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Old 19 September 2013, 18:21   #61
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There was a woman in the news a few weeks back that had eaten the wrong mushroom and there was nothing they could do for her, no antidote or anything so the poor woman died.
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Old 19 September 2013, 18:35   #62
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There was a woman in the news a few weeks back that had eaten the wrong mushroom and there was nothing they could do for her, no antidote or anything so the poor woman died.
Aye.... In Scotland there were several lately I hate to tell you .. some posh nobs had a go at eating them and 'picked' the wrong 'uns'

What befuddles me .. is how some of them are so fatal ? sorry we are hyjaking mr willk's fine topic .... again ... with you .. Sir ..
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Old 19 September 2013, 18:45   #63
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Aye.... In Scotland there were several lately I hate to tell you .. some posh nobs had a go at eating them and 'picked' the wrong 'uns'

What befuddles me .. is how some of them are so fatal ? sorry we are hyjaking mr willk's fine topic .... again ... with you .. Sir ..
Actually, I think I mentioned wild mushrooms first and anyway it's in keeping with the "Good Life" subject matter of the thread. Picking wild mushrooms is like any other ability, you need to be shown good from bad and pay attention to what you're doing. Certain species are impossible to mistake, unless you're a terwat. If you can tell a trout from a bass, you can learn how to classify mushrooms. Mycotoxins are very nasty, so it pays to be alert. Our pickin' motto was "If in doubt, chuck it out"
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Of all the mushies out there, only about half a dozen found in the UK are REALLY good to eat, loads of others are edible, but are mediocre in flavour & texture. I stick to what I know. I have 3 books, If I get a positive ID in all 3, I let the missus try 'em.
Mushrooms of the UK & Europe by Roger Phillips is the acknowledged bible of all things fungi in Northern Europe& essential reading for anyone considering picking their own. Antonio Carluccios Quiet hunt is another.
Only 2 mushrooms are guaranteed to kill you, Death Cap & Destroying Angel, no known antidote for either. They basically turn your insides into blood soup which then runs out of various orifices. Thankfully both are very rare in the UK & are easy to identify.
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'' basically turn your insides into blood soup which then runs out of various orifices''........You've eaten at my Mother- Inlaws too then Pikey!!
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Annual problem. I live on the edge of woodland and they think I'm some sort of feckin' bird sanctuary. They and their thievin' cousin magpies have my heart broken. Traps and deportation for the Maggies, scare tactics for the Jays. I've seen up to six jays in there eating fruit off the branch. Mind you, when the local buzzard visits (and they do) they're nowhere to be seen...
our maggies and jays tend to to go if i knock one over and leave it for the others to see, tetleys extra strong tea bags will give you tannin without the bitterness of crabapples,
stick a bit of glucose in your brew and a lalvin champagne yeast you get a faster ferment and clears better
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our maggies and jays tend to to go if i knock one over and leave it for the others to see, tetleys extra strong tea bags will give you tannin without the bitterness of crabapples,
stick a bit of glucose in your brew and a lalvin champagne yeast you get a faster ferment and clears better
Curious, I was just about to post about this. I used to pop the odd one wiv me blunderbuss, but as time passes we get soft, so now I prefer to scare them or move them on to pastures greener. The owls and Peregrine weren't great at keeping the jays off. The maggies are quieter now (I think they aren't as territorial in the autumn) so I put a plastic maggie into one of the trees - no jays since! Good plan for next autumn then. The owls were good at keeping the finches away from the flower buds, so I'll deploy them in the early Spring.

I use either champagne or "cider" yeast - I suspect it's the same stuff. It arrived with other supplies today. My cider apples are high in soft tannins, so I don't use crab apples any more (just for a spicy pink crabapple jelly that goes well with cold meats and cider) A good day off next week and the first batch of dessert fruit go to a better place
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Curious, I was just about to post about this. I used to pop the odd one wiv me blunderbuss, but as time passes we get soft, so now I prefer to scare them or move them on to pastures greener. The owls and Peregrine weren't great at keeping the jays off. The maggies are quieter now (I think they aren't as territorial in the autumn) so I put a plastic maggie into one of the trees - no jays since! Good plan for next autumn then. The owls were good at keeping the finches away from the flower buds, so I'll deploy them in the early Spring.

I use either champagne or "cider" yeast - I suspect it's the same stuff. It arrived with other supplies today. My cider apples are high in soft tannins, so I don't use crab apples any more (just for a spicy pink crabapple jelly that goes well with cold meats and cider) A good day off next week and the first batch of dessert fruit go to a better place
birds soon get the message if they see a relative lying about looking as if a perigrine or a sparrowhawk has eaten it, i pluck a pigeon in the veg garden once a year to simulate a hawk kill and the pigeons avoid it like the plague, lalvin e1118 has always been good for me if you are feeling tight you can kick off with 1 packet and transfer the live culture between brews as you go on,my wifes family grow a few apples on your side of the water just south of moy, they dont brew though they just pulp em and flog them to duerrs
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I have a 500 gallon stainless steel milk tank and add 4 wheelbarrow load of apple mash after we press the juice out . We put 300 gallons fresh water, 2 bags of corn sugar and
champagne yeast. We do this while the weather is still warm.
We tape plastic sheet over the opening and watch it puff up as it works.

During the winter we get a cold east wind and everything is frozen for about 2 weeks

looking in the tank's hatch we see a big block of apple mash ice.

To drain the tank we open the 4 inch SS valve at the bottom.
out pours about 40 gallons of a mildly alcoholic liquid .
We call it "Bella Cooler"

ice cider- it tastes flat compared to the bottled cider but has a bit of kick

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oooooooh - sounds dangerously like "applejack" there Hank.

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