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Plum Vodka
Tue 13-Oct-09
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jjt363
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I made two types of plum vodka at the end of August, using Mirabelle plums and Victoria plums and bottling them in French Le Parfait screw type jars (which on shaking, seem to leak a little making the jars a bit sticky).

The plums at the top of the jars seem to be going a bit brown and manky and I'm not sure if this will affect the flavour or is quite normal.  Should I remove them or continue as the recipe states and strain after 3 months?

This is the first time I have made plum vodka so any advice will be much appreciated.

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Jenny

Tue 13-Oct-09
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Wish i could help im blind to this my self only been wine making the last two years 1 crop was lush 2nd Yell so this one i hope isCool . to be honest god should make it a 60 hour day then i might just catch up ...( not insualt intended to other reglans )

Wed 14-Oct-09
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I'm by no means certain about this but my initial thought was that I would remove them.  I wonder why they didn't sink to the bottom of the jar?  Did you fill the jar with plums or leave a space to be covered by the vodka?

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Oct-09
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i am in the process of making damson vodka, it has been in bottles for around 2 months now and all the fruit is at the bottom of the bottles.

obviously plums are larger than damsons, so I'm assuming you would have chopped them? or are the bottle necks wide enough for the fruits to fit? if so did you Pierce the fruit?

 can you  remove the brown fruit? and mabe have a taste of the vodka, just see if you feel it has affected the taste?

hope it works out - I'm SO excited to try ours on new yrs eve!!

sara

Thu 15-Oct-09
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Hi Toffeeapple

I didn't quite fill to the top with plums - I made sure they were all covered by the vodka and they still are. I'm wondering if perhaps they weren't perfect plums to start with.

Thanks for commenting, think I may just remove them now as you suggest.

Thu 15-Oct-09
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Better safe than sorry I think.

I'll try that again!

Sun 1-Nov-09
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I managed to pick yellow bullace a while back, stuck them in the freezer while I decided what to do with them. went for plum vodka – 3 weeks on the smell of plum from the bottle is amazing – got to be patient...

Just a note Large Sarsons pickling vineger bottles are the perfect fit for 1lb fruit, bottle of spirit and sugar, and they have a wide neck. When ready I decant into old wine bottles and put the large bottles away for the next round.

Sun 1-Nov-09
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Sounds as though you'll have a delicious festive drink there.  I've not seen the Sarson's bottles are they wide necked?

I'll try that again!

Mon 2-Nov-09
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Hi toffeeapple

Yes they have a wide neck 2.25". I haven't actively looked for them recently as I have four- just checked web for you and certainly tesco, sainsbury and Asda sell them. They have pickling vinegar in them so I assume the idea is to use the jar for your pickles, i'd rather use for my sloe gin, plum vodka etc. May only be available at pickling times?

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Mon 2-Nov-09
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Thank you for that.  I'm new to this retirement lark and have to find ways of not wasting my time reading (Surprised) so I need to do some research before next autumn.  I'm just waiting for spring to harvest my wild garlic, the most delicious little plant in Britain, I'm sure I could pickle it.Smile

I'll try that again!

Mon 2-Nov-09
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That's a good tip, extownie. The Kilner jars of that size are expensive. I would guess that it is cheaper to buy a few of the Sarson jars.

I have a very acid-sensitive tum so Fiona now does her pickling only with white wine vinegar. But it might be cheaper to but the Sarson stuff, dump the contents and use the jars. Do they do white wine vinegar by any chance?

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Tue 3-Nov-09
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Not that I have seen.  I don't like the spice mix they use in this vinegar, rather use my own and I have converted to white wine vinegar too.  I do like the idea of buying and then dumping the contents. 

 I am already stocking up on vodka ready for next year,and this, remember, is the the woman who doesn't drink!

Tue 3-Nov-09
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sorry busy day at work then a PTA meeting

 - when I was checking web to see if Sarsons still available i saw white vinegar too (on mysupermarket.co.uk) - the bottle of distilled vinegar 1.14l only £1.31 on website so a cheap jar even if you throw the contents!

We use wine vinegar too! gives a much smoother taste.

Wed 4-Nov-09
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I've just had an idea, buy the nasty vinegar and use it to clean drains with the addition of Bicarbonate of Soda, then it won't be wasted.Smile

I'll try that again!

Mon 16-Nov-09
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Hi all

Asda has large 1L Kilner jars for £2 each, they also had a price displayed for smaller ones at £1 but didn't have any in stock.

James

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