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Old 04-09-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
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Lazy Sunday Afternoon here trawling through a few books etc and found this recipe in a 'Country Wine' Book. Now i know what to do with any 'leftover' hops from my beer brewing! This might be worth a go - anyone ever tried making one?

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3oz Hops
1oz Ginger (Bruised)
1 UK Gal (4.5Ltr) Water
8oz Raisins (Chopped)
2.5lb Sugar
2tsp Citric Acid
Yeast and Nutrient

Bring water to the boil, add hops and ginger and simmer for an hour. Strain the hot liquid onto the raisins and sugar, stir until the sugar dissolves. Leave to cool. Add the citric acid, yeast and nutrient. After about 5 days rack it off the raisins. Standard 'ferment out, add campden and rack til clear' instructions after that. Recommends not drinking it until 6 to 9 months after bottling.

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Old 04-09-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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This is weird enough I might try it.

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Old 04-09-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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i read that one before but am not brave enough to try it

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This is weird enough I might try it.
I agree! It's an odd one that might just warrant a go....
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Well I took the plunge yesterday and started one! I've varied the recipe as i didn't have enough hops (I only had just over 1.5 ounces of hallertau that i needed to use up - I know they're an aroma hop but i don't think it'll matter in this odd ball! ) and chucked in an extra half ounce of ginger (as i had that).
Bubbling nicely now. I'll see if it's worth it. No loss if it turns out rubbish as it was all ingredients I had in anyway from other brews and it's only a 1 UK gallon batch

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Old 04-22-2006, 01:03 PM   #6
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sounds interesting, and easy enough. i will definitley try it, cheers!

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Made a batch 5/2006. I'm trying a sample right now. The bitterness is subdued, almost an aftertaste. Nose is mainly raisin. not surprising after 18 months. SG was 1.125, 1.030 at 9 months, FG of 1.008. Still somewhat sweet, reminds me most of a port. I think I'll bottle it without priming.

After sipping about 1/2 ounce, my upper lip is numb.

How'd everyone else's turn out?

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