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by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer help
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

I made beer last year for the first time (not from a kit) and I've been experimenting ever since. You could say I got the bug but being irish it's probably more of a thirst than a bug. My best recipe... 20kg of malted barley (see below on how to do this) 10 sugar beet (or 1 kg sugar if you can't fin...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:57 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4817

Definately some sort of maggot. In France they call them Vers Blanc, White Worms. There are loads of chemical remedies but our point of growing our own was to get away from self poisoning. As for what I'm growing at the mo... Radish (second attempt fingers crossed) Black Radish (It's like black carr...
by IrishAbroad
Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:53 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Preserving Eggs with Water Glass
Replies: 11
Views: 9109

Métasilicate de sodium. I bought it at the chemist. It's amazing what you can buy there, unlike in England. My neighbour makes a lovely liquor as follow 500ml Alcohol 90% from "la pharmacie" 1 Lemon or Lime (I think lime works better) 1kg sugar Put the alcohol in a sealed jar and suspend the lime...
by IrishAbroad
Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4817

Well, working in Paris at the moment and 5 minutes ago the heavens opened!!! My "significant other" (Louise) has told me 38 and dry at home - melon plants coming on a treat My radishes have been destroyed this year by maggots - do you have the same problems there? And I've never seen so many caterpi...
by IrishAbroad
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Preserving Eggs with Water Glass
Replies: 11
Views: 9109

I preserved a few dozen eggs last year for winter when my hens go on strike.

I tried sodium metasilicate (water glass) but the easiest (and best in my opinion) was simply rubbing the shells with Vaseline. This stops any nasties entering the porus egg shell - after 3 months I was still eating them.
by IrishAbroad
Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4817

Bonjour

Hi everyone,

I'm Martin 38, software engineer, Irish, but don't hold that against me and I live in La Creuse, France.

I've 1.5 hectares of land although 1 hectare is taken up with my horse and 2 ponies. (plenty of fertiliser though) The rest is my little vegetable patch (just over an acre :lol: )