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by charlie
Tue May 05, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Hawkshead - Windermere Pale
Replies: 10
Views: 1945

Re: Hawkshead - Windermere Pale

Enjoy your memories. It will never be the same again. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-52294076 Coronavirus: Hawkshead brewery makes staff redundant I've met Matt a few times and he is a thoroughly decent bloke. I don't understand why they made everybody redundant instead of furloughing...
by charlie
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 1981

Re: Kombucha

PM me Jim, I'll send you a scoby. I make 3 bottles a week. Green tea tastes best imho. 6 tablespoons sugar 6 teaspoons green tea 2 kettles hot water. keep covered and warm. A large mixing bowl will do fine. I use an aquarium heater in the shed but I get too much evaporation really. repeat weekly. mo...
by charlie
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Advice Please
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: Advice Please

I used coffee sacks when I tried it.
they were 50p each at the time but can be quite expensive now.
Wild fermentation is the way to go and no temperature control is necessary.
My batch was pretty much all cookers and undrinkable.
by charlie
Wed May 15, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: new british hops
Replies: 0
Views: 1357

new british hops

I spotted this on the Radio 4 listings for Sunday morning https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00057p8 New British Hops On Your Farm Sarah Swadling meets the brewers showing faith in British hops. Spring is the season for Hop Twiddling. Sarah Swadling finds out what it is, and how it’s done, at Hogs Ba...
by charlie
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brew day from hell!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3666

Re: Brew day from hell!!!

I wish I got a photo of one of my earlier brewdays when I brewed on the kitchen worktop. Imagine seeing some idiot in cargo shorts and sandals standing on a wet kitchen worktop hoisting a wet bag out of a hot mash. I could have been a meme [emoji38] At least we don't carry about huge glass carboys ...
by charlie
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brew day from hell!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3666

Re: Brew day from hell!!!

chefgage wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:24 pm
I wouldnt say a stuck sparge, but it certainly is slow.
Perhaps I should be putting in the larger, less floury things in first.
by charlie
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brew day from hell!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3666

Re: Brew day from hell!!!

I wouldn't have lost as much beer if I hadn't been multitasking. Agh the myth of multi tasking. This is doing more than one thing at a time, agreed? But, as you add a task it increases how badly you do all them. You might not want to mention this to the "opposition". :lol: FWIW my "favourite" is al...
by charlie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brew day from hell!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3666

Re: Brew day from hell!!!

I've done it.
I wouldn't have lost as much beer if I hadn't been multitasking.
I've only done it once though.
by charlie
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Cooking with (or without!) Alcoholic Beverages
Topic: Sauerkraut
Replies: 6
Views: 3897

Re: Sauerkraut

I make it often. I add mustard and caraway seeds. Lovely, and good for you. I'm very open to suggestions for other salt based pickles. My next book to read is Sandor Katz - The art of fermentation. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Fermentation-depth-Exploration-Essential/dp/160358286X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books...
by charlie
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Fruit from amelanchier trees + calamondin
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Fruit from amelanchier trees + calamondin

I tasted my Amelanchier fruit this year and it was pretty tasty but you have got to be quick because the birds love it. While you're at it Mahonia berries are ripe at the moment. I'll taste one tonight but Ken Fern and Richard Mabey both say that you can eat them. I keep meaning to gather Sumac but ...
by charlie
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: what do you all think
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: what do you all think

looks identical to one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271687277467 - cheaper

five page thread on them here viewtopic.php?f=45&t=77648
by charlie
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Re: Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers

No they used 100 litre ss pots and propane.

It was just the quality of their beer that impressed me.

I was going to have to replace my mash tun and kettle anyway so I thought that I might as well spend my money on good quality kit.

Chas
by charlie
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers

I've been all grain for over ten years but never produced anything great and things kept getting worse as I developed bad practises. So I was brewing less and less and resenting every moment I spent wrestling with my knackered mash tun and boiler which kept cutting out no matter how well I cleaned t...
by charlie
Thu May 26, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: *New* Mangrove Jacks Craft Series Cider Giveaway *ENDED*
Replies: 63
Views: 8372

Re: *New* Mangrove Jacks Craft Series Cider Giveaway *ENDED*

Mark Mine arrived yesterday and thanks. Before I get it started. I'm buggered if I can see where the yeast sachet is. Chas Is a seperate pouch floating in the syrup anywhere? I haven't opened mine yet so I can't confirm. :?: Cheers, Baldbrewer. That's what I'm hoping. I'll be brewing this weekend. ...