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by JustinFun
Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Ish beer question
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Ish beer question

It's been brewing fo r a week, but when I tasted it today there was a *very* bitter hoppy aftertaste (and I speak as very much a real ale fan), so I've added more malt extract and water to try and dilute this a bit - it's now bubbling away all over again. It might be my hops rather than the recipe -...
by JustinFun
Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Ish beer question
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Ish beer question

No personal experience, but I found this on the net ... Hops have a 75% moisture content, so 4 oz of fresh hops will give you 1 oz dried. That's the theoretical line. The same article also quotes a real figure of 4 oz fresh hops resulting in 0.75 oz dried. Looks like 8 to 10 oz of fresh hops might ...
by JustinFun
Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Ish beer question
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Ish beer question

Hi, I'm planning to make the Ish 'simple beer with real hops' from the main site. I've made some wines before but this will be my first beer. Can anyone tell me what 2oz of dried hops is like in volume? I need to pick and dry the right amount from our garden hop plant, and presumably the fresh weigh...
by JustinFun
Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What have you got brewing at the moment
Replies: 190
Views: 20281

Re: What have you got brewing at the moment

And it's "strigging" young man. De-stalking indeed! :mrgreen: Mike Duly noted! I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully 5 gallons will mean enough bottles will survive temptation to really mature properly. I was stunned by how many elder trees there are in our area of Kent - I gathered...
by JustinFun
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What have you got brewing at the moment
Replies: 190
Views: 20281

Re: What have you got brewing at the moment

Yesterday I started off 5 gallons of elderberry - my first non-kit wine (and only my 3rd ever brew!).

De-stalking 15lbs of elderberries took me most of the day!
by JustinFun
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing soya beans
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: Growing soya beans

A few of us tried last year with 'Ustie' - there's a thread buried in the archives: http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=9518 Unfortunately no-one except me came back with any stories of how well or otherwise it went! I found it a bit disappointing - got a crop of beans bu...
by JustinFun
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onion sets
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Onion sets

SusieGee wrote:Just an aside JustinFun, have you noticed the scarey similarity between your avatar and Tom Good!! :lol:


:lol: I'll take that as a good sign!
by JustinFun
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onion sets
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Onion sets

Once you've grown the onion from seed I don't know how you would stop the small onions from growing to make them into sets.

Why would you want to though? You can leave them where they are and they'll happily grow into onions on their own.
by JustinFun
Tue May 19, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Favourite tool?
Replies: 16
Views: 2488

Re: Favourite tool?

Probably either my Azada (allotment would still be mostly brambles and couch without it) or my Opinel No.10 knife, which has so many different uses (admittedly all involving cutting things).

Just broke the handle on my favourite fork though. :(
by JustinFun
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How far.....
Replies: 13
Views: 1026

Re: How far.....

At the risk of making everyone hate me...

...our allotment is at the end of our garden, the other side of a public foot path. We can even run a long hosepipe from our house to our allotment beds!

Yes, I know I'm very very lucky. :cheers:
by JustinFun
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: First Bindweed of Spring!
Replies: 8
Views: 755

Re: First Bindweed of Spring!

We're digging over a long neglected allotment at the moment and last night we had a very satisfying bonfire composed largely of a mountain of bindweed root. Very smokey, but grimly pleasurable nonetheless.

Bindweed must die! (as must couch grass)
by JustinFun
Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What if ?
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: What if ?

I imagine it would work, but you'd either need a 100% germination rate, or sow several seeds in each pot (in which case you'd still have some pricking out and potting on to do).

Depends on what you're growing and whether you have the space for 100s of pots instead of a few seed trays really.
by JustinFun
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Spinach beet regrowth?
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Spinach beet regrowth?

I didn't cut ours down - just left it in place over winter. It wilted slightly in the heaviest frosts but bounced back quite happily when the weather improved. Perhaps it's better not to cut back?
by JustinFun
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Soya Beans
Replies: 22
Views: 2515

Re: Soya Beans

Well we got a crop, but they weren't hugely productive (about 10 or so small pods per plant). Might have been to do with the godawful summer we had last year though.

There's a new 'UK-friendly' strain available this year (last year we grew Ustie) so we're going to give it one more try.
by JustinFun
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: January Caterpillar!
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: January Caterpillar!

Well our january caterpillar has come out of its chrysalis (our 4 year old has been keeping it in a large jar and dutifully feeding it more perpetual spinach leaves). It's some sort of moth - beautiful, it looks like a spiky dried leaf. We took some photos - will post them soon.

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