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Good evening everyone,I've come to this pastime by a very circuituous route starting with beer kits in the late sixties then full mash brewing in the eighties about which time we planted a cider apple orchard and started making cider.I started out with a still about six years ago as a rectifier using GNS to make Gin and one thing led to another as they say.I'm still a bit green on all the techniques but slowly we're getting there.I make my own stills 'cos as a time served sheet metal worker/coppersmith it would be rude not to!
Thanks for letting me join the gang
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That all sounds very impressive jp!
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Welcome jp, you've certainly got some experience under your belt, I can say! What's your favourite tipple, and please don't say Calvados, although with all those apples, I wouldn't be surprised. I tried distilling some cider made with a kit and the result was horrid....but that may have been my fault. :lol:
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I'm afraid I'm not a lover of Calvados although I have a friend from Normandy who thinks I do and plies me with "Calvados du Ferme" which is distilled "informally" and tastes like petrol but in the interests of the Entente Cordiale I do drink it!
My real preference is heavily hopped British Bitter and British Gin.

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Welcome indeed jp1147, I hope you you feel at home, and welcome here, because you are.
"Calvados du Ferme? , are we talking "Eau de vie de Pomme" here?
From my years spent in Normandy,20 odd years ago, I loved the stuff, especially when mixed with apple juice or cider to make "Pommeau".
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Thank you very much Robert.
I believe that it is distilled "informally" using old kit that was once licensed to get the trade going after the war but is now not licensed.
I don't know how true this is as my informant has schoolboy English and I have schoolboy French!
Eau de vie de Pomme is an excellent description!
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My understanding of Eau de vie de Pomme, having seen shiney travelling stills,working on quiet country roads, was that "Old" farmers had a right to have their Cider distlled by these travelling stills, but the rights were not inheritable, and died out with the farmer.
Possibly now, disparue.
Quelle d'hommage.

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Welcome aboard JP.
Welcome to the mashers, scatters and crushers social club. :D
Many of us are multidisciplinary. I think stillin ' naturally sits a top all of them.

Are you still brewing?
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Thanks for the welcome.
Yes,I absolutely love brewing.
I brew a five gallon length as that's about all we can manage to lift and move about.
The kit is made in-house,loosely based on an All Electric Brewery designed by a Canadian chap.
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Yet more common ground - looked into building something very similar myself. Love the control panels for an automated 3v. But cost and space lead be to a BM which I have heavily modded.
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Hello Mash
I would be careful what you wish for in terms of a control panel.
I acquired most of my kit as a job lot when a chap who lives nearby decided to start brewing and bought all the stuff to build an Electric Brewery BUT when his wife saw the three 50l kettles and the control panel and the fermenters she said"Not in my kitchen" so it was a bit of a fire sale.
In my opinion it is far too complex what with in-process control using thermocouples and heating coils in the mash tun etc. so I don't use complicated bits.
p.s. What's a BM?
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That is a good point. These things can get away or over complicated.

Sorry for my forum slang. BM 'Braumeister '. You could call this a fire sale purchase too.
I bought it from a chap made it spray hot sticky wort all over the kitchen. I think he and his wife had similar conversations!
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I am so lucky,when we looked at the current house,which I have to say is a very strange peoperty,we were shown into a small annexe built on the back which consisted of a kitchen/diner and single bedroom.
On seeing this my wife said "This would make a lovely little brewery"
What can I say!
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Best hold on to her jp, sounds a keeper for sure

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Would you like jam on that jp1147? ;)

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Sounds like a blinder of a set up to me :D

I dream of having enough room for such, instead of my procrastination at planning to use some shed space..........

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:shock: The single bedroom bit makes me nervous.
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I'm currently sleeping with half a dozen crates of beer in the bedroom.
They will arguably give me more pleasure than any of the ex-wives! :lol:

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Re-posted, 'cos Godaddy stole it. :)
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Easydrinker wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:30 pm
Re-posted, 'cos Godaddy stole it. :)
So pleased you mentioned the repost.
For a second there I thought you had more than your fair share :lol: of ex-wives.
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You have had more than one :?:
Do you not learn from your mistakes ED.
I still have the one,but there will not be a mark 2. :lol:
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gaza the instructor wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:45 pm
You have had more than one :?:
Do you not learn from your mistakes ED.
I still have the one,but there will not be a mark 2. :lol:
You couldn’t imagine how many I managed to defeat over the years!
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?


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Two was probably enough.
But I am an old romantic!
So who knows? :)

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Moss wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:00 pm

You couldn’t imagine how many I managed to defeat over the years!


Not sure it's a competition :D
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Thank you all very much,what a lovely welcome.

Yes,there's no doubt about it I am very lucky.

Sorry about the delay in replying,me and the Partner in Crime have been drinking in a North Yorkshire Fishing Port for a few days!

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Welcome JP.

You seem rather well versed already!
Something... something inspiring and Signature related.

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