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  1. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Keep us posted. This is my first attempt at a wine from actual fruit rather than some form of compound or fruit juice. If it works out I'll be so impressed but I don't get the opportunity to forage so relied on friends and family for this batch Cheers Tom
  2. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Day late but not to worry eh? Poured through an Aldi/Lidl veg bag. Remaining juice squeezed into receptacle then syphoned into demijohn. Little sample tasted quite pleasant, dry and friity with a bit of pucker about it, murky as hell though. Just about enough to reach the neck. Gravity at...
  3. soupdragon

    Help needed with wine kit

    If it's definitely stuck? Then I would recommend a restart yeast. Don't know if there's anything different about it from std yeast but it got a Cellar 7 kit going again for me that had stuck. I used the one from Crossmyloof. There's usage instructions on the site, pretty easy to follow. Good...
  4. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Day two. As above. Ditto for the next few days until I strain off the pulp Cheers Tom P.S. Assume ditto through to day seven
  5. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Day one. Nice pancake of fruity/foamy mushiness. All stirred in and lid replaced. Cheers Tom
  6. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    This morning. One level TSP of nutrient and a sachet of Wilko general purpose wine yeast (ec-1118 allegedly) stirred in and lid replaced. Cheers Tom
  7. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Right. I finally got my hands on some berries. 3lb 2oz washed, mashed up covered in 6 pints of boiling water and finally 2lb of sugar added. All mixed in and left to cool. Today, one crushed campden tablet and a teaspoon of pectolase added and stirred in. Smells very nice at this point, how...
  8. soupdragon

    foxbat's brewdays

    Good man. I'm sure I'm not the only person that would be glad if you can sort something out :smallcheers: Cheers Tom
  9. soupdragon

    Train between Liverpool and Blackpool 8pm on Sunday.

    Absolute scum. I hope they're caught and have their genitalia crushed in a vice. Dirty little b------s. I'll stop now before I get barred from the forum
  10. soupdragon

    Smilies.

    :hat:sick...:laugh8::?::beer1::vomitintoilet::cheers2::groupdancing::smallcheers:acheers.clapa:tinhat:aheadbuttasad.:coat::tongue::confused.::roll: I get 18. Phone, Xiaomi Poco x3 nfc running Android 11 on chrome mobile browser Cheers Tom
  11. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Just re read the instructions and it DOES say to mush the fruit up a bit. Must read properly and not skim over things Cheers Tom
  12. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Will do 🍷 Cheers Tom
  13. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    I remember my dear old dad mushing up fruit for one batch of wine once and from what knowledge I've garnered over the years I thought it odd that the Brewbitz recipe didn't do it? Will pick up some Wilko wine yeast (EC-1118 I'm told) along with the other usual suspects so I'm prepared when...
  14. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    I do like a bit of pucker in my wine. I remember doing "Richard's red" a while ago and added a really strong brew to it. Turned out ok but as it was red grape juice (Asda refrigerated) it worked out as expensive as a £30 ish kit if I scaled it up to 30 bottles. As a trial it was ok but it...
  15. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    I can drink the wine but I'd much rather it was around 12% so will adjust the ingredients accordingly. For me it's no more than a sipper at 16.5% but at 12 it's much easier on my palate. Oh and should I add the obligatory strong cup of Yorkshire tea when I make it myself? Cheers Tom
  16. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    So maybe the 3lb of sugar is the cause of the potent alcohol smell/taste then. Will be a while before daughter collects enough fruit for a small batch though Cheers Tom
  17. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Hi Stevie He didn't say which yeast he used but the bottle he gave me certainly isn't a sugary syrup. Aren't there plenty of yeasts that will ferment past 16.5? I'm sure that Lalvin EC118 will go up to 18%. 4lb fruit to 2lb of sugar does seem a better ballance so will see how much fruit my...
  18. soupdragon

    Blackberry wine brewbitz recipe

    Hi all Have I worked something out incorrectly or does the Brewbitz recipe for blackberry wine turn out at around 16.5%? 3lb of fruit (1.36kg) plus the same weight of sugar in 1 gallon (4.5 litres). So at about 5g of sugars per 100g from the fruit plus the table sugar gives a total of 1428g...
  19. soupdragon

    Yeast & hop shop?

    https://www.crossmyloofbrew.co.uk/ Another vote for Crossmyloof here 👍 Cheers Tom
  20. soupdragon

    Ritchies Beaverdale Wine Kits - Does anyone know?

    They do have a website Home - Bevie Or did you mean one for the general public to purchase from as that looks like it's for the trade rather than a wider audience? Cheers Tom .
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