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#16 Tis TM

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:03 am

theres no such thing as cheap gin.

made some bramble brandy the other day and was in tescos looking for the cheapes bottle i could find, bloody £5.49 for a quatre( i think thats what its called) 25cl bottle.

gin was £6.00 for the cheapest bottle.


Never tried bramble brandy... is it good?

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:10 am

theres no such thing as cheap gin.

made some bramble brandy the other day and was in tescos looking for the cheapes bottle i could find, bloody £5.49 for a quatre( i think thats what its called) 25cl bottle.

gin was £6.00 for the cheapest bottle.


Never tried bramble brandy... is it good?



ive never tasted it yet, i made it yesterday, it has to mature for a minimum of 3 months or so yet.

but judging by my headache and sore throat brandy on its own does the job just fine.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:58 pm

Don't know if this is the right topic to post it on but this orchard that I ferret on has a load of sloe trees and the old guy who owns the orchard said take what you want as he don't use it, and to be honest I didn't know what sloes even looked like till a few weeks ago and noticed that he had them in his orchard.....what a result.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 08:15 pm

i am picking some tomorry than just put them in the frezzer

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:43 pm

Does the sugar make it stronger like in home brew or is it purely just for
making it sweeter

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:27 am

Does the sugar make it stronger like in home brew or is it purely just for
making it sweeter

atb mexlad


I'm not atall sure on that, but regardless of the %age, you most deff need the sugar to sweeten the sour ole sloe!!

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:51 pm

Trees are full of fruit this year. Shall try some golden gages gin or vodca this year for a change I think.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:11 pm

After draining the berries from juice, pour melted chocolate over them, let set, to make alcholic chocolate sweets !

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:22 am

If you freeze em it saves pricking em as when frozen the skins split!

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:33 am

i mate me and my mates went out the other week and got about 8lb in weight worth but theres more to come yet cant wait as i say out for nout

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 01:39 pm

I personally will be picking sloes this Sunday. I have not tryed freezing I just use a blackthorn to prick them and then bottle straight away. Will be ready by Christmas and traditionally we all have a drop before going out New Years Eve. I use less sugar than most and always put 1 large or 2 small cinnamon sticks in with the berries/sugar and gin. Do the same for damson gin and vodka. The white powdery stuff on the outside of the sloe is, I belive a natural yeast.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 01:43 pm

Forgot to say Sloe gin or Vodka is great to use for a marinade on pigeon breasts or any red meat (hare venison etc) so make plenty!!

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 04:37 pm

cheers for replying everyone!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:12 pm

I personally will be picking sloes this Sunday. I have not tryed freezing I just use a blackthorn to prick them and then bottle straight away. Will be ready by Christmas and traditionally we all have a drop before going out New Years Eve. I use less sugar than most and always put 1 large or 2 small cinnamon sticks in with the berries/sugar and gin. Do the same for damson gin and vodka. The white powdery stuff on the outside of the sloe is, I belive a natural yeast.

I dont like drink too sweet either,how much sugar are you talking per lb?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 08:35 am

I personally will be picking sloes this Sunday. I have not tryed freezing I just use a blackthorn to prick them and then bottle straight away. Will be ready by Christmas and traditionally we all have a drop before going out New Years Eve. I use less sugar than most and always put 1 large or 2 small cinnamon sticks in with the berries/sugar and gin. Do the same for damson gin and vodka. The white powdery stuff on the outside of the sloe is, I belive a natural yeast.

I dont like drink too sweet either,how much sugar are you talking per lb?


1/4 to 1/2 lb of caster sugar per lb of sloes depending on taste. I personally use just in between. I always put in the cinnamon stick. I,ve been here in this village 21 years & this is the best year for big sloes I,ve ever seen. Best of luck Coca mate and do try it as a marinade. Did some sloes in poteen once but I prefer that without the sloes!!!




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