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Started by Hundredsand on Sep 12, 2013 10:09:05 AM
Bung an Airlock in the Demi-john

If you've got stuff brewing in the cupboard, are you doing it because it gets cheap result, or is a tasty little hobby which can cost more than buying a bottle of plonk?

Hundredsand - 07 Sep 2021 17:13:48 (#644 of 663)

I have found a demijohn of elderflower wine made in 2019. I is very clear and I have racked to bottles. Dry, yet soft. I have been busy preparing elderberry wine and have a must started.

Had a mishap when some inebriates raided my kitchen cupboards and found a bottle containing the dregs of a 3 year old apple and grape wine which I had stored in a bottled labelled “sloe gin”. This was consumed, and no one suffered intestinally. They worked out that it probably was not sloe gin.

Tagyourit - 14 Sep 2021 16:14:11 (#645 of 663)

Anyone tried one of those Pinter kits that are being advertised on telly?

moto748 - 14 Sep 2021 18:15:25 (#646 of 663)

Is there a long pause before they're ready to drink?

djsuggz - 14 Sep 2021 19:34:03 (#647 of 663)


carterbrandon - 14 Sep 2021 20:44:15 (#648 of 663)

"I can't drink Guinness from a thick mug. I only like it out of a thin glass. I had a few sips but I couldn't finish it...."

djsuggz - 14 Sep 2021 20:46:40 (#649 of 663)

I am now well into making a lovely big batch of cider from juice I pressed from my own apples. All rather rustic and enjoyable work.

moto748 - 15 Sep 2021 14:45:00 (#650 of 663)

Good work!

I am well on with the stouts now, have brewed oatmeal stout and Irish stout successfully. The Search For The Perfect Bitter, proves, as ever, more difficult. However , I have high hopes for one loosely based on Black Sheep.

Hundredsand - 31 Oct 2021 17:18:40 (#651 of 663)

Early September I picked loads of sloes and soaked them in water until yesterday when I noticed they were beginning to ferment. So I sieved off the juice and have started in my fermenter with half dark brown sugar & white dissolved in boiled water. I added a teaspoon of good instant coffee and a stick of cinnamon. It smells very nice at the moment.

djsuggz - 31 Oct 2021 17:23:25 (#652 of 663)

Sounds interesting. Very seasonal.

I bottled my first go at Crabapple wine, yesterday.

‘Tis sharp. My yes. Summer spritzers next year, perhaps.

nemo75 - 31 Oct 2021 17:24:08 (#653 of 663)

sounds like a sex act.

djsuggz - 31 Oct 2021 17:41:12 (#654 of 663)

<Raises eyebrow>

nemo75 - 31 Oct 2021 17:42:05 (#655 of 663)


Hundredsand - 31 Oct 2021 17:45:17 (#656 of 663)

djsuggz Crabapple wine sounds great.

djsuggz - 31 Oct 2021 17:51:01 (#657 of 663)

Got a couple of trees down the end of the garden. Hundreds and hundreds of the buggers. I crushed them and put them in a muslin bag, steeped in boiling water for 24h. Plus orange slices, raisins, a bit of sugar, a couple of chemicals, yeast when it cooled and off we went. Siphoned into a demijohn and let it finish and start to clear. Got 30+ litres of booze out of the garden and neighbouring park, this Autumn.

djsuggz - 31 Oct 2021 17:53:03 (#658 of 663)

Year after next should provide me enough grapes to make my own blended red and white wines, all being well. Not lots - probably a half case of each, but fun projects.

BasilSeal - 08 Nov 2021 18:54:36 (#659 of 663)

I've got four large cider buckets going, the one o did first i added the yeast to on Thursday last week has just started to bubble out of the airlock. they seem a bit slow to start this year bu it's going well now. last years cider turned out very well, i've still got around 20 bottles and i'm going to try and save a few to see how they age.

This batch includes the last ever cider we'll make from the trees at the farm we rent next to Alton towers, as it's been bought by a brexit supporting billionaire who's kicked me off.

djsuggz - 10 Nov 2021 10:25:10 (#660 of 663)

Starting a new Winter project, later, given all the fruit stuff for the year is made and stored away to age/mature.

Coffee, dark sugar, raisin, cinnamon and orange peel mead. Half flavoured coffee (basically 2l of coffee I will let go cold with a flavouring bag lying in it) and half nice cheap pouring honey. Combine the two in a bucket for a fortnight with some dark sugar and raisins, then rack off the gunge and into a demijohn to finish and then clear. Theory says it will be 15-16% ABV, and sort of like a weak liqueur, to go with actual coffee. If it’s good, I’ll gift some in little jars.

Hundredsand - 02 Dec 2021 14:14:28 (#661 of 663)

Have I got impatient or is it taking ages for my wines to clear?

djsuggz - 02 Dec 2021 18:14:42 (#662 of 663)

Depends. If you’re using gravity, it can take months. If you’re using finings or glycerine, then only a week or two.

Hundredsand - 26 Apr 2022 16:50:18 (#663 of 663)

Bottle the elderberry.

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