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by Mr E Mann
18 Dec 2007, 20:53
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Another sloe chutney
Replies: 6
Views: 13574

Just had the first taste of this chutney (I added some crab apples with the sloes) on some plain cream crackers. The vinegar has mellowed nicely and the overall taste is quite sweet. The only bit I'm not so keen on is the slightly dry aftertaste - presumably from the tannin in the skins. Not sure ho...
by Mr E Mann
05 Dec 2007, 18:15
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Determining the alcohol level
Replies: 11
Views: 16184

alternatively - just drink and enjoy :lol:
by Mr E Mann
26 Nov 2007, 20:49
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Rubber bung odours ??
Replies: 1
Views: 2264

I use a rubber bung in my demi-john and haven't noticed any adverse effects.
by Mr E Mann
19 Nov 2007, 19:37
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Syrupy sloe gin
Replies: 1
Views: 2543

I think it's probably down to the amount of sugar used. My first year's attempt had too much (for my taste) sugar and was more syrupy than my later/drier attempts.
by Mr E Mann
17 Nov 2007, 17:11
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Fermenting Sloes
Replies: 6
Views: 4588

Just had to throw away my first attempt at sloe wine (which was also my first attempt at winemaking) as the fermentation stopped and a mould had formed in the demi-john :-(
The rosehip I put into the demi-john today looks a lot more lively at the moment - so fingers crossed...
by Mr E Mann
02 Nov 2007, 16:00
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Almond odour
Replies: 3
Views: 3536

Could be from the stones - maybe one of those has split? Not sure if it's recommended to drink if that's the case :?
by Mr E Mann
24 Oct 2007, 12:36
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: First timer
Replies: 3
Views: 3057

I usually shake/turn the bottle daily for the first couple of weeks - at least until I forget....
by Mr E Mann
23 Oct 2007, 21:31
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Please Help
Replies: 5
Views: 3579

I'd be inclined to leave it until it's time to strain and bottle - you can add a little sugar syrup then if it still needs it - I quite like mine a little dry
by Mr E Mann
23 Oct 2007, 19:46
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: First timer
Replies: 3
Views: 3057

Hi Lorraine. Looks like you have all the ingredients necessary - you'll find the basic recipe at the top of this section. Good luck :D
by Mr E Mann
23 Oct 2007, 19:42
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Please Help
Replies: 5
Views: 3579

I think the problem is probably the use of icing sugar. I'm guessing that the fine grains may have almost solidified as the liquid became saturated with sugar. If you leave it as is - don't try to mix it further - and when you come to strain the liquid off you'll probably find the sugar residue will...
by Mr E Mann
20 Oct 2007, 22:40
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: Crab apple brandy
Replies: 1
Views: 5133

Reading between the lines of the distinct lack of replies :? I decided to put the crab apples in vodka - I'll update you on the result in a couple of months
by Mr E Mann
20 Oct 2007, 22:36
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: BULLACE PROOF
Replies: 22
Views: 39399

I have my suspicions that this year's vodka may contain a mixture of both sloe and bullace - I'm not complaining though :D
by Mr E Mann
15 Oct 2007, 20:00
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Another sloe chutney
Replies: 6
Views: 13574

Looks like I'm going to be busy Saturday - I'll let you know the results....
by Mr E Mann
11 Oct 2007, 19:37
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Another sloe chutney
Replies: 6
Views: 13574

I'm a chutney making virgin, but as I overpicked a bit at the the weekend and I currently have a glut of sloes, I'm thinking about giving this a try.
First of all - how many jam jars full does this recipe make? - and do I need a stainless steel saucepan or would any large pan do?
Thanks.
by Mr E Mann
11 Oct 2007, 15:54
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: A quick way to prick sloes
Replies: 25
Views: 22980

Just pricked a batch of partly thawed sloes with a dinner fork - much easier and less painful than my previous method with a darning needle! I did experiment with a cheese grater but it hardly marked the surface. It took about an hour while watching tv for enough to half fill a demi-john. This is th...