Category Archives: Drinking/home brewing

Common Homebrew mistakes and how to rectify them

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 … Continue reading

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Blending beers

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. … Continue reading

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nasturtium vodka

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 … Continue reading

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Elderberry Black and Black

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 … Continue reading

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Homemade bitter lemon and lime – a very easy recipe

Homemade bitter lemon and lime Most student will experiment with drugs at University, I went as a mature student and had gone way beyond that point, instead experimenting with gin (and wearing chaps). I’d mix gin with everything and after … Continue reading

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Wild Blackberry Wine

Many older foraging books, and my childhood memories of the 1980’s, insist that blackberries are an autumnal fruit rarely seen before the end of August. These days if you wait until autumn to pick blackberries you will be disappointed. The … Continue reading

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Cleavers Juice – A recipe from Booze for Free

Not every recipe in Booze for Free is for booze, there are a number of soft drinks there too and here is one of them Cleavers Juice. I thought I might even add a little video just show how easy … Continue reading

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Turin Day three

Turin Day three We two are now three and we have so far managed to just about re-film what we have shot yesterday in the rain, meaning that much of yesterday was a write off. Such is the nature of … Continue reading

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Turin day two – How to make pasta

Day two in the Turin blog four part series (day one is here). It rained on the second day, so this blog is mostly about how to make pasta. In the morning we sat in our apartment in a rundown … Continue reading

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Booze walks – Part of the Bristol Walking Festival

Booze walks This year, and for a limited time only, I’ll be running two exclusive Booze walks. They are 2 hour long strolls, around the stunning backdrop of Brunel’s masterpiece suspension bridge and through the worlds first heritage site Avon … Continue reading

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