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Exploding bottles
Mon 6-Jun-11
8:45 am
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Danny
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Thirded. I have an acid tum and Chardonnay kills it. even the sight of a bottle label has doing backflips.

Fiona and her friend found a source of blossoms in our local parish rec ground over the weekend, so they are now soaking in vodka.

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Mon 6-Jun-11
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My elder-flowers are also in their vodka bath & smell lovely (not cat's pee-ey at all). I also have some of the flowers in cider vinegar & a bigger container of them for cordial. I don't want to cut more flowers off my trees as I need plenty of fruit in the autumn. 

Roll on tasting time........ cheers

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Mon 6-Jun-11
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Well I've gone in with both feet,so to speak, I've got some 'marinading' for both elderflower champagne and some more for cordial...not sur eif this is true, but on another site I found a comment that said if you pick them early in the morning they will be more fragrant, and go cat -pee like as the day goes on..not sure if it's true, but guess what I was doing at 8am this morning.

Tue 7-Jun-11
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I've managed to make both elderflower champagne and cordial in the last couple of weeks.  Haven't tried the champers yet - it will be consumed in August when the family are here.  However, I used Fiona's recipe for the cordial and it is DELICIOUS -  I've only allowed the OH and myself small samples of it but it is outstandingly better than a recipe I found online from Sophie Grigson.  So THANK YOU Fiona.

Sat 8-Oct-11
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        all my bottled ciders are liable to exploded as I am told by people I have given them to who have not drunk them quick enough ie 3-4 months after the weather has turned warm or have left them in the house. The only way round it is to kill the cider ie camden tablet which will stop the fermentation or keep it below 15 degrees or drink it quickly. Hoping to make 50 gallons so the latter may be harder than normal. Note after a while it they will start to get lively anyway ie open it in a pint pot.

Sat 8-Oct-11
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I made some ginger beer many years ago when I was still living at home. The first lot I put into wine bottles and wired the corks down.

 

With a fine bit of fore thought I opened the wine bottle outside and kept well out of the way. This was a good move as the cork went ballistic. My brother reported it heading into orbit at near escape velocity. (We spotted the cork several times a day as it orbitted the earthsmile)

 

The next batch I bottled into some very sturdy bottles that once contained some rather good Welsh cider. These bottle were dark brown and had a black solid screw in cork-like-stopper. The coarse thread was on the inside of the bottle.

 

This worked very well, the trick to opening these was to place the bottle in a clean preserving pan, place a carrier bag over the top and very slowly open the stopper with a pair of mole grips. With care and practise it was successful with no mishaps.

 

I stored the bottles in the outside toilet. One night I am sure I heard several sub-sonic "whoomps". On inspection the next morning several of the bottles had disintegrated, thin glass shards were embedded in the wooden toilet door.

 

Glad I wasn't carrying one at the time.

Oh and the ginger beer tasted fantastic, and had a strength of about 8% devil

 

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Sat 8-Oct-11
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About 5 or 6 years ago I was at our Scout's Easter camp. It was quite warm for an Easter so at lunch time I put a bottle of lemon aid in the freezer (yes freezer) for a quick chill down. However I forgot all about it...

 

Later that evening the leaders where at around the table playing cards, having a small social drink wink and I remembered the lemon aid. Well by this time it was frozen solid. I thought the best idea was to put it in to the fridge so to thaw slowly and been nice and cold for the next day.

 

Well after about an hour or so there was  a loud boom, the fridge door blew open and the room was showered with frozen fizzy lemon aid chunks, very tasty to suck on.

 

I'm not sure why the bottle exploded then. I guess there was a thin core of highly compressed liquid. When the ice started to thaw the wall of ice and the plastic bottle could no longer contain the pressure and, well, you know the rest.

 

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Mon 10-Oct-11
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  I get nearly all my bottles from the pub always clear bottles and always Newcastle Brown. Nice thick bottle and as there all the same size they are easier to cap (my capper has to adjusted to the height of the bottle).

Mon 10-Oct-11
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Probably good job you had the lemon aid in plastic bottle simon. I keep checking on my elderflower champers, still got a couple of bottles left, they are in 2 lts plastic pop bottles, I give them a slight opening every couple of weeks, just to keep the pressure down a bit. - so far, so good

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