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by gregorach
Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: When did you take your festive decorations down?
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

Re: When did you take your festive decorations down?

I just don't bother myself... But I would say that putting them up much more than a week before Christmas seems too early to me, and yeah, they should probably stay up until twelfth night. This business of putting them up at the start of December just seems weird. I certainly got the impression this...
by gregorach
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Back to the 1930s
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Back to the 1930s

Without knowing the full details, I wouldn't like to comment as to what should or shouldn't happen. These cases are horribly complex and difficult at the best of times, and this doesn't look like the best of times. Apparently the chap who wrote the original article has an axe to grind when it comes ...
by gregorach
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Back to the 1930s
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Back to the 1930s

It seems that the Telegraph's reporting of this may not be entirely accurate: http://leftoutside.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/did-a-woman-really-have-a-cesarean-forced-on-her-by-social-services/ http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-child-taken-from-womb-by-social-services-really-37390.html http://pinktape...
by gregorach
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What do Badgers NOT eat???
Replies: 9
Views: 1969

Re: What do Badgers NOT eat???

What do badgers not eat? I think "other badgers" ... Possibly.

Mind you, practically everything will eat your sweetcorn given half a chance.
by gregorach
Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

Aye, Borders Brewery do a very similar thing.
by gregorach
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Too good to be true?
Replies: 15
Views: 5350

Re: Too good to be true?

Indeed it is.
by gregorach
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Too good to be true?
Replies: 15
Views: 5350

Re: Too good to be true?

I like mine diluted with whisky. Water is the strong stuff It carries whales and ships But water is the wrong stuff Don't let it get past your lips! It rots your books It wets your suits Puts aches in all your bones Dilute the stuff with whisky, aye Or leave it well alone! [Robin Williamson - "...
by gregorach
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

No, they buy their malt in from specialist maltsters, and there's only around a dozen of them in the UK. As far as I know, the only brewery company that actually owns its own maltings is Molson Coors. Some whisky distilleries malt their own barley, but it's very unusual.
by gregorach
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

Yeah, there's a reason even big commercial breweries don't malt their own barley...
by gregorach
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 40234

Re: What are you havesting

Wow, that's some pretty good corn you've got there Tony! What variety is it? It's Sundance, one of the few varieties you can get nowadays that isn't Supersweet or Tendersweet (which I find far too sweet) Plus it's recommended for oop't north. :iconbiggrin: I normally grow Kelvedon Glory, but I migh...
by gregorach
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 40234

Re: What are you havesting

Wow, that's some pretty good corn you've got there Tony! What variety is it?
by gregorach
Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Have anybody else's courgette being growing wierdly
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Have anybody else's courgette being growing wierdly

Nothing unusual about mine...
by gregorach
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Disaster no runner beans!!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1382

Re: Disaster no runner beans!!!!!

I've actually stopped growing runners as I always ended up with far too many of them! Looks like I'm going to be buried in French beans this year instead...
by gregorach
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

If we like to result, we may try to get some barley from a local farmer to do the 1st cooking process ourselves too (this time we got the barley pre-cooked with all the other bits as part of a bought pack)... Malting barley is a tricky process, not to mention extremely labour-intensive by hand. I'v...
by gregorach
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

No, but I know a few people who have... The main issue is that you have absolutely no idea what the alpha acid content is, so bittering is a rather hit-and-miss affair. You can get around that to some extent by doing trial brews and either comparing them to known references or your extensive tasting...

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