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  • Grandfather a keen wine and beer maker. His beer was superb. His wine.... not so much...
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  • Posted in thread: What's in your fermenter(s)? on 05-30-2013 at 08:57 PM
    25ltrs of Ginger Champagne.... got a few more months to go. Joke is I have just tossed my
    Ginger Beer plant after making it solidly for 2 years, got tired of taking it on holiday with
    us. My friend, a...

  • Posted in thread: Re-brewing Cider on 03-06-2013 at 01:30 AM
    Finally 9 months after bottling it is now getting drinkable, the bitter taste - never using
    Granny Smiths EVER again - has finally gone and it is starting to mellow out. Thank goodness.
    Just tipped ou...

  • Posted in thread: brewing vs. happy wife - kitchen shared on 12-01-2012 at 12:54 AM
    You are going to have to encourage your wife to find a brew SHE enjoys!... Personally - being
    the wife that brews :) - clean as you go and I agree with the guys who said start earlier. I
    wouldn't want...

  • Posted in thread: Show us your Mead in a photo!!! on 12-01-2012 at 12:42 AM
    I've just finished my first 'rack' of my first mead and I know I have to put it away so it can
    be as undisturbed as possible, but currently it is glowing a rich gold on the window sill. I
    keep admirin...

  • Posted in thread: Rose hip Melomel/Metheglin on 10-08-2012 at 10:49 PM
    I made some rose hip jelly a while back - long laborious process best not done again - how do
    you think this would work in your recipe. Bearing in mind it was made with sugar & is
    concentrated already...

  • Posted in thread: Re-brewing Cider on 09-08-2012 at 11:35 PM
    using my banned brewing equipment has resulted in 5ltrs of rocket fuel. I've got to figure out
    how to smooth it out. It's proof is a bit iffy but it didn't freeze so it must be reasonable.
    I've tried ...

  • Posted in thread: Re-brewing Cider on 08-16-2012 at 06:33 AM
    OK that may explain why I have been having some problems. I have glass carboys and will use
    these next year for the new brew. Can't do it this year as I've already bottled. Good to know.
    Thank you ver...

  • Posted in thread: Improving pear cider on 08-11-2012 at 08:28 AM
    I had a similar problem with my pear cider but as one of the posts said it eventually got a
    little more peary (sp?) with age. My problem was the huge amount of sediment I had in the
    bottom of the barr...

  • Posted in thread: Re-brewing Cider on 08-02-2012 at 07:37 AM
    Thanks for that, yes I think I'll just forget about it for another month and by then it may
    have thought about itself enough. Fingers crossed. Next time I will use more sugar. 4th time
    lucky. Mind you...

  • Posted in thread: Craisin Hard Cider on 08-01-2012 at 08:10 AM
    I have basically had three 26ltr (7 gallon) barrells of apple juice, added a sachet of yeast
    per barrell and 500gr - 1kg of sugar per barrell.... then I just let it brew until it stopped
    burbling. In ...