Thursday, April 21, 2005

Home brew shops in the UK

I’ve been in touch with Rod Morfett of Flagon
and Cask in Nottingham, and he has given me
his new site address. Here is the link to it.

The layout is excellent and everything is
individually priced.

For a list of selected home brew shops in the
UK, have a look at this list from Peter
Laycock’s site.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

My other favourite kit

Hi folks, it’s me again,

Just to say my other all-time favourite kit
is Munton’s Continental Pilsner. It has a
gorgeous flavour and just the right amount
of bitterness.

It’s very popular with all the girls and
their friends,when we have the occasional
party for them. A few of them have felt
quite drunk after drinking two pints (one
litre) of the stuff, so be careful yourselves.
I phoned Flagon & Cask in Nottingham today
(my local shop) … Rod says he’s got some kits
in stock, so I’ll be buying a couple of them

Bye for now.

Well, blogger me!

I’m truly amazed by the quality of my latest
brew. I’ve been aiming all these years for
something better like the real ales you can
drink in a pub.

What am I talking about? Well, it’s

My congratulations to the brewmaster at
Woodforde’s or Munton’s who created this one.
It’s now almost 6 weeks since I kegged this
brew, and like all home brews it has become
increasingly less sweet and so, more bitter
with time (as the sugars in the beer are
gradually used up by the yeast).

Everything about this beer is excellent …
clarity, condition/head, colour and taste.
If you like bitters, then I can assure you
that this one is bitter, and won’t require
extra hops/hop extract. My only (slight)
criticism is that the bitterness has masked
the flavour to some extent, with passage of

Many thanks to Max of Two Tone Records, for
his helpful comments as regards wrapping
text around photographs, which he and other
bloggers have done so well. And thanks, Max,
for your appreciative comment about my
efforts so far.

I’m a newbie to HTML language … it all looks
like Egyptian hieroglyphics to me. One of my
daughters (I’ve got four of them) has already
told me about doing a right mouse click on
other people’s websites, to "view the source",
that means view their HTML coding, to see how
they do it.

Now it's time for me to try out Max’s
suggestions (but I’ve also got to set aside
time to make Gillian McKeith’s Haricot Bean
Loaf on page 144 of her new cookbook). We eat
vegetarian food and fish here. Very rarely
I’ll eat some chicken or ham when the girls
and their partners are here at Xmas time.

I’m finishing this blog off the next day,
having spent the past hour seeing if I can
weave Max’s code into the HTML text around my
last photo submission. Nope, I can’t. Oh,
blogger! I’ll post the rest of my photos from
time to time instead.

The haricot bean loaf was delicious. I cooked
the onion and leek together,and halved the
stock powder (as we find this very salty). I
forgot to put the oat bran in the mixture,
but quantity wise, we thought the loaf I made
was enough for 5-6 people. It had a lovely
flavour with the ginger, cumin and extra
garlic I put into it. I served it up with
steamed veg - new potatoes, turnip, brocolli
and green cabbage. Part two of the loaf

Here's a pint (well nearer 500ml) of my previous home-brew. Posted by Hello

This is the fermenter I use. Fitting a tap at the bottom makes home-brewing a lot easier.  Posted by Hello

... and here is one of my HB kegs Posted by Hello

Here are two of the spring-top bottles I use Posted by Hello

Feeling thirsty? Posted by Hello