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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:10 pm 
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Been doing it years, while the kits go against the grain (pardon the pun) for me, I have to add my vote to the woodfords wherry bandwagon :wink: Lovely stuff.

Now is the time to be foraging blackberries to make wine for Christmas 2013. We missed out this year (2011 crop) but last years batch was a real heady dark purple. Too much of it and you knew about it. Still have a bottle somewhere.

My favourite summer brew that you can drink within a few weeks like beer is elderflower 'champagne' it's like the lemonade you used to make as a kid, but with a headspin :lol: we made 20 litres this summer in the hope we could store some. Not so, too popular! :?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:46 pm 
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xerxes wrote:
Woodforde's do some home brew kits: http://www.woodfordes.co.uk/html/shop_online.html, I had a really good result with the Wherry.


They have also other interesting stuff...
Like this book:
http://www.woodfordes.co.uk/html/300beers.html

Now I never going to try it, as I had only 9beersinrow and have still bad feeling about that night... :shock: :? :oops:


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Forget about bottles and get yourself a pressure barrel. Much less hassle than washing bottles etc, worth the initial outlay and gives a much nicer "flavour" :D

Making good beer at home is a piece o' cake.

Wine is much more variable.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:03 am 
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dbmtb wrote:
I make our apples into cider....

But we had none this year!


Is that a simple Pick/Crush/Extract/Barrel/Wait/Drink process?

Do you use wooden i.e. oak barrels?


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bren wrote:
My favourite summer brew that you can drink within a few weeks like beer is elderflower 'champagne' it's like the lemonade you used to make as a kid, but with a headspin :lol: we made 20 litres this summer in the hope we could store some. Not so, too popular! :?


I was going to do this this year. I was going to put it on draught i.e. in the pressure barrel. But like you, we had no blossom this year so I decided to make beer!


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Bullpup wrote:
bren wrote:
My favourite summer brew that you can drink within a few weeks like beer is elderflower 'champagne' it's like the lemonade you used to make as a kid, but with a headspin :lol: we made 20 litres this summer in the hope we could store some. Not so, too popular! :?


I was going to do this this year. I was going to put it on draught i.e. in the pressure barrel. But like you, we had no blossom this year so I decided to make beer!


I made some that must have had some nice potent wild yeast in it. One bottle exploded and took the rest out in a sort of sweet smelling chain reaction.


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