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Feb

When a pressure barrel dies

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 It was high time tonight that I packaged the beer I have brewed for the upcoming Shed event on the 28th Feb. Since I have to take it down to the church and its for a single event, I had decided that using the old pressure barrel that Fendog left […]

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4
Feb

Loose Cannon Brewery Tour

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 When @giansartor invited me on a tour of the Loose Cannon Brewery in Abingdon, I was expecting the usual – a small group being shown around a pokey brewery with the opportunity to sample a few of the beers in the taproom at the end. It turned out to be […]

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25
Jan

Brewing an APA for the Shed

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 Every few years the mens’ ministry at our church (known as “The Shed”) is re-launched, has one or two innocuous events and then quietly disappears without anybody noticing. Well, the time has come for its latest re-launch (whether we want it or not), and to encourage some participation, Pastor Dan […]

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11
Jul

Pouring Instructions for Homebrew Beer Labels

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 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

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 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

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  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 […]

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30
Jun

The Trouble with English Beer Festivals

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  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 […]

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30
Jun

Charlbury Beer Festival 2013

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 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

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 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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