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Picked a load of elderberries yesterday in an attempt to make elderberry wine. I have no experience of home wine making so we shall have to see how it turns out.  Trouble is that, according to the book,  it takes two years to mature :wacko:

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My dad never drank but he use to make loads of different wines including elderberry. Good luck with it. I remember a friend of dads coming round to taste some wine. He only had a small glass full but he was afraid of driving home it was so strong, so be careful.

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I remember my father making his own beer when I was a child. After the fermenting process was over, he'd spread the hops on the garden and then dig them in.  One autumn, he made some marrow wine. I remember the marrow hanging up in the kitchen. Obviously, I didn't sample the results but dad was ill after a couple of glasses...it was so potent! He never made any more.

 

The wine makers in our family were Emily and George Ward at number 4 Garden Street. Both originating from farming families, they scoured the hedgerows for wine making materials. Their elderberry was excellent, apart from the year they had a batch of faulty corks and the whole lot exploded at 2 am one morning!

 

Emily also made raspberry vinegar for me. I was forced to drink it, hot, every winter as soon as I started coughing! Hated the stuff!

 

It's a vivid childhood memory, the large kitchen at Garden Street with earthenware vats on the scrubbed pine table. A slice of toast floated on the surface of each vat of wine. Never forget the smell. Happy days!

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Exploding bottles Jill. I had and still have wine racks in the kitchen. In the winter our kitchen gets very warm so we gradually took the wines to a more suitable place. ( we started drinking a bit more......not really but you know what I mean) We only left the moscato to move later, too late they all exploded all 6 of them. All over the adjacent wall into drawers and the cupboard underneath. The house never mind just the kitchen smelt like a wine cantina. The racks are still there but filled with empty bottles.

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We had innocent looking dear old lady in the village who used to make a variety of homemade wines. She  used to request our used wine bottles with punted bottoms. One year she threw an outdoor cheese and wine party. I have never seen so many people totally rat a***d in such a short time. Parsnip was a particular favourite. Whatever happened to cheese and wine evenings? They were a rather pleasant social institution. 

My father once supplied the wine for the local Conservative association’s ‘do’ many years ago. He had a wine merchant friend in Bakewell who let him have a cheap deal. The tickets were five bob (a long time ago) and there was no stipulation as to the amount of wine you could drink for your money. There we at least two, hitherto respectable ladies, who had to be carried out of the village hall on that occasion! :biggrin:

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I always think that cheese and wine go well together. Both products of a fermentation process. I suppose cheese and wine evenings have gone out of fashion...temporarily. Like most things, they'll be back when someone thinks they've discovered something new!

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Driving back home I passed an hedgerow just down the road from me that was full of wild hops, they were hanging out into the road, any good?

 

Rog

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I can speak for Mrs Red & I, we have never had a mouthful of wine between us, think it our council house Bilborough & Radford upbringing, wine to me was for posh people & winnos 

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Wine was thought to be for the upper crust. I didn't drink wine really until I was married and it took a while to get acquainted with it. I know what I like but know nothing at all about wines apart from it comes from grapes ( maybe I know a tiny bit more but can't tell you what wine it is ) My son has to know all about wine as it's his business and what he doesn't know as they say isn't worth knowing. In his cellar he has some very special wines at a price that I find unbelievable but he buys them at a high price and he has the clientele that demands that sort of wine. A couple from Holland dine often at his restaurant and take back thousands of euros of wine. His wine cellar is getting famous in this area.

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Could be hundred grand a bottle wouldn't put it on me chips  :crazy:

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Neither would I. I'd keep it on a pedestal 

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53 minutes ago, radfordred said:

can speak for Mrs Red & I, we have never had a mouthful of wine between us,

You don't know what you're missing, Rod! ;)

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I think I do Jill .....  Nothing  

 

Just Googled 'Pedestal' thinking it might be something you keep wine in/on, we have given loads bottles away over the years raffle prises, gifts from work etc must be connected don't drink Coca Cola either?  

Plus I don't  have drink in the house probably why I have trouble staying in? 

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I don't drink coca cola either, Rod. Lethal stuff! Even rots the pipes at the bottling plant! It's good for dissolving superglue though!

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I wouldn't drink the stuff if you paid me 3 quid a pint.  I come from near the home of Coca Cola,  Atlanta.  the locals call it Cocola.  :biggrin:  

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I'm told that it's also one of the most effective spermicides ever invented. Given the number of people who imbibe it, you'd think the world population would be declining. Sadly, not! 

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From items I've read, population may be declining in the west, apart from immigration.  Don't quote me on that, I don't have a link to a site that proves it.

 

Re.  Wine and beer making.  I started making beer in the late sixties.  you could buy all the stuff at Boots.  It made a pretty powerful brew.  I continued in Canada and added wine making too.  After some years I realized it was getting the better of me and could end in disaster.  Being hung over at work most days gets old.  So I quit.  Long story I won't go there.  As they say, just be safe out there.

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Err... used as a contraceptive Jill I don't think you'd drink it...………….   yada

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Anybody had a go at making Sloe Gin?  We do a lot of walking and noticed masses of sloes in the hedgerows a month or so ago.  We’ve never attempted home booze making and thought we could give Sloe Gin a go.  Went to various shops to buy some kit for the process but came back home with nothing so then thought we’d do a bit of googling.  We had no idea that to make Sloe Gin you start off with a bottle of vodka (or cheap gin) then put pricked Sloe berries in it, and there was us thinking that you start from scratch with half a kilo of berries and it miraculously turned into gin!   There are now so many different gins available in the shops  that to me it seems a pointless waste of time to faff about trying to make it.   We’ve recently bought a bottle of Silent Pool Gin, expensive but probably cheaper than the gin-making kit and it won’t be cluttering up a kitchen cupboard for ever more, it’s nearly empty already. 

 

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I have a damson tree in the garden and give the fruit to a friend who makes damson gin. I like neither damsons nor gin. When the damsons have done their stuff with the gin, she makes alcoholic damson jam with them! Waste not, want not!

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You don't need a kit Lizzie just big air tight jars Sloes sugar and a bottle of Gin.

Damson Gin is also very nice and after you have drained them dip them in dark 

Chocolate let them dry and you have some lovely liqueurs.

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Reminds me of my late MIL.  She was a teetotaller all her life but she liked to make some kind of fruit drink.  can't remember which fruit now.  It used to ferment a bit in the bottles.  Can't have been much or it would have blown the corks.  Late wife, girlfriend as she was rhen, and I used to love it.  MIL thought it had a funny taste.  We just used to laugh and have another glass.  :biggrin:

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Yes Lizzie its a bit of a faff but sort of rewarding when you've made it yourself. I don't know if you can buy 90% proof alcohol in UK but here you can and I've made quite a few liquors with it including Limoncello plain and cream. One year we had so much mint that I experimented and made a mint liquor. It consisted of keeping the leaves marinating for a while in the alcohol (can't remember how long) then strain and filter it. Think we had to wait a month before we could drink it. It was quite refreshing after a meal. I have also bottled fruit in alcohol, even sultanas when they've been in the cupboard too long and have gone dry. you eat the sultanas with ice-cream and then drink the liquid.

Haven't done anything like that for years , maybe next year I might make some cream limoncello .I saved some really nice bottles for it.

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