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11
Jul

Pouring Instructions for Homebrew Beer Labels

Posted by in Beer, Bottling and Kegging

Until I get the keg system and counter-pressure bottler that I’ll been praying for (How long, O Lord!) all the homebrew I give away is bottle-conditioned which most people are not used it. I’m sure any of you that are brewers are as sick as I am of having to […]

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6
Jul

Fendog’s Birthday Beer and Cheese

Posted by in Banter, Beer

Good time last night at the Beer and Cheese evening for Fendog’s birthday. The present my kids’ got him seemed to be his favourite: I think what made it so special was that they made it themselves. They’re always the best gifts. I ended up spending £15 on two pieces […]

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5
Jul

Beer and Food Pairing Chart

Posted by in Beer, Beer Recipes

Trying to decide what cheeses to get for Fendog’s birthday Beer & Cheese evening, I came across this useful chart put together by the Brewers Association. As with all charts it generalises somewhat but still useful.

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30
Jun

The Homebrew Stigma

Posted by in Banter, Beer

Saw a friend today to whom I had recently given a few bottles of my Mucky Pup Oatmeal Stout. He’s a new acquaintance and I hadn’t given him any beer before, so I was keen to hear what he though. I was delighted to hear that he thought it was […]

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30
Jun

The Trouble with English Beer Festivals

Posted by in Beer

The trouble with English beer festival is that they are full of English beers. Now, I’ve got nothing against English beer (I love it!), but it does get a bit samey. For example at the Charlbury Beer Festival we went to at the weekend, they had 80 different beers of […]

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30
Jun

Charlbury Beer Festival 2013

Posted by in Beer

Had a nice day yesterday at the Charlbury Beer Festival. Its not one I’ve been to before and I was surprised by its scale and slickness of the operation in such a quiet little Oxfordshire village. Its an open air affair at the local cricket club and the weather was […]

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2
Jun

Double Brewday: American Brown and English Pale

Posted by in Beer, Beer Recipes

What with the wearying demands of fatherhood and Fendog inexplicably active social life, there seem to be very few weekends when we can actually get together to brew. With this in mind, we have decide that all future brewdays will be double brewdays. Now that I have two mash tuns, […]

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31
Mar

Easter Brewday – Atonement IPA

Posted by in Beer, Beer Recipes, Recipes

It’s Easter Day and what better way to celebrate the freedom that Christ’s death and resurrection has won for us than by brewing a batch of beer! As is my habit for Sunday brewdays, I mashed in just before setting off for church and with the hymns from a rousing […]

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19
Dec

Firey Ginger Beer Recipe – First Attempt

Posted by in Beer, Beer Recipes, Recipes

Needed to rack my 1 gallon mead batch into a clean demijohn tonight. Not wanting to waste all the delicious yeasty goodness at the bottom, I decided on to make up a 1 gallon batch of ginger beer and pitch the yeast slurry from the mead. I’ve not done ginger […]

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18
Dec

Christmas Wine Tasting – trying the 2012 vintage

Posted by in Liqueurs, Wine

Had my third Christmas dinner of the season last night at the Scoutmaster’s. It was the homegroup festive shindig and I was keen to inflict some of my latest concoctions on them, so I took along a bottle each of my 2012 Strawberry Wine, 2012 Parsnip Wine, and the Skeeter Pee […]

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