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hi peeps


I bet there are some foragers and brewers among you lot :love


I have some mirabelles in the freezer that are waiting for my personal petting and patting 


ive not dealt with mirabelles before.




the question is ...... gin or vodka ?  add vanilla ? and how much sugar ?


and any other does and donts ?


ive done the sloes and it already tastes like rocket fuel :pirate  and hopefully will be ready


for Christmas pressies




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hi dave


i like your idea of adding the sugar later ... yes it makes sense. thanks cheers



I have gone for 1ltr of each with a nice high voltage


ive got 1lb of mirabelles for each and a couple of pounds left for my daughter


to make jam with.



i did some sloes with gin, a small amount of vanilla pod and some elderberries.


and some with vodka, vanilla and elderberry


then read somewhere something about cyanide poison if elderberries aren't


boiled first so i panicked and sieved the elderberries out after a week and had


a little taste .......... it was brill and a really wonderful colour so i microwaved


the elderberries for 2 mins and added them to a new brew for 2 weeks.

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the sloe vodka with vanilla pod and elderberries is 7 weeks old now so


I thought I would give it a look see and taste to make sure all is well.


yikes its strong :mouse:


I think I will have to include a health warning when I give it out as pressies


its a lovely colour.


i have only removed the elderberries so far and will leave the sloes and vanilla


a while longer.

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