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Homebrew Thoughts from a B-Road

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

I often wonder how many people of a certain age – my age, really – can sometimes walk, at about 8.30 am, past a pub with its doors thrown wide open as the cleaners do their stuff, take a deep breath and be immediately transported back to their childhoods. It’s a rare occurrence these days, I suppose, but I used to walk past a pub which had “that” smell every [...]

Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 14 Comments

Although we already have an elderflower cordial recipe on our elder article it is one for making it in bulk. I decide that as I have just made a smaller batch of elderflower cordial, some elder flower champagne and our forum is buzzing with talk of elderflower wine it would be good to put up a few recipes here. Elderflower cordial – Elderflower Champagne – Elderflower wine For any [...]

Nettle Beer

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles.(Urtica dioica). It was also thought to help alleviate rheumatic pain, gout and asthma. Nettle beer has become more popular in [...]

Booze for Free by Andy Hamilton

August 14, 2011 // 32 Comments

Despite the long lonely days (and sometimes nights) with just a keyboard for company, the occasionally twinge of RSI, the days of procrastination and the slow withdraw from everyday life, I love being a writer and especially a non-fiction writer. One of the main reasons is that I get to choose what to write about and therefore what I do for around about a year (which is the length of time it [...]

Taking the fear out of wine making part 3 – Cheating and improving

February 17, 2010 // 11 Comments

The wine you made in Part 2 is by no means great. It’s OKish, but it has lots of faults. Think for a moment about drinking a reasonably good wine made from grapes. What are your impressions? There’s a certain indefinable “feel” in the mouth, a sort of viscosity which your new wine doesn’t have. There’s also a warming effect as you swallow the grape wine which [...]

Taking the fear out of winemaking part 2 – By MKG

January 6, 2010 // 14 Comments

Messing around in a bucket Those somewhat fictitious “traditional” ancestors of ours made wine in anything they could find. Usually, they would have started it in a big bowl covered with a cloth and then finished it off in a salt-glaze earthenware pot – at which point they couldn’t see it any longer. And that’s the point at which things can begin to go wrong. A glass [...]

Taking the fear out of wine making – Part one -By MKG

December 11, 2009 // 10 Comments

Getting rid of the fairy stories By MKG If I said to a fairly representative group “Take some fruit juice, squeeze some lemon juice into it, empty a bag of sugar into it, top up to about a gallon with water from the tap and then stir or shake until everything’s dissolved” then I’d witness no signs of panic, no biting of nails or gnashing of teeth. If I added “Now stick some yeast into [...]

Homebrewing on the cheap

October 12, 2009 // 2 Comments

When we are skint (poor, broke, brassit) many of us will like to have a glass of something to take our mind off it. Just because we have a book out does not make us any different, there are not many authors that do it for the money! Equipment – What you will need (Basics) Beer – Fermentation bin, Empty bottles* for lager and barrel for ale/bitter, funnel, airlock, hydrometer and VWP [...]

Dandelion flower wine By Robert Helms

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dandelions are considered to be weeds, but the brightness of their color always makes me want to make use of these weeds to my advantage. You do not have to go very far and sooner or later you are bound to come across a golden patch of dandelions. Gather your dandelions (select from a site free from grazing animals, pesticides, herbicides and all but organic fertilizers) and place them in your [...]

Yarrow Ale – A true Ale – By Andy Hamilton

November 18, 2008 // 0 Comments

The dictionary definition of ale is often wrong, confusion arises as most places have differing definitions. However, a true Ale is one that had been brewed using something in place of hops in this case the herb yarrow. Yarrow is thought to be one of the oldest used medicinal herbs and traces or references of it can be found littered throughout human history; dating back over 60 000 years. It is [...]
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