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by spammeplease
19 Nov 2013, 09:45
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: A quick way to prick sloes
Replies: 25
Views: 20946

Re: A quick way to prick sloes

I use a similar multi-pronged pricking device to hollogram. I call it a 'fork'. I'll try to get a picture of it so you can see. :P @OBG - doesn't squeezing them get a bit messy? I prick all of my sloes, even the ones picked after the frosts. It only takes 20 mins per batch and I get to inspect them ...
by spammeplease
23 Oct 2013, 15:01
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Anyone tried making epine?
Replies: 1
Views: 5408

Re: Anyone tried making epine?

Blackthorn leaves, eh? Never tried it myself but I do make a similar thing with Beech leaves (beech noyeau?) if I can catch them on the day they all come out. 2 versions - the wine one tastes disgusting, the gin one tastes disgusting but is strangely moreish.
by spammeplease
21 Sep 2013, 12:45
Forum: Damson gin
Topic: Picking and identifying Wild Damsons?
Replies: 3
Views: 19433

Re: Picking and identifying Wild Damsons?

I think there are 2 main things to consider, shape and taste. Damsons tend to be more elongated, plum-shaped if you like, and are not unpleasant to eat. If the big sloes you found are more spherical like a sloe and bitter or astringent to taste, then they may well be Bullace. These often have no tho...
by spammeplease
21 Sep 2013, 12:22
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Not looking like a good harvest this year
Replies: 63
Views: 35484

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

I refer you to my previous answer this time last year.. In my limited experience: - Some bushes never have any sloes; - Some bushes nearly always have sloes; - Some bushes inexplicably have loads of sloes one year; - Some bushes inexplicably have no sloes one year; - Some bushes pretend that they wo...
by spammeplease
20 Dec 2012, 10:20
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Cloudiness in sloe Gin - is this a problem?
Replies: 2
Views: 3547

Re: Cloudiness in sloe Gin - is this a problem?

I'd strain or filter it, taste and then drink it, me. The frozen sloes shoudn't affect it, but honey might. I sometimes notice a slightly thicker consistency around the berries in the jar but it's never been a problem.

Good luck and Merry Xmas!
by spammeplease
24 Oct 2012, 12:22
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Where can I find them in Lincolnshire!?!
Replies: 1
Views: 2691

Re: Where can I find them in Lincolnshire!?!

Willoughby Wood, Hoplands Wood, Tetford Wood or Claxby Chalkpit near you?

Bowl Alley Lane in Horncastle?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lincolnshire+wolds+blackthorn# :D
by spammeplease
08 Oct 2012, 12:06
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe harvest 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 14010

Re: Sloe harvest 2011

Whoops! Impatient double post!
by spammeplease
08 Oct 2012, 12:06
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe harvest 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 14010

Re: Sloe harvest 2011

I picked some yesterday, mainly because I met a couple coming the other way with a couple of carrier bagfuls and I didn't want to miss out, but it turned out that there are loads in one of my main sites. They certainly weren't over-ripe but were big and juicy, so it's getting towards picking time fo...
by spammeplease
25 Sep 2012, 22:10
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Not looking like a good harvest this year
Replies: 63
Views: 35484

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

I've been worrying about this thread whilst on holiday, but I've been now been able to have a good look at my main sites and it's not too bad at all. So I'll get ready to start picking first week in October, as usual. Sure, it's not a bumper year, but nothing like as bad as, say, 2008 when I had to ...
by spammeplease
25 Sep 2012, 14:35
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Google Adsense ads
Replies: 2
Views: 3197

Re: Google Adsense ads

I don't see any, so I guess it's because I have opted out. Doesn't take long, but doesn't work for all flavours of ads. My main irritation with that sort of thing is you get ads for things you have recently bought. :roll: Edit - Ah, yes, only on the index page. If you click on the adsense icon you c...
by spammeplease
03 Sep 2012, 13:49
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: lemon gin
Replies: 10
Views: 10447

Re: lemon gin

And the result is..... the Winner in our local country fair! I was chuffed to bits with that, as the sloe gin only got a 2nd (in a much more competitive class, though). I thought I had mucked it up when I used golden caster sugar, which turned it honey coloured, but the taste was great, with just a ...
by spammeplease
20 Aug 2012, 14:11
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Best time for picking
Replies: 2
Views: 3665

Re: Best time for picking

I can't see that it matters too much which time of day - you're lucky to have that problem as the days are getting shorter by the time they are ripe here in UK. I generally pick late in the day when I'm home from work, but for no other reason. I was in the Vendee last week where there were also mass...
by spammeplease
08 May 2012, 10:18
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe Gin Conundrum
Replies: 2
Views: 2932

Re: Sloe Gin Conundrum

That would be a LOT of evaporation which sounds improbable (but not impossible), so I'd go with either 1: you are having a forgetful moment and you used a lot less gin than you think - perhaps 2 bottles not 2 litres?; or 2: The teenagers have discovered the stash :) For the sloes to absorb that much...
by spammeplease
12 Apr 2012, 10:10
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: How to make sloe sherry or cider
Replies: 3
Views: 4532

Re: How to make sloe sherry or cider

I usuually put everything back in the same bottle it came out of (saves on the washing-up), but, as I said earlier, I'll often double up or split 3 batches into 2 on the sloes. This is primarily to use up all of my sloes - I make about 30 bottles a year :oops:, but don't really want that much shlerr...
by spammeplease
10 Apr 2012, 11:07
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: How to make sloe sherry or cider
Replies: 3
Views: 4532

Re: How to make sloe sherry or cider

For sherry, I just add Sainsbury's own-brand medium Amontillado and leave it for a month or so. This results in a fairly sweet end product. If you use a Fino, you get a much drier end product, which can be good served cold in the summer. I usually have loads of sloes to deal with so I often double t...