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Common Homebrew mistakes and how to rectify them

Common Homebrew mistakes and how to rectify them

October 25th, 2014

Common Homebrew mistakes Common homebrew mistakes are common as most have made them. Every brewer has either made, or been given some kind of monstrosity that is supposed to be beer, wine or elderflower champagne. For some these early homebrew mistakes can be enough to stop the would be brewer in their tracks, which is a real shame. The fact of the matter is though, that the wise learn more from their mistakes and so rather[Read More]

Blending beers

Blending beers

October 11th, 2014

Blending beers Blending beers was commonplace in Victorian Britain. Landlords would know what blend each of their customers wanted and they would run around with jugs full of beer (before we had bars) and serve each customer there preferred blend. Thankfully we can just order a pint of what we like and there is no need to blend. It's a practice that has long since died out since brewing practices have improved right? Well no apparently not;[Read More]

How to identify Sloes to make sloe gin etc

How to identify Sloes to make sloe gin etc

October 2nd, 2014

How to identify Sloes Before you can make your sloe gin, sloe wine or sloe anything then really you have to to know how to identify Sloes. There was a point when I didn't know how to identify sloes. In fact I remember picking a bunch of Ivy berrries instead. It was before the days of Youtube and so who know's how I learned anything! I only wish there had been a friendly forager like myself to[Read More]

The Booze Academy

The Booze Academy

September 18th, 2014

The Booze Academy is a new brewing and fermentation school that will launch in 2015. The First Booze Academy Course is entry level brewing - Kits! The Booze Academy brings together all of the knowledge that I have gleaned whilst brewing and foraging for the last 20 years. I've also recruited some other experts in the field of brewing to run some of the Booze Academy classes and so we hope to give you over 100[Read More]

Wild booze walks 2015

Wild booze walks 2015

September 1st, 2014

Wild booze walks 2015 What could be better than a stroll along aside the gentle flow of the river Avon. Along through the beautiful Avon gorge and under Brunel's masterful suspension bridge. With a group of like-minded people for company and an expert guide pointing out some of the wonderful plants that can be turned into great drinks? Well doing all that with a drink in your hand of course! To book your place on a wild[Read More]

nasturtium vodka

nasturtium vodka

August 30th, 2014

Most people I know who have planted a few nasturtium seeds now have a nasturtium jungle. The stuff grows everywhere and years after you plant nasturtiums it will have made itself at home, just like a univited guest who'll always stay a night or two beyond their welcome. Luckily as it is  like the David Bowie of the plant world, (described by Wikipedia as "bisexual and showy") despite their intrusion they offer a great flash of [Read More]

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