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    I seem to remember from when I was a kid (long long time ago) that people used to cut the end off a marrow, scoop out the seeds and pack the inside with sugar. Hang it in a net with the end put back on and leave it for a period of time. After what ever period it was, they cut a small whole in the bottom and let the liquid drip out. Evidentially it was a potent brew.

    Anyone know about this?
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    Yup, I've heard about it too. Have you tried searching the alcoholic section of the 'Vine?
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    Oh yes, my Mum used to make it. Preferably pack the marrow with brown sugar, gives a lovely flavour. However, you need to be aware that as the brew works the marrow becomes soft (specially if it wasn't totally ripe to start with) and may collapse. Daughter had one fermenting in the airing cupboard of a shared rented flat and the whole thing collapsed, cascading the stuff all over the carpets!!!!

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    You need to cut the top off...then put it back on with coctail sticks. Scoop out the middle. Fill with Brown Sugar. Put it in a stocking and hang it up. Then two weeks later add more sugar.

    Used to do it as a kid.....we couldn't afford Glue...LOL
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    I've come across reference to this in winemaking books. The more credible authors don't believe in it, in any case it couldn't ferment beyond the capacity of 'wild' yeast.
    Probably better to chop up the marrow, put it in a fermenting bucket with the brown sugar, after a few days add hot water to dissolve the remaining sugar, strain into demi-john, add yeast and nutrient, and ferment like any other country wine. I think CJJ Berry gives a recipe for doing it this way (I'd look, but I've put the book 'somewhere safe').
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    Well, seems as if the corgettes are producing more than we (and the neighbours) can deal with, then I'll let a few grow on and try this.

    I know that they used a wowen's stockings to hang them in, perhaps it is like the best cigars, rolled on the thighs of virgins!

    Now how do I get hold of the required stockings?
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    I heard about this only yesterday, lottie neighbour told me.
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