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Marrow Rum
Wed 14-Oct-09
7:48 pm
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carolineann
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Having grown Marrows this year I decided to have a go at Marrow Rum. I have followed a recipee found on the internet and afterthree weeks in the airing cupboard I think it's ready for stage 2. I have a deminjohn and have ordered an airlock on line but have today noticed mould growing on the outside of the marrow. Having filled it with the sugar, yeast and orange juice I taped it up with gaffer tape and wrapped it in tin foil. Will the mould be a problem when I come to drain off the licquid or so long as I only get licquid from inside the marrow will this be OK? Any advice is welcome.

Wed 14-Oct-09
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Hello Carolineann

Can you give me a link to the recipe that you followed and then I might be able to help.

BTW it has to be this evening as I won't be around for a couple of days Smile

Tue 24-Nov-09
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I started my marrow rum two weeks ago after stealing a nicely ironed pillow case from the wife's airing cupboard and high-tailing to my sister's house.  It now hangs in her dining room filled with the demerara sugar but having read the above post, I've just realised something.  I forgot the yeast.

Can I add the yeast when I stick it in the demijohn?

I ought to go and visit it really but I'm sure Sis will let me know if anything crazy happens.

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Wed 25-Nov-09
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Hi Tim

You could add the yeast now mixed with a little lukewarm water and sugar. I'm not sure whether you could wait until the demi john stage.

Thu 26-Nov-09
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Thank you for that.  I'm visiting the marow on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, the wife is away and I thought it might may a bit of a day out for the kids, ha ha.  I'll take yeast with me, I have bread making yeast which I assume (wrongly or not) to be similar enough to brewing yeast as makes no difference.  I'm nervous now as the marrow was grown for this purpose and to ruin it at this stage would be disasterous.  I keep hearing the words, "make a good marrow rum and you'll have folk songs written about you", in my head over and over.  I really hope for the folk song thing; what a legacy!

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Fri 27-Nov-09
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Hi Tim

I'm sure the bread yeast will be fine. keep us posted!

Sun 29-Nov-09
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Visited the marrow yesterday, sis said she'd prodded it and it seemed solid, we then found a weak point.  Inside there was a generous layer of blue fluff but undeterred we topped it up with some yeast and a bit more sugar, I tell you if you could only smell it, definitely alcohol.  We fished out the remaining seeds which had floated to the top and re-secured the lid.  Marrow was then put back in its pillowcase shroud, stood on a short piece of wide pipe to stop it falling over and to keep it vertical.  Now I'm wondering should I have scraped out the mould?  Sis said that blue mould doesn't hurt "after all you eat stilton don't you...yuk".  But now I'm not so sure, don't mind the mould but will it damage the rum?

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Sun 29-Nov-09
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Must admit I wouldn't want mould in mine. Yeast is a type of mould and yes you do get mould in blue cheese but if you think of the difference that blue mould makes to the cheese I would have thought it would spoil the drink........ or maybe you will have invented a new exquisite drink

Sun 29-Nov-09
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New drink possibly.... but exquisite?  I guess that may be asking too much.  I'm starting to think that in my haste I may have just wrecked the biggest marrow I've ever grown.  Short of boiling and trying serve it up as food that is.

B****R

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Sun 29-Nov-09
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I did use the flesh from mine to make some acceptable pies. The flesh itself is quite a treat, would go great with some ice-cream too

At least it didn't explode like one of pumpkins did. Our basement still smells of a sweet sickly caramel type smell

Fri 4-Dec-09
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Progress report from sis; more mould and references to blue cheese.

This drink may not work as a shot or tot but could go well with digestive biscuits.  Who knows?

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Mon 7-Dec-09
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I love the postive attitude, Tim!

Would love to have you around to suggest uses for some of Fiona's very rare (in fairness to her) experimental failures Laugh

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Tue 8-Dec-09
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Experiments don't fail, they just have variable outcomes.

Yesterday sis and I strained marrow and put it into a demijohn with some extra yeast and sugar because we had some left.  We tasted it and it wasn't too bad but then it is mainly sugar.  It's on the work top at the moment bubbling away to itself, all very encouraging.  We're going to clear an area in the airing cupboard, put marrow in and then forget about it until next Christmas

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Wed 1-Sep-10
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For those who are interested and also so I can keep a record, marrow was bottled about a month ago and banished to mother's to make sure it was left alone to mature.  I did try the remainder of the dregs in the syphon tube and he's a cheeky little chappie.  The smallest amount left me wondering if driving would be wise!.

Second marrow is on the warrobe bubbling away, just like the first one did last November, and third marrow is occupying the same hook in the ceiling in sister's dining room.  Second marrow showed less mould as it was better looked after by sis who shoved in Muscovado sugar because she didn't have any demerara.  I'm going to try fermenting one of them a second time to see what happens then triple filter it for purity

Come Christmas we should have an interesting session, though bro-in-law is worried about my eyesight and has made it clear he will not be drinking any.

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

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Tim, have you seen this web-site?

I'll try that again!

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