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by elfcurry
Thu Aug 12, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 22
Views: 18610

Re: The cellar !!

Why wait ina? If you have access to suitable fruit or veg and can get the essentials (yeast, steriliser, campden tabs, pectolase) quickly, why not start now if you have the time? Today I went out on foot to get fruit, both within 100m of home. I wanted enough cherry plums (to make a full batch with ...
by elfcurry
Wed Aug 11, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

Something else I've thought of. Most people make a gallon of wine, let it mature for a while and bottle it in nice, regular bottles with neat, pretty labels and corks and caps and put it in 'the cellar' to mature. Then one evening when their partner suggests they have a bottle with their meal, they ...
by elfcurry
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 22
Views: 18610

Re: The cellar !!

Getting on for two years later, what's in my cellar? Well, I finished consuming last year's production a few weeks ago so I have nothing in the cellar but 2021 production has started. So far I have 4 gallons of rhubarb wine, one each of raspberry, plum and apricot. The last two were made from fruit ...
by elfcurry
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

OK Bernard, I've calmed down now (over a year later!) :icon_smile: At first I didn't like being told I was doing it all wrong but I can see you're almost certainly doing it right and in comparison I'm a bit slapdash and lazy with my methods. I'd like to tell you and anyone else reading this why I do...
by elfcurry
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: I don't think I like Gooseberries
Replies: 12
Views: 7888

Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

Thanks for the links Flo. The RHS one looks simple to start with but I had to read it a few times and will again to understand. There's more judgement and counting than I expected!
by elfcurry
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Wanted: Fruit press for winemaking
Replies: 0
Views: 1574

Wanted: Fruit press for winemaking

I have rhubarb and gooseberries in the garden to make wine and in both cases I don't think I do a good job of pressing the fruit to get the maximum amount juice out. Most other wine isn't much of a problem as it's softer: plums etc. If you have on old fruit press I could make use of it. Price to be ...
by elfcurry
Sun May 30, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: I don't think I like Gooseberries
Replies: 12
Views: 7888

Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

I do like gooseberries. I'm hoping for a decent crop this year but I have a problem; I have one massive gooseberry bush which has grown over several years and each year produced almost nothing and I threatened it each time with being dug out and burnt. Two years ago it did produce a decent crop (10l...
by elfcurry
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden revamp
Replies: 9
Views: 6827

Re: Garden revamp

Dealing with the wind Various comments here, especiallially those of Green Aura make me think of a long-considered half-assed project idea about reducing the wind here. Background: I live at the high end of a sloping cul-de-sac. My semi-detached house faces the prevailing wind which I think follows...
by elfcurry
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

I've had the first 'free' day for a while (ie no need to drive later) and looking at my cellar (various plastic 2 litre fizzy drink bottles containing wine for medium storage) I decided to try my two attemps at rhubarb wine. (Please excuse spelling - I did try it) My first batch of rhubarb was only ...
by elfcurry
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Horseradish vodka
Replies: 7
Views: 9724

Re: Horseradish vodka

dilute with vodka !?
by elfcurry
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 22
Views: 18610

Re: The cellar !!

Weedo "what is the difference between cider an apple wine?" I've often wondered this too; I'm sure someone will enlighten us. Two Years? Two Years!!?? They must be kidding. I have had some which seem not very nice but I haven't immediately thrown away. Then I come back and taste again a month later...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

Weedo - thanks for your explanation. I find facts supported with numbers do help put things in perspective. I didn't think I was at much risk but I feel more relaxed about it now. You reminded me that I have some very old plum jam which I was given when a friend's mother died. He didn't like plum j...
by elfcurry
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

old tree man - I hadn't considered elderberry mostly because they look so small you must need a lot and I don't know where to get them. I was out for a walk two weekends ago with a group and someone pointed them out. I was slightly surprised to see their dark/black colour as they aren't familiar to...
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

old tree man - I've made what I call Blackberry wine for a few years and as I pick them in hedgerows I assume that's what you (less pretentiously) call bramble wine. Last year I made 5 gallons but none of it was as wonderful (by a long way) as what I made in the two previous years. I still have some...
by elfcurry
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Country Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 24813

Re: Country Wines

Thanks Maggie the stones were unmolested, so that gives me some comfort - and I won't blame you.

(Yes, I could and should find out but I thought I'd ask here.)

I'm off to transfer to the jar, during which I'll sample it. If you don't hear from me ....