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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]

The other Andy Hamilton Podcast episode one - Terrible Bosses

The other Andy Hamilton Podcast episode one – Terrible Bosses

August 26th, 2014

Welcome to Other Andy Hamilton Podcast.  This will be a periodic look at whatever takes my fancy and, over time, it might take some form but for now its one subject one podcast, periodically published. It may or may not have anything to do with foraging, brewing or self sufficiency. If you like what you hear, or even if you don't, then please comment something below. Same if you have any suggestions for future shows. I [Read More]

Should I prick Sloes, should I pick sloes after the first frost? - How to make the perfect sloe gin

Should I prick Sloes, should I pick sloes after the first frost? – How to make the perfect sloe gin

August 21st, 2014

When shall I pick sloes? Do I need to prick sloes? - How to make perfect Sloe Gin You don't need to wait until the first frost to pick your sloes nor do you need to prick them. I'm sorry if you are of the thousands of people who, every year, will do both and I'm really sorry if you have been doing both for years. But please stop, you'll save yourself so much time. There[Read More]

Elderberry Black and Black

Elderberry Black and Black

August 17th, 2014

Elderberry Black and Black There are many cocktails made using Guinness one of the nicest being Black and Black which is made simply by adding a shot of blackcurrant cordial into a pint of Guinness. As originally the Guinness brewery brewed a porter and not a stout I like to make my variation of Black and Black, an Elderberry Black and Black using a porter instead of Guiness and some elderberry liqueur instead of blackcurrant cordial. One of [Read More]

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