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First ever batch, this recipe correct?

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Gortkins

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Okay don't quote me 100% as I'm in work at the moment. My recipe I out of an old book and looks weird.

1ltr water
500ml honey
200g sugar
15g yeast
Some cloves
Some ginger
A lemon.

Boil water, sugar and honey together until dissolved. Then add juice from a lemon some clove and the grated ginger and leave to cool. Pour into a container and when still slightly warm spread the yeast over a piece of toast and float atop the warm solution. Leave to ferment for a week whilst covered over. Strain the liquid into bottles and cover or loosely close them and leave for 5-6 months.

The thing that is freaking me out is wont the bread/toast go moldy and kill my batch?

All help welcome and thanks in advance.

Dafydd Edwards.
 

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Gortkins

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Ahh well I started it up now. All I need to know really is about the "bread" part. I tasted the mixture with the stuff in and got it to a flavour I like, just don't thinks its a good idea to have a piece of toast floating around in it for a week.
 

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I'm guessing that the toast is supposed to be nutrient for the yeast. I would guess that the toast would eventually saturate and sink, so wouldn't be a threat to turn moldy. You could always fish it out and throw in a small handful of raisins......

How may cloves did you add? If more than one, you should see about removing them (really).
 

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Okay that sounds like a good idea with taking the bread out. And I did put four cloves in. I didn't like the idea if keeping them in so when I brought the temp up I put them in, got the flavour I wanted then fished them out. Only wish I had used a faster recipe but if it works and is good, next batch can be a lot bigger. ��

Thanks for the help so far guys .

Dafydd.
 
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