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Dandelion and Burdock Wine

Dandelion and Burdock Wine

This particular drink has been around for hundreds of years. The dandelion makes its earliest appearances in March and April, particularly on sunny days. Taraxacum officinale is its Latin name, but as children we knew it as ‘wee the bed’, or for the more romantically inclined, ‘love’s oracle’. These golden, daisy-like flowers are traditionally gathered […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Making Wine out of Jam

Making Wine out of Jam

  Sylvia Kent creates two fruit wines using home-made jam and marmalade. Many of the nation’s winemakers – whose interests often lie more in the cosiness of a warm kitchen – have no doubt already got started in the business of creating new and imaginative variations of many favourite wines. Although in the warmer months […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Making Mead

Making Mead

Mead has been popular going right back to Anglo-Saxon times, particularly for special occasions. It was widely made and drunk in pre-Reformation monasteries, and it was often monks who did much to improve bee-keeping standards at the time. Mead was often served in a wooden beaker called a ‘mazer’, and these famous ‘loving cups’, with […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Rosehip Wine

Rosehip Wine

Rose-hips from the wild rose (Rosa rugosa) have been used for centuries for food, drink and medicine. They can be found in many hedgerows, but health food stores and brewing shops also stock rose-hip shells, and you only require small quantities. Rose-hips don’t have much flesh beneath the skin, and are filled with tiny seeds […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner beans are wonderful cooked quickly and served with butter, but there often comes a point when we need to find different ways of using them, perhaps as an ingredient in chutneys and pickles, and, of course, in a multitude of vegetarian dishes. Sylvia Kent turns a couple of pounds of runner beans into a […]

By August 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Rhubarb Wine

Rhubarb Wine

Sylvia Kent shares one of her favourite county wines: INGREDIENTS 2kg pink rhubarb stalks                                                  250g sultanas, chopped 250g bananas, peeled 1kg granulated sugar 3.5 litres cooled boiled water 5g pectic enzyme Campden tablets 5g all-purpose wine yeast 5g yeast nutrient METHOD 1           Make up a starter bottle to activate the yeast.   PRE-ACTIVATING THE YEAST […]

How to Make Gorse Wine

How to Make Gorse Wine

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for Gorse wine: There are often many different wild flowers growing on allotments, and in fields and meadows in spring but one age-old plant that always seems to be in bloom, whatever the weather and season, is gorse (Ulex europaeus). There’s even an old country saying that goes: “When […]

By January 12, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
Five Must-make Wines to Make

Five Must-make Wines to Make

Wine making enthusiast and author of the entertaining blog, Ben’s Adventures in Wine Making, Ben Hardy suggests five must-make wines for the newbie winemaker. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/orange-wine-recipe/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/dandelion-wine/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/strawberry-wine-recipe/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/spiced-beetroot-wine/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/christmas-tutti-frutti-wine/   Each year I have my regulars, and these I make without fail. They are, in calendar order, Orange, Rhubarb, Elderflower, Gooseberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, […]

Christmas Tutti-frutti Wine

Christmas Tutti-frutti Wine

  Home made wine enthusiast, keen blogger and author of Ben’s Adventures in Wine Making, Ben Hardy turns his hand to making a Christmas Tutti-Fruitty wine, clearing out all the excess fruits he has foraged over the last twelve months to make space in his compact freezer. See also: Orange Wine Spiced Beetroot Wine Pineapple […]

By November 26, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
New Boss at the Helm of Vigo Presses

New Boss at the Helm of Vigo Presses

“I LIKED IT SO MUCH I BOUGHT THE COMPANY” Just like the seasons, things are changing at Vigo Presses. As we approach the end of one of the most ‘fruitful’ (excuse the pun) of the fruit-harvesting, juice making and cider making seasons, the company has changed ownership, with local cider and juice maker, Paul Courtney, […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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