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    hi folks,

    I made three bottles of plum gin yesterday afternoon/evening. I used plums whcih I had picked off the tree (bless the freecylcler who offered access to their tree!) and I was careful to try and only use the whole undamaged fruit (I had plenty to pick from).

    Today I noticed that several looked very 'brown' already as shown in picture below. I expected some discolouration but this doesn't look so good! Would this suggest they had been bruised or damaged in some other way? Should I leave them in or are they ok left?

    btw I have now decanted this lot into a smaller jar so that it is full. The other two jars, both of which were full to the brim, also had the slightly brown looking fruit.

    Any advice gratefully recieved!

    Best wishes,
    Anna
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    Did you prick or pierce those plums to let the juice out Anna?
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    Yes, quite a few times with a fork. It's the form holes which look like tears in the browner plum.

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    The discolouration is just the start of the process, nothing to worry about. However, with big fruit, such as Plums, I would quarter them, and removed the stones. I think that would speed up the process. You can use damaged fruit, but cut out the blemishes first.
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    ^ oh yeah. I thought they were bruises, but they're fork marks. Should be OK then.

    I've just read G4's comment: when I make plum wine, the stones come out, otherwise they can leave a bitterness in the wine
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    We have a glut of fruit round here this year - best I go stock up on cheep Gin!
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    Hurrah! Thanks for the advice everyone.

    Have to say, I was quite surprise at how much even own brand gin seemed to have risen in price.

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    I've made these drinks with Aldi's £4 spirit (you need to adjust the sugar though because there's already some in it)
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