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gil
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 13 11:36 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

It can be good - the secret is to not use too much rhubarb; and to add a one litre carton of white grape juice to give it body and smoothness.
Most recipes vastly overdo the rhubarb, and then it is too acidic / astringent.

If you like rhubarb to eat, you should like the wine.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 13 2:52 pm    Post subject: Potato wine Reply with quote    

gardening-girl wrote:
foggy wrote:
Potato wine is surprisingly easy, and totally delicious (& very strong) and drinkable after 9 months!




Recipe?


Ok, here goes!

I adapted this recipe from various different ones I found on t'internet.

Makes approx 1 Gallon/5ish litres.

2kg old potatoes
1.5kg sugar
125-150g raisins
Juice of 2 lemons
White Wine Yeast & Yeast Nutrient

Wash potatoes & cut into cubes, don't peel them.
Boil the potoes in 4.5 litres of water, and simmer until tender.
Strain onto sugar and raisins, and mix well.
When cool, add the lemon juice, yeast & nutrient.
Ferment for 4 days in bucket, then strain into Demi-John.

I racked after 2 months, then again after 4 months and waited for it to clear (approx another 2-3 months) before bottling.


Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 13 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive been up in the night again.....so spent a while searching for recipes and info on homebrew (this spring's project).

Q - what is yeast nutrient and do I really need it?
Q - when recipes ask for grape juice concentrate can I use supermarket grape juice (and just reduce the voume of water in recipe to compensate)?
Q - Do I need a straining bag?
Q - Do I leave the stuff to ferment in fermentation bucket with yeast, and then pour into demijohns?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 13 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

have now done the dandelion beer and dandelion wine.
Kitchen smells lovely and lemony, but have to say, the beer (with the whole plants) looks nicer than the wine.
When they tell you to remove as much green as you can, do they mean just pull the petals off and use these?

Still......nothing ventured...

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 13 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Ive been up in the night again.....so spent a while searching for recipes and info on homebrew (this spring's project).

Q - what is yeast nutrient and do I really need it?

Not if you use grape juice, which I would tend to always use in a homebrew wine just to give some extra body - especially with leaf/flower wines

Q - when recipes ask for grape juice concentrate can I use supermarket grape juice (and just reduce the voume of water in recipe to compensate)?

yes. I would use between half and one litre of grape juice per gallon demijohn. If I were only making 1 gallon, I'd probably use the entire carton. If I were making 2 gallons, I'd split the carton between them

Q - Do I need a straining bag?

yes, but an old clean pillowcase will do nicely

Q - Do I leave the stuff to ferment in fermentation bucket with yeast, and then pour into demijohns?

Yes, for about 5-7 days - 4-5 for flowers/leaves as they give up their flavours to the brew faster than fruit


gil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 13 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds good so far !

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
have now done the dandelion beer and dandelion wine.
Kitchen smells lovely and lemony, but have to say, the beer (with the whole plants) looks nicer than the wine.
When they tell you to remove as much green as you can, do they mean just pull the petals off and use these?
..



yes. that's why it takes so flippin' long to get enough dandelions to make a gallon

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 13 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tomorrow......nettle beer and possible rhubarb wine.

Truffle



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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 13 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
Sounds good so far !

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
have now done the dandelion beer and dandelion wine.
Kitchen smells lovely and lemony, but have to say, the beer (with the whole plants) looks nicer than the wine.
When they tell you to remove as much green as you can, do they mean just pull the petals off and use these?
..



yes. that's why it takes so flippin' long to get enough dandelions to make a gallon


I just snip the calyx off with a pair of scissors, its a much easier way to process

truffle

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I went to my friend's homebrew shop and bought a straining bag (very fine arnt they?), a beer kit (John was with me), a demi-john cleaning brush (mine never got into the corners) and some different yeasts (he suggested a specific one for doing the rhubarb because of the malic acid)...
and forgot the grape juice concentrate .

So off to Lidl's (at a normal time, not now) to try and get some grape juice without preservatives etc.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
It can be good - the secret is to not use too much rhubarb; and to add a one litre carton of white grape juice to give it body and smoothness.
Most recipes vastly overdo the rhubarb, and then it is too acidic / astringent.

I think all the recipes I've looked at are 1kg rhubarb, 1kg sugar, and variatons on method and extras.
I've tried making it a couple of times, results are not unpleasant, but definitely lacking something... I'll try the grape juice this time.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 13 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Update -
the dandelion beer is in bottles now and fizzing gently.
the dandelion wine is in a demijohn with airlock - I had to top it up to the shoulder with water and added a teasponn of nutrient. Its now fizzing away like crazy.
Both are a nice colour ans smell.
I am doing the rhubarb now, ...and have been really bitten by the bug!

gil
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 13 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
gil wrote:
It can be good - the secret is to not use too much rhubarb; and to add a one litre carton of white grape juice to give it body and smoothness.
Most recipes vastly overdo the rhubarb, and then it is too acidic / astringent.

I think all the recipes I've looked at are 1kg rhubarb, 1kg sugar, and variatons on method and extras.
I've tried making it a couple of times, results are not unpleasant, but definitely lacking something... I'll try the grape juice this time.


I eventually used 1.5lbs of rhubarb per gallon, even less than your 1kg. And the standard 1kg sugar. Though if you are going to add grape juice, you can reduce to 2lb sugar/ gall, or even 1.75lb. There is a surprisingly large amount of sugar in a litre of grape juice, so you can reduce actual granulated accordingly.

I reckon the other secret of making nice rhubarb wine is not to make it too strong. You want to end up with a light, dry white/rose. So easy on the sugar too. None of this 2.5-3lb/gallon.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 13 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you know when its finished fermnenting?

The rhubarb and dandelion wine have been in demi-johns and are doing nowt.

After sitting them in the fermentation buckets in the conservatory (warm) when the rhubarb did its thing quite quietly, and the dandelion wine was going like a train, Ive put them into demijohns. the dandelion continued to fizz a bit until a week ago. now both have stopped - no bubbles, some sediment in bottom of jar.

Should I be racking now?

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 13 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you got a hydrometer? It sounds as if they have though.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 13 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, have a hydrometer...

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