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Making cider from scratch

Previously on here I’ve blogged about making “Turbo Cider”, but recently I went on a fantastic course run by Laurence Conisbee of Virtual Orchard where I learnt to make proper cider from scratch. So, first things first, I needed to get some apples. I soon realised that as I wasn’t buying in bulk this wasn’t […]

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Cupcake Recipes App for iPhone

Whilst I’m making various alcoholic concoctions, my wife is busy making cupcakes. What a combo! Anyway, she’s released a cupcake recipes app for iPhone and iPod Touch which has some amazing recipes (believe me, I’ve tasted them) and various tips and tricks of the trade. The company is the Messy Cake Company, and you can […]

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Sloe progress

Ha, “Sloe progess”! See what I did there? Ahahaha! Enough japery, on to the purpose of the post. It’s been one week since starting the sloe gin, and I’ve been swirling and gently shaking the demi-john every so often. Here’s what it’s looking like now: As you can see the sloes have made the gin […]

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How to make Sloe Gin

This time of year is great to go out picking sloes. I only really know of one use for them, but it’s a damn fine one – Sloe Gin. Simply put Sloe Gin is just gin with some sloes bunged in. However to make sure it tastes better than anything you can buy in the […]

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Pop

Well it’s been a while since posting, but I’m glad to report the cider turned out well and has been slipping down a treat. It also has a decent amount of fizz in it, which gets stronger the longer you leave it. Here’s a vid of me popping open a bottle! And here’s the golden […]

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Bottling it

This morning I took another gravity reading of the brew, and it was near as dammit down to 1.000. So the time has finally come to bottle it! Here’s how it went, with added photo fun… The first job is the worst. Sterilising. Yes it’s as tedious as it sounds, although for those of you […]

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It’s the final countdown, diddle-oo-doo…

The cider’s not quite there yet – this evening’s check shows it to be 1.003 – so it’s looking like a bottling session on Saturday. It’s got a good bright orange colour to it, in some way it’s a shame it’ll be hidden behind brown glass bottles. By the way, if you’re trying this yourself, […]

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Shhtop, itsh not ready yet…

Well it seems the fermentation has slowed up somewhat on these last stages. 1.008 yesterday and just down to 1.006 today. So not far off but not quite done yet… Oh, and I had to have a taste (just to make sure it’s on track you understand). Still smells a bit “fermenty” but tastes good. […]

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May 2011’s Turbo Cider

As the Wurzels once said, “I am a cider drinkerrr”. I do like a drop and these days like to experiment with making my own. I make “Turbo Cider”, which is pretty simple once you have the kit. It’s called “Turbo” as it’s very quick to brew and you can use off-the-shelf juice from the […]

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Well here it is

After ages of threatening to start a blog, I’ve finally done it. Quite nice actually to use such a click-and-go system such as WordPress. As a web developer the last thing I want to be doing when I get back from work is to code a blog. So, on with the show…

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