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Just a quick post to see what people have brewing this year? Sloes seem to be bountiful and the blackberries have been fantastic too . 

I have 

BlackBerry whisky 

Sloe gin 

Damson gin 

Damson rum 

And have also made a few jars of damson jam and blackberry jam . 

 

 

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We made blackberry jelly jam - loverly!

Also :

  • Damson Vodka
  • Blackberry Brandy (you just have to try it!)
  • Crab apple Vodka (new to us)

On the to-do list is sloe gin and Bullace Vodka, they aren't ripe yet.

:beer:

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Hmm blackberry brandy now that sounds intresting !? 

Also I hear a lot of me of rave about raspberry vodka is it really as good as everyone says? Never tried vodka and not massively keen on raspberries but think might have to give it a go ! 

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Whichever fruit you use, don't waste it.

When the fruit/pulp is removed, stir it into a good quality, gently melted plain chocolate and leave it (if you can) to set............MMmmmmmmm! 

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Even sloes?  Do you have to do anything to them?  Also when I did my damson I just pierced them a couple of times and left the stones in ? Is that ok ? 

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We put a slice in to sloes, bullace, and damsons, easier than pricking.

best to use ceramic blade

Edited by Yellow Bear

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I just squash them a bit breaking the skin.  Two litres of pear vodka set this morning and sliced them up quite small and will agitate for about a week.

Intend to try that dark chocolate deal, sounds good way to use the remains.

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I normally do some morello cherry brandy but an almost absence of cherries on my two trees prevented this.

Made some damson vodka for the first time as highly recommended on here.

However, the blackthorns around here were devoid of sloes but Wooder on here kindly came to my rescue and supplied me with sufficient sloes for this years batch of sloe gin.

OB

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12 hours ago, Robden said:

Whichever fruit you use, don't waste it.

When the fruit/pulp is removed, stir it into a good quality, gently melted plain chocolate and leave it (if you can) to set............MMmmmmmmm! 

You got me started, into Aldi this afternoon for 6 bars of dark chocolate .

Got home and removed the pulp from the sloes that had been soaking in vodka since December, had strained off the brew yesterday and was thinking of making jam before seeing this post.

And WOW, wife is now checking it out 😋 and l can’t say she’s alone 😳

Tomorrow it’s the Scotch and Gin’s turn.

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11 hours ago, Pigeon Shredder. said:

You got me started, into Aldi this afternoon for 6 bars of dark chocolate .

Got home and removed the pulp from the sloes that had been soaking in vodka since December, had strained off the brew yesterday and was thinking of making jam before seeing this post.

And WOW, wife is now checking it out 😋 and l can’t say she’s alone 😳

Tomorrow it’s the Scotch and Gin’s turn.

The sloes are excellent, they give a nice "tang."  Other fruit can be a bit sweet......mind you though, it still gets eaten......quickly.

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Was just giving my kilner jars a shake when I saw a single grain of wheat in my blackberry whisky! Is this ok ? Won't effect the drink in anyway ? 

 

Many thanks Ferret 

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I have just roasted some home grown cob nuts and added a few sultanas as a trial run to using the damazenes from the vodka I have brewing at the moment.

Used the Aldi dark chocolate, melted in a small saucepan sat in boiling water in a larger saucepan, takes seconds.   Just devoured the first block as desert after Sunday lunch, superb.

Looking forward to the damazenes being ready.

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Can you add cinnamon sticks to sloe gin ? Sure I read it on here before now That people use to? Is it any good ? My sloe gin has been sitting a week would it be ok to open it up and pop one in if I wanted to 🤔

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On ‎26‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 18:40, Ferret664 said:

Hmm blackberry brandy now that sounds intresting !? 

Also I hear a lot of me of rave about raspberry vodka is it really as good as everyone says? Never tried vodka and not massively keen on raspberries but think might have to give it a go ! 

Yes, BB - it's as good as it sounds.

I think my wife tried Raspberries which were nice but Strawberry Vodka is to die for - very moreish, it doesn't last long.

On ‎29‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 15:15, Ferret664 said:

Can you add cinnamon sticks to sloe gin ? Sure I read it on here before now That people use to? Is it any good ? My sloe gin has been sitting a week would it be ok to open it up and pop one in if I wanted to 🤔

I don't see why not, we open our jars to taste and adjust sweetness. It won't go off because sugar and alcohol are both preservatives. Let it steep until it tastes OK then remove it.

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Strawberry vodka eh?

ive been looking for my next 'infusion', thank you.

what ratio strawberries to vodka did you use?

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Just the 1 don't want to spoil it. 

Edited by B725

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On 26/09/2019 at 18:40, Ferret664 said:

Hmm blackberry brandy now that sounds intresting !? 

Also I hear a lot of me of rave about raspberry vodka is it really as good as everyone says? Never tried vodka and not massively keen on raspberries but think might have to give it a go ! 

Blackberry brandy is very nice, as is sloe brandy. Raspberry whiskey is good. Never tried raspberry vodka, I think a bottle may well be on the cards.

Searching around this section I've found loads of ideas to try. 

I've also just sourced some home distilled alcohol. Done a nice little deal on 5L @ 50% abv so I'm hoping to add a little extra punch to this years batch.

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Wife is quite fond of those tubs of kids sweets. The only one nobody will touch is the Parma violets BUT she reckons she could drink Parma Violet gin/vodka. Sounds a bit poncy to me but may be worth a shot

 

also,thought about apple/pear/cinnamon 

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Crabapple whiskey! I haven’t tried it but I’ve got a glut of them and I’ve found a recipe for it so I’m going make some this weekend! 

750g crabapples

70cl whisky

5 Tsbp sugar or honey

3 sliced fresh ginger

(or any spice you fancy, cinnamon, vanilla pod, cloves, cardamon)

1ltr jar add the chopped washed apples sugar and whisky and shake well

(I like to  just put the sugar and fruit together for a day or two before I add booze as it makes it more syrupy)

then treat as you would any other fruit ,shake/store in a dark place etc

 

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This years recipe for sloe gin is to 2/3 fill a 2l ginger bottle with berries, add 500g sugar and 1 litre of gin which then just needs a slight squeeze to eliminate the air.

 

Should be drinkable by Chistmas once rebottled.

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I've been lazy this year and missed the damson crop. I actually prefer them to sloes as they are sweeter and can be ready to drink a bit quicker.

I usually leave sloes 12 months to brew properly. 

I have got damsons from last years crop still in the loft. They need sorting out for this years Xmas gifting.

We do seem to have some decent sloe crops, so I'd better get out and grab some when they are ready.

Happy brewing.

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1 hour ago, hedge said:

I've been lazy this year and missed the damson crop. I actually prefer them to sloes as they are sweeter and can be ready to drink a bit quicker.

Where do you tend to find Damsons? What time of year is best for them?

 

Thanks

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