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July 12th, 2011
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For lack of owt else to post
A stocktake of homemade:
Drinkable - 13 bottles turbocider; 8 bottles dandelion; 2 bottles parsnip; 7 bottles plum; 2 bottles elderberry
Conditioning/clearing: 32 bottles+1.5ltr four star gf 'beer'; 1 gallon mead; 1 gallon Earl Grey;
Fermenting: 1 gallon Wurzel's Orange Wine; I gallon nettle; 2 gallon turbocider; 1 gallon turboperry; 1 gallon grape juice; 1 gallon raspberry; 1 gallon peach
About to start: 1 gallon redcurrant

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Date:July 12th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
For ages, it seemed like we didn't have much to actually drink, thanks to the relatively long time wine takes to make and the idea it tends to need a long aging. So I made more! And suddenly quite a lot of it is soon going to enter the drinkable-if-young category, and we'll have to start inviting people round. Or give it away.
Also it's a minor surprise I haven't had to chuck any away yet.
Still, I'd rather have too much than too little!

Edited at 2011-07-12 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 12th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
It gives you a chance to have a month off from making any now and then.

Pa used to make a 5 gallon bin of beer every weekend in the winter (if he wasn't mending the car), which produced enough for a bottle every evening through the year and time off in the summer when we were away.

It also meant that when they finally moved, he found a very large amount of booze buried in the bottom of the garage. The beer apparently aged very well and the wine was extremely drinkable.
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Date:July 13th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Yeh, a small part of the overproduction is to be able to leave some stuff alone for yeeeaaarrrrrs to see how it ages.
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Date:July 12th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
"Turboperry" sounds a bit like the bloke who won the Turner prize a few years ago quickly finishing off a painting.

Is there any difference between perry and pear cider, or is it just marketing?
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Date:July 12th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
In ye olden thymes, apples made cider and pears made perry.
Then Babycham gave perry a bad name.
So now we have cider and pear cider instead.
Although, the Yanks have always said "apple cider", so maybe it's not /quite/ that simple.
I may go and look in the OED later. Or not.
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