A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
A Homemade Life
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Who is online?
In total there are 2 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 2 Guests

None

Most users ever online was 112 on 8th October 2020, 7:09 am
Latest topics
» The October garden
by freebird Today at 9:28 am

» Tomato Relish
by freebird 21st October 2020, 9:57 pm

» What are you harvesting today?
by freebird 20th October 2020, 9:05 am

» Ross Cobbs
by FloBear 19th October 2020, 7:19 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by Dandelion 7th October 2020, 9:50 pm

» Red Mite
by Dandelion 19th September 2020, 10:33 pm

» The September Garden
by Dandelion 14th September 2020, 9:59 pm

» Bit of a wobble
by Dandelion 17th August 2020, 9:48 pm

» Ex-commercial hens
by Dandelion 17th August 2020, 9:45 pm

» Welcome guest
by FloBear 12th August 2020, 9:44 pm

» Pesky blackbirds
by Chilli-head 10th August 2020, 11:16 pm

» Cambridge replacement folk service
by Chilli-head 4th August 2020, 1:09 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by freebird 20th July 2020, 8:14 pm

» July - welcome to the Autumn garden !
by Dandelion 16th July 2020, 6:35 pm

» What can I do with ...?
by Dandelion 5th July 2020, 10:42 pm

» New Kiva loan
by Dandelion 3rd July 2020, 12:37 pm

» Allotment
by freebird 2nd July 2020, 8:43 pm

» New arrivals
by FloBear 29th June 2020, 7:38 pm

» Likes/dislikes
by Chilli-head 24th June 2020, 11:18 am

» The June garden
by Chilli-head 23rd June 2020, 10:50 am

Statistics
We have 250 registered users
The newest registered user is Jeleleli

Our users have posted a total of 46991 messages in 2382 subjects
Donate to our chosen Charity
Damson gin Kiva10
Homemade Life forum supports Kiva micro-loans: supporting people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. You can donate here
Pages we like:

Damson gin Hca_button

HML on FaceBook

Damson gin

Go down

default Damson gin

Post by MrsC on 11th August 2011, 10:32 am

Anyone got any good recipes? I have a damson tree in the garden, but this is the first year that I've actually been organised enough to collect the damsons. I'm assuming it's as simple as gin, damsons and sugar in a demijohn, but guidance on quantities and any other tips much appreciated.

Also, I'll be asking on the local freecycle list in a mo, but if that doesn't work (which sadly I'm not hopeful about) can anyone in the UK recommend a good cheap source of glass demijohns?

Many thanks.

Mrs C x

................................................................................................................................
My blog, Being Mrs C: http://www.beingmrsc.com
Mr C and my other project, UK Nature Blog: http://www.uknatureblog.com
MrsC
MrsC
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 1876
Join date : 2009-11-10
Location : St Albans

http://www.beingmrsc.com

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th August 2011, 10:51 am

exactly the same as sloe gin, Mrs C

................................................................................................................................
www.killandcure.net/blog/
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid

Posts : 2942
Join date : 2009-11-08
Location : Schloss Rhomboid, Carpathia.

http://www.killandcure.net/blog/

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Compostwoman on 11th August 2011, 12:20 pm

As Billy said - I make Damson ( and other fruits) Vodka, as we don't like Gin.

I make mine in a larger Kilner type jar - much easier to get the fruits out at the end ( and re soak them in Sherry - which is delish after a few weeks...!) and generally much easier - but you could use Jam jars or any largish lidded glass jar

Also I need the DJ's for wine, cider etc....
avatar
Compostwoman

Posts : 5688
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by MrsC on 11th August 2011, 12:27 pm

Thanks for the Kilner Jar idea. Any views on quantities?

Mrs C

................................................................................................................................
My blog, Being Mrs C: http://www.beingmrsc.com
Mr C and my other project, UK Nature Blog: http://www.uknatureblog.com
MrsC
MrsC
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 1876
Join date : 2009-11-10
Location : St Albans

http://www.beingmrsc.com

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Compostwoman on 11th August 2011, 12:33 pm

Erm...I will go and look at my Vodka estimate guidelines.....back in a mo...
avatar
Compostwoman

Posts : 5688
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by MrsC on 11th August 2011, 12:34 pm

Thank you! x

Mrs C

................................................................................................................................
My blog, Being Mrs C: http://www.beingmrsc.com
Mr C and my other project, UK Nature Blog: http://www.uknatureblog.com
MrsC
MrsC
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 1876
Join date : 2009-11-10
Location : St Albans

http://www.beingmrsc.com

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Compostwoman on 11th August 2011, 12:50 pm

Right

Damson or Blackcurrant Vodka

Kilner jar size : Fruit : Sugar

2 : 2 lb :12 oz

1.5: 1.5 lb: 9 oz

0.5l : 0.5 lb :3oz


Sorry about the mix of units...

I think you tried some of this last year?

Tayberries and Plums I did 18 oz to 9 oz sugar in a 2 L jar ( bcause they are sweeter)

Freeze the fruit first ( to avoid having to prick it!) or prick each fruit. Wash well and if desired steliise the jar - I tend to hot wash only and it has been ok but up to you!

And then add Vodka to the top of the jar - you will need at least a couple of bottles - 75 cl bottle will be needed of the 1 ltr jar - but it is all a bit of trial and error as it depends on the packing density of the fruit in the jar....

Spirit does not need to be very high quality but don't use "value" either........keep shaking over the course of several days or until all the sugar has disolved then store in a cool dark place. Taste occasionally (!) Is best if kept for several years but is ok after one.


Better to add less sugar at the start, though, as if it is not sweet enough to taste you can always add more...
avatar
Compostwoman

Posts : 5688
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th August 2011, 1:37 pm

I quite happily use Value brand gin or vodka - it is only the alcohol you are after, the flavour will be imparted by the fruit. Same for Nocio or Rumtopf.

I tend to use somewhat less sugar as I like my sloe/damson etc to be a bit tart - I find it cloying if over-sweet.

I would keep turning every couple of days for a month . Can be racked off after six months, definitely after a year.

................................................................................................................................
www.killandcure.net/blog/
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid

Posts : 2942
Join date : 2009-11-08
Location : Schloss Rhomboid, Carpathia.

http://www.killandcure.net/blog/

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Compostwoman on 11th August 2011, 2:01 pm

I have had "odd" tastes with the very bottom of the range Vodka - so tend to go for slightly more expensive to avoid this issue. But not much further up the cost ladder..... Very Happy

With Vodka and Damsons I find the sugar goes within a few days of shaking - but we DO shake it up a fair bit...

Dunno about Gin - maybe as it is slightly "oilier" the sugar takes longer?

Anyway, to each their own method..I am just saying to Mrs C what works for us , here...

Oh and the fruit needs to be still frozen when you tip the spirit onto it as that is what splits it a bit as a substitute for pricking...
avatar
Compostwoman

Posts : 5688
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Damson gin

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum