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Old 10 November 2013, 16:56   #111
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I'd toyed with the idea. I even had my eye on one of those tall glass jars the French use. There's one problem - vinegar making bacteria are the bogeymen of the cidermaker. They spoil cider so we tend not to want to encourage their numbers around the work area...

A bit of acidity might be needed in the blend anyway. Previously I've mixed the apples in the percentage I thought might be right to get a balanced juice.
My French mucker has a small wooden barrel that's been in the family for yonks, he just tops it up, waits a week or so & pokes a tube through the crust & syphons some off. The culture & barrel are family heirlooms, each family's vinegar has it's own "terroir"
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...and probably sup a few pints while you're waiting for them
say when
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The culture & barrel are family heirlooms, each family's vinegar has it's own "terroir"
Ah stop! The one I saw was clear glass. The "mother of vinegar" has drifting around in it like a dalek's brain in pus - barf making stuff!
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Ah stop! The one I saw was clear glass. The "mother of vinegar" has drifting around in it like a dalek's brain in pus - barf making stuff!
Aye, a bit like an oyster, but tastes wonderful
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just enjoying a mug of my sparkling cider
so cheers guys
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A couple of sides ready for New Year's Eve , just taken them out of the smoker. Cured in Demerara sugar, sea salt, Old Pultney & crushed coriander seeds. After that, 18hrs over oak smoke. Should go down well with a nice Islay or 3

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A couple of sides ready for New Year's Eve , just taken them out of the smoker. Cured in Demerara sugar, sea salt, Old Pultney & crushed coriander seeds. After that, 18hrs over oak smoke. Should go down well with a nice Islay or 3

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Mmm!! Now they do look tasty what time do you want us there ??
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They DO look moreish.

An update on the electric lemonade - Batch 1 is ready for blending but Batch 2 (the Good Stuff) has just had it's first racking and needs a month or so to settle down before blending with Batch 1 and bottling. It looks and smells good though.

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They DO look moreish.

An update on the electric lemonade - Batch 1 is ready for blending but Batch 2 (the Good Stuff) has just had it's first racking and needs a month or so to settle down before blending with Batch 1 and bottling. It looks and smells good though.

Tell you what, the next time we're over, bring some of your cider & I'll bring some salmon, we can have a welcome party in the marina
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Tell you what, the next time we're over, bring some of your cider & I'll bring some salmon, we can have a welcome party in the marina
I'll possibly get as much of that as I got of the cake you brought over last year!!
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