Piss easy. All you need is a 5 gallon vat, a load of empty bottles, a bag of sugar and the cider kit.Martin wrote:Decent. How easy was that to do mate?
cant help you on the whiskey front , I've had whisky and inherited ale which was nice. I also had a really expensive whiskey once and it was lost on me. Just tasted like whiskey.Martin wrote:I suggest a stickied link system for this forum. Forum assistant can look after it and sort it or if that assistant wants to take over from U-N-I-T-E-D I'll do it. Either way saves posting multiple threads of the same topic again and again.
I like beer mate. Corona Extra mostly. There is a shop near me that does big fornicate bottles of them. Decent.
Was going to get a bottle of whiskey for Christmas, no idea what's good tbh. Just felt like a change.
dont like cider but this is intriguing. Always fancied making my own beerMaverick McKillshark wrote:Piss easy. All you need is a 5 gallon vat, a load of empty bottles, a bag of sugar and the cider kit.Martin wrote:Decent. How easy was that to do mate?
Wilkos do loads of brewing gear. My mate gave me the vat, but they sell them in there for about £15. You can get the kit in Wilkos also but I got mine online for £16. It came in a big tin about the size of one of those cylindrical wine bottle cases and just contains the apple concentrate and a sachet of yeast. You mix that in the vat along with the sugar and top up to 5 gallons with tap water, screw the top, stick it in your airing cupboard and just wait a week.
The top has a hole in it with an air trap to allow gas to escape, and it bubbles away whilst turning to alcohol. After a week you siphon the cider into bottles, add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to each and screw the tops on, leaving them in your airing cupboard then for five more days. The kit produces 40 pints of cider, so I bought 12 2ltr bottles on spring water from Tesco for 17p each to get enough bottles. Since there's nowhere for the gas to escape to now it's sealed in the bottles the reaction with the sugar now turns the cider fizzy. Once it's done, put in to shed to cool overnight and it's ready to drink. It's important to sterilise the vat with bleach before using it again.
The £16 kit has produced 40 pints of strong cider. It's suppose to be around 5.9% according to the instructions. That's 40p a pint. I've tasted this brand not long ago when my mate Ben first tried his and it's lovely. Ben's just finished an £8 kit of lager, 45 pints from that one, 18p a pint; the process is the same and again it tastes great.
You cannot argue with those prices.
Not trying to start a fight with you, just asking this out of curiosity. Are you really enjoying something if you have to condition yourself to like it? Whiskey has layers of complex flavour that can span many grains, nuts, fruits, etc But drinking enough of something to get the point of tolerating drinking doesn't seem to bring about the same enjoyment as drinking a fine single malt. I've never really been a vodka fan myself, mainly because I thoroughly enjoy drinking whiskey, beer and red wine because I like the flavour, I used to drink vodka when I was younger and was looking for the least foul way to get really drunk quickly.Maverick McKillshark wrote:I'm a neat vodka drinker though I'm banned by the missus because it really screws with me.
You don't really get expensive vodkas as they aren't aged like wine or whisky. Vodkas are generally rated for their lack of taste rather than the opposite. All manner of filtering methods can be used, but even the most expensive bottles generally come to well under £100.
It's a harsh drink to the uninitiated, but all it takes is some perseverance and after a half bottle of good vodka sipped neat you ought to become accustomed to the taste and appreciate the pristine goodness therein.
A bottle of Stolichnaya can be found in most supermarkets these days and will only cost around £22. If you think vodka tastes like paint-thinner then give this a go, to a vodka drinker like myself this is smooth as silk.
Under no circumstances drink Smirnoff. It's a foul vodka, real paint thinner. There are loads of brands both cheaper and nicer than Smirnoff and it's thus only good for mixing. If you'd like something cheaper than Stoli drink Russian Standard; if you want something dirt cheap then drink Vladivar.
I've had Russian Standard and thought it was remarkably better then say Smirnoff, but it was only better because it was smoother, like you said, its not like it tastes better. To each their own, i'm not saying you're wrong or anything.Maverick McKillshark wrote:Yeah, just like anything you get a taste for it. Same with a hot curry, just because something has an obnoxious taste to those unpracticed, doesn't make it a taste not worthy of appreciation. Put the effort in and you'll most likely be rewarded.
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