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  1. #2471
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    Hi to all. I joined a while ago but didn't get access. So forgot about the forum for a while. But I see now, that I'm in.
    I'm Mike. I used to make wine about 30 years ago. When the main supplier of products was Boots the chemists. My crowning achievement was a superb claret, from a concentrate.
    I'm now 70yo. I've lived in London for most of my life, but 9 months ago, moved to central Scotland. I now live in Callander, right on the gateway to the Highlands. My interest was rekindled when I saw how much 'raw material' was just lying around waiting to be gathered. Things happen a little slowly up here. For example, The elderflower has only just come into blossom. So that will be my first project. My nearest winemaking supplier, a health food shop' is 15 miles away. And the nearest Wilkos is 24 miles away. So one has to plan ahead, and keep a good supply of everything.
    Anyway. Look forward to chatting.

  2. #2472
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    Welcome aboard.

    I know what you mean about being a little rural - I tend to keep good stock of stuff in too. I am today planning to order some malt for my beer making - it is easiest to order it by the sack !

    Not so sure about wine - is Scotland not the place for whiskey making :-)
    Gluten free, caffeine free, dairy free, fat free you gotta love this red wine diet!

  3. #2473
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    Hi there. Aye, it is. But you might come up with a bit of competition from the Constabulary.
    One of the best things about living up here, is the water. For example. Our electric kettle is 7 years old now. Used many times a day. But inside, it still looks as if it was brand new out of the box yesterday.

  4. #2474
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    Knottingley West Yorkshire
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldfynche View Post
    Hi to all. I joined a while ago but didn't get access.
    Hi Mike

    Sorry about the wait for activation. I dont have the time to devote to the forum that I used to

    Welcome aboard.
    N.G.W.B.J.
    Member of 5 Towns Wine and Beer Makers Society (Yorkshire's newest)
    Wine, mead and beer maker

  5. #2475
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    Thankyou. I do understand. No problem.
    Due to adverse weather. I never did get out to 'harvest' the elderflower. I guess I will now just have to wait until they turn into elderberries. The weather can be very unpredictable up here. Driving down the Main Street, you can still see snow on some of the higher mountains!

  6. #2476
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    Hi there,
    My name is Carole-Anne and I'm just restarting a wine making hobby due to an excess of summer fruit!
    I'm also attempting pineapple wine after being told that its one you really must try and with pineapples being 50p each at Asda last week it was too good not to give it a go!
    I'm looking forwards to reading all your knowledge and adventures

    C.A.x

  7. #2477
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    Saying Hi, have been browsing for a while, picking up lots of tips. Used to make wine from kits about 25 years ago. Got busy with other life things and stopped , then dusted off my demijohns last year and started again from scratch. Realised I didn't know anything. Dug out my Berry book - which is now in two separate halves - really useful read. I think I'm finally beginning to comprehend how to use the hydrometer.

    Am currently drinking one year old ports and reds, some with unknown alcohol % as I wasn't doing the readings properly - also got some beer and mead awaiting my attention.

    Have 5 more gallons on the go bubbling away nicely - it's a good time of year for me to make wine as I'm busy in the garden come spring - plus there's no pesky vinegar flies around this time of year.

    Got a mead/melomel question so I guess I'll try and find where to post that. Have found the forum really useful. So thanks for all the generous tips and recipes.

    Why is it that when I pop my hydrometer into the jar to do a reading the numbers are always facing away from me? I wish someone would make an indestructible one - am on my fourth.

    Wendy - South Yorkshire

  8. #2478
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    Greetings. I go by Ukulele01 online, but my name is Christina. I live New Brunswick, Canada, where we have long, cold winters. Five years ago we bought a hobby farm and I retired, to look after it.

    I have been making beer from kits, and partial mashes, for years. Since we move to our hobby farm I have made a couple of batches of apple cider, and then I got into wine making just last fall. Actually I am not much of a wine drinker. The main reason I make wine is to serve as feed stock for the little vinegar making business I started. I am making country wines, trying to use ingredients I either grow myself or forage in the woods and ditches, to appeal to the "buy local" folks, and to offer flavours that are not commonly found in grocery stores.... But I am not hard nosed about the ingredients having to be local.

    FYI, I have never made a grape wine from a kit.

    Anyway, looking forward to learning lots from the experienced wine makers on the forum.


    Cheers,

    Christina.

  9. #2479
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    Just to introduce myself: I'm in rural Essex, UK, just west of Chelmsford, recently retired after 46 years of 'paid work' and I've revived a very old interest in winemaking that I first enjoyed in the 70s and early 80s when I bought various bits of kit from Boots and used CJJ Berry's books as the bible.

    I find it's all changed since then. Demijohns are 'out' (though still available if you've megabucks to spend), large Wilco containers are in. All-plastic fermentation traps have replaced fragile glass ones and the available yeasts are so much better. I've got growing stocks of beetroot (I have 3 allotments which produce mountains of the things). Likewise parsnip. The hedgerows around here produce lots of really good blackberries and I've also done four or five of the kit grape wines.

    None of them have so far turned out a disaster and a couple of the beetroot batches have been acclaimed by friends and acquaintances as 'remarkably good'.

    Having said that, I'm enjoying looking for new wines to try and better ways of doing it and thoroughly enjoying the products along the way.

    Regards,

    Tom.

  10. #2480
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    Hello to everyone. I have just joined the forum and look forward to being an active member. I am just starting wine making again after a number of years away. A career change put a stop to my wine making a number of years ago, lack of spare time being the problem. I now have the time to once again take up my favourite hobby. I am just in the process of collecting all the necessary equipment to get started and will probably start off with a kit. We have recently planted a number of grape vines in the garden with a view to producing both eating and wine grapes. There is a very good home brew shop just a few miles away that is very well stocked and the owner is very knowledgeable with regards to both wine and beer making. OK that is it for now. I look forward to posting again soon.
    Many thanks and kind regards
    GrapeApe

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