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by Andy Hamilton
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Growing your own barley
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

Re: Growing your own barley

I assume you mean do I have a seed merchant? Nope, I don't. I have just read though that the barley you buy as sprouting grain is UK two row barley and at £7 for 5kg that's more than enough. So, I'm thinking that'll do!
by Andy Hamilton
Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Growing your own barley
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

Growing your own barley

I'm thinking of growing my own barley this season, then malting it and turning it into beer! Anyone grown barley, finding it even difficult to find seed that isn't just for farmers.
by Andy Hamilton
Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer from hops
Replies: 10
Views: 1737

Re: Beer from hops

As minnesota says one plant is enough, it was plenty on my allotment. but yep took 2 years. Where do you live? Up in Scotland and further north in Ireland would be too far north really,there is a reason most hops are still grown in kent/

Now I'm wondering if Minnesota will send me some Rhizomes too!
by Andy Hamilton
Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RIP Richard Briers
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: RIP Richard Briers

Actually, I quite liked ever decreasing circles. Anyone remember that? He was a great actor and I've heard a nice chap too. A real shame.
by Andy Hamilton
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Using old sterilising powder
Replies: 6
Views: 1473

Re: Using old sterilising powder

I've been introduced to Starsan, which I now use instead of VWP unless I really need to nuke something. You just spray it on, no need to rinse so it makes the whole steralizing time much shorter. I'm not sure I'd risk using old solution like that, I'm with George, for the sake of a few quid it not w...
by Andy Hamilton
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Coconut milk as a treatment for dementia?
Replies: 6
Views: 2850

Re: Coconut milk as a treatment for dementia?

There has been some pretty positive reports about singing and dementia too, with quantifiable results.
by Andy Hamilton
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Andy and homebrew in the Guardian
Replies: 2
Views: 2079

Re: Andy and homebrew in the Guardian

No mention of the homebrew club I'm in either, although she did mention the other two I told her about!

Anyway, nice article none the less and she was very nice too.
by Andy Hamilton
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Three Generations under one roof
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Three Generations under one roof

Hello folks Yes its been a long time since I've been on, I have been lurking, but yep not been on my good to see that still recognise some of you! Anyway, I'm writing something for Readers Digest and I wonder if anyone can help me out, I'm looking for a UK based family that have three (of four) gene...
by Andy Hamilton
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Targeted Ads (again)
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: Targeted Ads (again)

Nice ad, not seen that over here. I'm being sold a car at the moment so yep, no rhyme nor reason sometimes... Mind you also get underfloor heating stuff everytime I come here oh and I often get asked if I want to buy a book called "Booze for Free"!
by Andy Hamilton
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Where to forage in Bristol
Replies: 3
Views: 3953

Re: Where to forage in Bristol

Bristol is a great place to forage in, just get a map and head for the nearest greenspace. You might too want to check out windmill hill city farms fruitfulnes project.
by Andy Hamilton
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Pine needles..
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Pine needles..

...and did it taste ok?
by Andy Hamilton
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: blackberry vodka
Replies: 9
Views: 2598

Re: blackberry vodka

Many recipes are meant as a guide, I know when I write them its with the hope that people adapt them. Older recipes certainly have too much sugar in them you'd think they were sponsered by tate and lyle or something.

Quite agree with the above if it tastes nice now why wait?
by Andy Hamilton
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Pine needles..
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Pine needles..

Andy.. I made the cordial as per your recipe, is it supposed to smell odd/unusual? I haven't plucked up courage to try it yet but there's a pint sat in the fridge.. Odd/Unusual is rather subjective, so I'm not sure. It's supposed to smell like pine. Could be that its somehow got infected with some ...
by Andy Hamilton
Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Pine needles..
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Pine needles..

Never heard of Pine needle gin either...hmm...but yes needs more research, Might be worth asking a herbalist what gets extract by alcohol perhaps as they might use if for tinctures ? But I have made pine needle vinegar, just put the needles into a sealed jar full of white vinegar for 2-3 months, str...
by Andy Hamilton
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Andy's Homebrew workshop...
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: Andy's Homebrew workshop...

You could try putting it into a secondary before bottling it, ie - in a demijohn for a week or so then bottling it.

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