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BillW23/07/2011 17:56:22
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No exactly craftsmanship but though some may be interested.
A plonker or sinker is used to keep the fruit below the surface during the fermentation process.
I obtained some Oak desktops from a local council some years ago, they would have ended up rotting on the tip.
I have planed one edge of the board it was cut from to show that old wood can be recycled.
It is 11" diameter and was cut out with the router.
The Oak has taken on a lovely rose colour, this will darken because one of my next wines will be Damson.
There are two more photos in the album showing the plonker below the surface (the lid will hold it down and the wine without a plonker.

John Kinch26/07/2011 21:00:48
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Bill, I've often wondered what a plonker really looked like, thanks.
John K.
Julian26/07/2011 23:17:08
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Hi John, Do you want some more photos ? we have plenty where I work ! - Julian
BillW27/07/2011 10:15:34
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But mine is useful and made of Oak
Julian27/07/2011 12:38:20
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Hi Bill, mine are useful at times but still have plenty of wood on top !
Simon Reeves27/07/2011 12:48:07
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As a wine maker Bill, I'm sure you already know about ageing wine in oak barrels, or adding oak chips to mellow and improve the flavour (not that anyone ever does it of course ). Just something to be aware of if you weren't expecting the slight vanillin flavour in your damson brew that you might get.
BillW27/07/2011 16:02:29
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Think yourself lucky Julian, the ones I remember from work had a void between the ears.
I am looking forward to the result Simon but with some trepidation.
I'm not expecting to much of a change as the Oak will not be in the wine for more than a week.
I tend to prefer young wine, I once kept some Cherry for two years and it was not to my taste, it didn't get wasted mind you. .
Julian27/07/2011 17:00:14
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Bill - The damsons up here are just about ready for picking.

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