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July 3rd, 2011
08:33 pm
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Friday, bottled a gallon of cider and a gallon of dandelion wine.
Saturday, did an awful lot of extreme bottle washing - they've been
stored in the garage, and not all were properly dried first...
Today, bottled 4 gallons (well, 17anarf litres) of FourStar gluten-free
ersatz beer.
None of it's really ready to drink!
OK we had a bottle of the dandelion with dinner today, quite pleasant,
bit peppery if anything, but a bit on the young side.
The syphonstarter taste of the cider revelas it to need at least a
couple of weeks in bottle before it'll be nice.
The beer likewise needs a couple of weeks, minimum.

I think the Earl Grey wine may be ready to bottle. The 4th batch of
cider is close. The mead's still not clear, but getting there. The
nettle's still not quite done.

The pear nectar and peach nectar experiments are decidedly odd.
2 inches of yeast crust at the top, 3 inches of sediment at the bottom,
the stuff in-between slowly clearing. I'm tempted to risk oxidation and
just funnel the lot into new demis via a muslin sieve.

I've got enough rassies to do a gallon of wine, so that happens
sometime in the coming week. And another visit to our redcurrant bush
in a couple of days will bump the yield up to enough for a gallon of

Somewhere up on the hills there are bilberries...

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Date:July 3rd, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
That's quite a range of home brew you've got going there. Have you tasted more than the dandelion wine yet? That's tasting after it's been bottled, rather than during production.
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I've been at it 10 months now, so we've had a few that are ready to drink. The plum, my first, was drinkable immediately but is just coming nice now. The elderberry was great immediately. The parsnip has always been nice but hoping it'll improve. This dandelion is the second lot, marginally different recipe to the first, which was also immediately drinkable but will hopefully improve. And we've done an ersatz beer before which was very good, and the cider I just bottled is the 3rd lot: the first two have been drunk. It's remarkable how easy it is to make good cider, but it does need aging (if you can call 3 weeks [min] "aging") unless you like roughish scrumpy.
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Impressive. You'd be a good advertisement for the home brew industry - every time I read your posts I toy with the notion of giving it a go.
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda surprised I haven't had to chuck anything away yet.
Except for the bottle washing it's all good fun, bar maybe stoning 9lbs of plums or stripping 4lbs of elderberries off the stalks, etc.
But it does take up a bit of space for the gear.
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
"I toy with the notion of giving it a go"

I dream of something like this:

Edited at 2011-07-03 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Where do you keep it all? Have you built an annexe?
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Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, we have a very large garage. Same area as the floor plan of the house, coz it's the basement if you look from the back, but the ground floor if you look from the front. So there's room for the car (when I have it tidy enough) plus all the bulk buys from Costco, washer, freezer, all the usual tools and junk you have in a garage, plus:
a chest of drawers with ingredients and chemicals and small bits of equipment, several shelves above that filled with demijohns and bigger equipment, enough space for a decent bottle collection, and a winerack (seperate from the rack of stuff from the Sunday Times Wine Club)
Also, L being a wonderful woman, she doesn't get annoyed if I have a few bits and pieces in the corner of the dining room or the worktop by the CH boiler for a few days. Eg, the beer was so heavy I really didn't want to hump that up and down the stairs so we had a 5 gallon bin living in the dining room for 9 days. And the bottled beer may not carbonate at garage temperature so that's hanging around for a week.

Edited at 2011-07-03 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 4th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
L being a wonderful woman

In truth, L, being a lazy cow, has a variety of bits and pieces of her own including household paperwork and knitting scattered about the living room and dining room and is therefore in no position to complain about brewing equipment which is at least for the benefit of both of us! Also it generally gets tidied on Sundays ready for dinner with Mum so it's not a big issue.
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