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    Recipe for Fruli Style Beer

    Hi, I've been wondering if anyone has come across a recipe similar to the commercial Fruli Beer? It's an amazing beer but a tad pricey where I live and would like to reproduce it at home. Thanks in advance James.
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    Swing Top Bottles

    Hi, It's been a while but I was wondering if anyone had any experience of keeping wine for extended periods in swing top bottles? I have a good few 75cl swing top bottles and was wondering if they would be of any use. They are ceramic with a rubber washer which doesn't seem to make contact...
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    How "According To Book" are people?

    Hi, I was just thinking today that there are times when I have been making wines that I have been very very gun-ho. I have only technically started and once I get the wedding and honeymoon over at the end of this month I have been given permission to "expand" my hobby. Currently I have been...
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    Good Hard lemonade

    Brilliant thanks. I'll bear that in mind.
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    Good Hard lemonade

    Hi, I am looking for a place to get my hands on Lemonade Concentrate in the UK (or Ireland). Anyone any ideas where to get this? Or what I can substitute it with? James.
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    Starting Issues and Resolution

    Thats fine. I'll persevere then I guess. I think I just get a bit paranoid at times. Thanks for all your help.
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    No gravity reading taken. Is it safe to bottle?

    Righty Ho. Well your current rate of fermentation I really wouldn't bottle. I'd let it sit for a good while longer. Is it need right away?
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    No gravity reading taken. Is it safe to bottle?

    Personally I wouldn't! User K-Sorbate and campden tablets to stop fermentation if you want to bottle it.
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    Starting Issues and Resolution

    Well it seems both ferments have stopped dead. They havent moved in a few hours. Whats the best thing to do in this case?
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    Starting Issues and Resolution

    Excellent thanks. The orange one seems to have picked up A BIT, not much but a bit. The tea one seems to have dropped a little but maybe thats just me being paranoid. Strange though - I used the same amount of cordial in all 3 and the elderfower smell from the Raisin one is strong (as with...
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    Starting Issues and Resolution

    Hello, I was hoping to get some feedback on this issue. BACKGROUND Started 3 x 1 gallon batches of Elderflower Wine (from Cordial - good results before). One had a mug of very strong (stewed) tea, another had 1kg raisins and the last had the rind of 3 oranges and the juice of 5...
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    Bottling Safety

    I am thinking I might just take the risk here to be honest. I might recork and just leave it. Chance are they will all be drunk soon enough anyway. I have been doing a lot of 1 gallon "experiments" - currently working on a lot of differing organic cordials. I plan on making bigger batches...
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    Bottling Safety

    Hello, I recently made a wine from a nice organic Summer berry cordial (1 gallon). After about 5 weeks (racked it once at the end of week 3) fermentation had slowed considerably, to about once every 15/20 minutes or so. I took a decision not to add campden or fermentaion stopper to the wine...
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    Another Overflow Question (Well Questions)

    Apologies for the volume of questions - eager to learn! I will be picking up a brew bucket in a couple of weeks I was just keen on getting started on a small brew. When is the best time to transfer from primary to secondary? My brew is bubbling away at about 1 bubble per second currently...
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    Topping Up In Secondary

    In a couple of days I plan on moving my Pear Wine to secondary. Due to the large amount of pulp and a bit of overflow there is going to be a fair bit of air at the top of the demi-john. I realise that it can be quite nasty (eg introducing bacteria etc) having a large air space so I assume this...
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    Another Overflow Question (Well Questions)

    For whats it's worth it stopped overflowing when I left for work it's settled down and bubbling like good un. That said I would still be keen to know - my must is all sitting at the top - do I need to break the cap daily to prevent the fermentation sticking? James
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    Another Overflow Question (Well Questions)

    The wine I am currently brewing (pear) along with the yeast I am using is creating a huge amount of overflow. It's been sitting for nearly 24hrs now and since yesterday at about 8 o'clock it's been overflowing into the bubbler airlock and out. My approach to this was to sterilise my other...
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    Handling Overflow

    Brilliant, thanks a million.
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    Handling Overflow

    Hi I just started a basic pear wine. I left plenty of room from the top of the demijohn (over 3 inches from the neck) but earlier it's really starting to creep up and within the next hour or so will start pushing through the airlock. What the best way to handle this? Let it happen and clean...
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    Sourcing Concentrates

    Orfy, Thanks a million for the feedback. It wasn't specifically apple I was after - it was more a general question. I had thought of lidl myself but nowhere near one at the minute. I'll bear that in mind. James.
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