Home Brew

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pear Wine – Andy Hamilton

September 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Dave and I were sitting having a meeting the other day (End of August) and we noticed a massive pear tree laden with pears from the window. Straight after the meeting we ran out to the garden and loaded up our bags. I know have some soon to be pear wine fermenting away in a demijohn down stairs. It is apparently a dry wine and I will crack it open in about 3 months to see the results. The recipe [...]

Scrumpy Cider – By Andy Hamilton

July 6, 2008 // 1 Comment

You can’t beat a good bit of West Country cider. If last year you noticed that your neighbour left the apples to rot on their tree; this year knock on their door and ask for them in return for some cider. Ingredients 3.6 kilos (8lb) Apples, any apples will do except crab. 9 ltrs (2 gallons) water 28grams (1oz) root ginger Juice of four lemons some empty resealable bottles Cut up the [...]