1 and 2.

That help? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Post: #227884 MKG
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:16 pm

That'll do nicely GA.

Unknown Reddish Mixed 1 it is, then. So ...

Today, I shall be brewing mainly Urmone.

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