Category Archives: Drinking/home brewing

What is the NO2/CO2 infuser?

What is the NO2/CO2 infuser? Just a month ago I got a new bit of kit, a Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) infuser. It uses both Co2 and NO2 canisters and it makes infusions in minutes rather than days or even … Continue reading

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Boozy advent calendar part two, the run up to Christmas day

“I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas yet to come? ” said Scrooge. The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward with its hand. ” You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not … Continue reading

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Homemade boozy advent calendar part one

Homemade boozy advent calendar – Part one If there is one month that it’s compulsory to be drunk throughout its December. The office parties, the glasses of mulled wine given out by shop keepers to coax you into buying more, … Continue reading

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Andy Hamilton’s Boozy Christmas present ideas

It’s that time of year again, shopkeepers are bracing themselves for a buying frenzy, Amazon have upped their bandwidth, authors are writing top 10 blogs and the North Pole is buzzing as the elves wrap up a colossal amount of … Continue reading

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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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