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by Blackthorn
31 Jan 2012, 15:53
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Fermenting sloes
Replies: 1
Views: 2800

Re: Fermenting sloes

Eight weeks?! If you'd also added the gin eight weeks ago you could be drinking the magenta magic by now! I can't really offer any advice on your fermenting mixture, but I'm sure we'd all like to know the outcome if you choose to bottle-up as usual. Probably worth half a bottle of gin as a test? Goo...
by Blackthorn
26 Oct 2011, 22:20
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: How long can you keep frozen sloes before making sloe gin?
Replies: 3
Views: 5948

Re: How long can you keep frozen sloes before making sloe gi

If you'd put them in gin - instead of a freezer - in 2009 you'd be drinking them by now :wink:

But to answer the question, I'm sure they'll be fine!
by Blackthorn
04 Oct 2011, 16:33
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Site maintenance and updates, Oct 2011...
Replies: 0
Views: 7033

Site maintenance and updates, Oct 2011...

I've just posted this in the Admin Hub! There will be a few odd looking graphics/logos etc on sloe.biz today (4 Oct 2011) while routine changes are made to the site software. All should return to normal - or better than normal - reasonably quickly. I'm a photographer, not a coder, so have to work v...
by Blackthorn
04 Oct 2011, 16:31
Forum: Site Announcements
Topic: Site maintenance and updates, Oct 2011...
Replies: 0
Views: 8207

Site maintenance and updates, Oct 2011...

There will be a few odd looking graphics/logos etc on sloe.biz today (4 Oct 2011) while routine changes are made to the site software. All should return to normal - or better than normal - reasonably quickly. I'm a photographer, not a coder, so have to work very carefully in the site back-end! Thank...
by Blackthorn
09 Sep 2011, 22:41
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: When to Pick Sloes?
Replies: 35
Views: 68171

Re: When to Pick Sloes?

spammeplease wrote:... some are a lovely greeny purple (what IS that colour called?), and only a few *look* ripe.
I think 'bloom' is the word you're looking for! Not strictly a colour, of course, but a subtle coating that changes in the light.
by Blackthorn
29 Aug 2011, 18:21
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: sloe gin help
Replies: 11
Views: 6706

Re: sloe gin help

now i'm even more confused! You deserve to be! Just start with a recipe and follow it. Here is the sloe.biz recipe: http://www.sloe.biz/pip/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=54 Unlike wine fermentation, and beer brewing, sloe gin is extremely simple and straight-forward. Add sloes and sugar to gin - and wait. Th...
by Blackthorn
24 Aug 2011, 21:47
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes in the North East?
Replies: 2
Views: 2627

Re: Sloes in the North East?

geordiejones wrote:... just post an e-mail address or phone number,
Regards Chris
Or click the PM button on right of screen to send a private message direct to generous Chris
by Blackthorn
02 Apr 2011, 22:39
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: HELP! My sloe gin doesn't taste right
Replies: 1
Views: 2249

Re: HELP! My sloe gin doesn't taste right

Was your 'same technique I used with my last batch' similar to the sloe.biz recipe? I noticed an (undesirable) nutty taste many years ago after I had left the sloes in a forgotten bottle for a few years - so nothing to do with your current problem. Were the sloes ripe? Your October sloes are sure to...
by Blackthorn
03 Dec 2010, 10:52
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Room Temperature
Replies: 1
Views: 1764

Re: Room Temperature

Probably perfectly OK in the garage. The 'cool dark place' is just some happy middle ground between a freezing garden shed and a shelf above a radiator in the house! In the old days, an unheated larder, or an understair cupboard would have been the cool dark place of choice.
by Blackthorn
17 Nov 2010, 19:45
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: brew urself
Replies: 11
Views: 5334

Re: brew urself

OK folks ... distilling your own gin is beyond the scope of this sloe.biz forum. Anyone still interested in possible blindness, or - worse - a visit from HMRC can easily follow the tips already posted by betty boop, and others, about home stills etc. Let's stick to sloe gin methods here, rather than...
by Blackthorn
14 Nov 2010, 10:45
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes too soft? Picked too late?
Replies: 7
Views: 5996

Re: Sloes too soft? Picked too late?

Put the sloes you've got into a bottle of gin - where they belong :D - or freeze so you can use them as if fresh at a later date. Two weeks in the 'fridge could easily turn into 3 weeks, so where to draw the line?!

"Pick/prick/bottle" and keep it simple!
by Blackthorn
09 Nov 2010, 09:49
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes too soft? Picked too late?
Replies: 7
Views: 5996

Re: Sloes too soft? Picked too late?

One advantage of the very ripe/very soft sloes is that they won't need pricking as the skins have probably already broken with handling - or 'squishy' in your words! Keeping cool in the 'fridge until ready for bottling kept them fresh; and mould is not likely after adding to the gin. Cider makers do...
by Blackthorn
21 Oct 2010, 11:06
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: is it possible to make sloe jam for toast?
Replies: 1
Views: 4972

Re: is it possible to make sloe jam for toast?

Have you checked the recipe here on sloe.biz?
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=43

Maybe this is a 'jelly' recipe because sloe skins are not really worth including. I haven't tried this recipe so can't really add any more. Good luck.
by Blackthorn
21 Oct 2010, 10:51
Forum: All other spirits etc
Topic: HELP!!! Sloe Whisky
Replies: 2
Views: 4884

Re: HELP!!! Sloe Whisky

You probably can't go wrong if you simply follow the sloe gin recipe on sloe.biz and substitute whisky for the gin. Only vary or change the recipe on your second batch - if you get that far. So stick with normal granulated sugar for your first batch, and only experiment with brown sugar and other va...
by Blackthorn
21 Oct 2010, 10:30
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: freezing sloes to make them split
Replies: 18
Views: 10593

Re: freezing sloes to make them split

Freezing for more than a day will not make them any 'more' frozen, so 24 hours is fine in my opinion. However, I think the benefits of freezing are slightly exaggerated and simply getting the sloes into bottles - and not the freezer - as soon as you can is a much better idea. If you do choose to fre...