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December 7th, 2010
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The plan
is to make a gallon of something each month, starting in the New Year

Poll #1654227 glug glug glug

What to make in January?

Parsnip
5(29.4%)
Carrot
0(0.0%)
Fig
4(23.5%)
Date
4(23.5%)
Mixed Citrus
3(17.6%)
Other, to be described in comments
1(5.9%)

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From:mhoulden
Date:December 7th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Elderberry and pea pod.
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From:mhoulden
Date:December 7th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I nicked mine from Google Images.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
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The elderberries are ALL GONE. If we manage to meet at all over christmas you can try some of the wine we made from them.

Peapod, maybe. Involves a lot of shelling. Does anybody just make wine out of the actual peas, I wonder?
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I have heard of such a recipe. Also of one which ends up with vodka rather than wine.
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:December 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
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You can make alcohol with old boot leather; the Russians have.

but that doesn't mean you *should*.

Mixed citrus booze; the new marmalade.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure where the fermentable sugars come from in old boot leather - the polish, perhaps.



Edited at 2010-12-07 09:30 pm (UTC)
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:December 7th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I'd go with whatever's in season and therefore readily available (cheap).
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I am of course using recipes from the great CJJBerry's "First steps in winemaking" - handily arranged by month.

Except the parsnip & carrot are just a couple I'm going to do sometime and they're always in the supermarket and pretty cheap.
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From:imc
Date:December 7th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Water. Start with the easy stuff and work up. Next month, orange squash.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Which reminds me: YB is on a squash&soda kick. Anything about soda water that's bad for 7 year olds?
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From:femsc
Date:December 7th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it just fizzy H2O?
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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No, it has sodium hydrogen carbonate (aka soda, hence the name) in it.

Sodium carbonate is harmless.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 7th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Oh it's just another name for bicarb
Thought the taste was familiar.
Let's see...

ORL-RAT LD50 4220 mg kg-1

Yeh, looks safe enough
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From:femsc
Date:December 8th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
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We were given Sodium Bicarb as a drink at school if we were feeling queasy. Not the best thing to give someone who was already feeling poorly...
I hadn't made the connection with soda water, though, so I guess the dilution is a great deal more (i.e. less of the stuff). I hated the 'cure all' remedy at school, but I'll happily drink soda water by the pint.

Presumably, if the bicarb remedy works, you can look forward to YB having a queasy-free life. Win all round, I'd say.
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From:popsock
Date:December 8th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
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It's gotta be Peapod Burgundy for the good life... (pun intended)
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 8th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
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Yeh... Sometime... Except: 1 gallon recipe includes 5lbs of pods. That's a LOT of peas!
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