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by shinobi
29 Apr 2013, 20:05
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Blackthorn blossom
Replies: 1
Views: 3213

Blackthorn blossom

Hi, just a reminder that this time of year is when the blossom blooms (very late this year in the southeast!) it's an ideal time to spot future picking areas very quickly. The blossom is very easy to spot as it blooms before the leaves. This makes it stand out as few other trees are in leaf yet, let...
by shinobi
04 Oct 2009, 21:14
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes with blemishes & soft sloes
Replies: 1
Views: 1812

Re: Sloes with blemishes & soft sloes

Absolutely no problem as far as I'm concerned. Get 'em in the jar!

Shinobi
by shinobi
04 Oct 2009, 21:10
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 2
Views: 2045

Re: Hello Everyone

Hello and welcome to the forum. :D To answer some of your questions; I think the skins on the sloes burst when frozen, as the fluid expands as it's frozen into a solid. But I wouldn't be too bothered about the bursting. Sometimes they don't. I made my first batch of sloe gin years ago with Bombay sa...
by shinobi
24 Sep 2009, 23:41
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.
Replies: 16
Views: 5869

Re: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.

Blackthorn wrote:Whoops, sorry Shinobi!
No worries. :wink:

Just pulling your leg!!

Shinobi
by shinobi
24 Sep 2009, 23:36
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Used dark brown sugar...have I ruined my sloe gin??!!
Replies: 6
Views: 6042

Re: Used dark brown sugar...have I ruined my sloe gin??!!

dorset dumplin wrote:the flavour sloeblime[sorry]
Awwwwh. That was Puntastic!! :wink:

Welcome anyway. :D

Shinobi
by shinobi
23 Sep 2009, 20:31
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Looking like a good year!
Replies: 9
Views: 4191

Re: Looking like a good year!

One of the areas I went to had not one sloe below 6 feet from the ground. :cry: Just as well I'd bought my patented picking stick. :mrgreen: it's a 5 ft hoe handle that I've screwed an eye hook into each end. Very usefull for reaching the hard to reach branches. Just hook the branch lower down and e...
by shinobi
23 Sep 2009, 20:26
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Looking like a good year!
Replies: 9
Views: 4191

Re: Looking like a good year!

One of the areas I went to had not one sloe below 6 feet from the ground. :cry: Just as well I'd bought my patented picking stick. :mrgreen: it's a 5 ft hoe handle that I've screwed an eye hook into each end. Very usefull for reaching the hard to reach branches. Just hook the branch lower down and e...
by shinobi
23 Sep 2009, 19:10
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Looking like a good year!
Replies: 9
Views: 4191

Re: Looking like a good year!

I must confess, I too have been picking. :oops: Given up on waiting for the first frost here on the south coast. We hardly ever get them here anyway, and if I waited, they'd all be gone. Fell for that one when I first started! Here are some I saw on my favourite tree; http://img.photobucket.com/albu...
by shinobi
22 Sep 2009, 21:51
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Morning all - new to the forum
Replies: 10
Views: 3608

Re: Morning all - new to the forum

Unfortunately, the area is owned by the Environment agency. It's an area outside of Eastbourne called "the levels" and the ditches are used for drainage, so I guess the ditches are quite important! :wink: A blackthorn is officially a shrub, not a tree, so their lifespan is naturally shorter if unten...
by shinobi
22 Sep 2009, 21:31
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: When to pick sloes
Replies: 19
Views: 11978

Re: When to pick sloes

Here's to some good drinking this Christmas! http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/6264/winesmiley.gif If I could only pass on one piece of advice from my years of sloe gin making, it would be this; save one bottle for 'next' Christmas (Minimum!). You'll really love the way it mellows out over the year'...
by shinobi
22 Sep 2009, 21:15
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Used dark brown sugar...have I ruined my sloe gin??!!
Replies: 6
Views: 6042

Re: Used dark brown sugar...have I ruined my sloe gin??!!

Sorry, never used dark sugar. I'd be interested to see how it comes out. When the sugar dissolves, it'll lose the "muddy" look, but I feel it will be darker than normal.

The taste could be quite interesting .Might try a pint as well this year!!

Shinobi
by shinobi
22 Sep 2009, 20:44
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.
Replies: 16
Views: 5869

Re: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.

so select the PM button to the right of Shinobi's last post to get in touch with her Ahem, Sorry, I mean Ahem, There, is that deep enough for you Blackthorn? :? I am most certainly of the Male gender. :P And to Dawn, I appear to have lost my mind! I am going away to Devon with my family on Saturday...
by shinobi
21 Sep 2009, 20:49
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: When to pick sloes
Replies: 19
Views: 11978

Re: When to pick sloes

One thing I did notice while out picking today was that while all of the fruit seemed pretty soft and ripe, some were deep purple/blue while others had a whitish cloudy colouring/covering. I am sure this is normal, but I was wondering whether either type is better.. or is it all good? Hello, and we...
by shinobi
21 Sep 2009, 20:35
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Morning all - new to the forum
Replies: 10
Views: 3608

Re: Morning all - new to the forum

Sounds like a good crop over there! Just picked 13lb myself today! I try to wait as long as possible, but after last years dismal showing, I wasn't going to miss out this year! I too have a favourite hybrid tree that I return too every year. Fruit big as marbles!! But it looks like it might be the l...
by shinobi
21 Sep 2009, 20:19
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.
Replies: 16
Views: 5869

Re: Visiting American hoping to pick and bottle.

You're over for the right time. Picking season seems to be well and truly underway (I still feel it's too early, but the sloes are good and several trees are starting to shrivel already!) I hope someone in the London area can help out, as I'm on the south coast. However, if there's no takers, A trai...