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Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 15 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well, Ive started the elderflower cordial, and Ive just made Elderflower champagne. Ill be bottling it into screw top glass wine bottles, so hopefully, this will be successful.

Nicky cigreen



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 15 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'd never bottle elderflower champagne in glass bottles.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 15 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

In case of explosions?

Nicky cigreen



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 15 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
In case of explosions?

absolutely - it isn't that nice if a plastic bottle goes.. glass is lethal

and you can feel how tight a plastic bottle is and move it to the fridge/ let some pressure off before explosions

seriously, I wouldn't use glass

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 15 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

No, I know. Im being flippant. Ive started bottle conditioning my cider in glass bottles. It took a lot of experimentation before we got bombproof!

gz



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 20 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have just made a batch of Elderflower cordial using Nicky CiG 's recipe this time..for me I found it sweeter than I expected..I must have used a scaled down version of Minamoo's recipe before.
Looking at all the recipes I could see online, the sugar/water proportions vary greatly.
What do others use?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 20 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Still got loads from last year so haven’t made any. I really need to settle on a recipe

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 20 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

re glass and fermenting a chum of mine took out his room at cambridge with several demijohns of beer

double first but no sense

gz



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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My MIL managed to 'repaint' the inside of a cupboard with bramble wine she had plugged lightly with cotton wool instead of an air lock as she didn't have a spare one. Not as bad, but it went off in the middle of the night, so her and FIL had to spend half the night clearing up.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

gz wrote:
I have just made a batch of Elderflower cordial using Nicky CiG 's recipe this time..for me I found it sweeter than I expected..I must have used a scaled down version of Minamoo's recipe before.
Looking at all the recipes I could see online, the sugar/water proportions vary greatly.
What do others use?


I find that generally with cordial recipes, Rhubarb is the same and you risk losing the unique flavour and ending up with a generic sweet syrup.

Personally its elderflower champagne all the way for me, the alcohol content is pretty low so I can have it with breakfast, whilst driving, operating machinery, or give it to kids etc.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Do the kids drive or operate machinery once they've had it?

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
Do the kids drive or operate machinery once they've had it?


well, they think they can.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Excellent, I've always found confidence is key when driving or operating machinery

gz



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jonnyboy wrote:
gz wrote:
I have just made a batch of Elderflower cordial using Nicky CiG 's recipe this time..for me I found it sweeter than I expected..I must have used a scaled down version of Minamoo's recipe before.
Looking at all the recipes I could see online, the sugar/water proportions vary greatly.
What do others use?


I find that generally with cordial recipes, Rhubarb is the same and you risk losing the unique flavour and ending up with a generic sweet syrup.

Personally its elderflower champagne all the way for me, the alcohol content is pretty low so I can have it with breakfast, whilst driving, operating machinery, or give it to kids etc.

I have done the maths, compared all the recipes' sugar:water ratios and included the HMSO recipes..I have just started an Elderflower and Rose cordial, with reference to the Minamoo and River Cottage recipes. Hopefully this will retain the flavour over the sweetness

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