Biltong maker/box

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So a few months ago I built a biltong maker.

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Its purely a plastic box with a reptile heater and a computer fan. Oak dowels support the meat and a lid stops flies getting in.

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I suspend with string

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A few days later! Biltong. Juicy biltong!

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The Home Brew Festival

In a few weeks I’ll be joining members of the craftbrewing forum in Market Bosworth for The Home Brew Festival.

Its the successor to “the spring thing”.

Its members only (membership of the home brew festival not any associated forum).  You pay the membership fee, then about £23 for the full weekend camping! Beer is provided completely free at the bar.

There’s also a competition – I’m putting in three entries – one of my entries is a kit, but the rest are all grain.

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So 3 weeks later, I’ve kegged 160ish pints!

If you’re going, I’ll see you there!

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Spring cleanup

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Above: before
Below: after (in the rain)

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Sweet corn planted

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Chickens are happy with the grape vine progress

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Bean poles moved and naughty self seeded squash moved

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Ready for more planting next week!

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Brewday

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Another brewday.  This was Hoperific Landlord from the malt miller. I’d actually forgotten I’d bought it and its been sitting in my garage awaiting a brewing.

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I got some big help and some little help. The little help insisted in banging everything with trains.

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Instead of just all grain, my brother in law gave me two liquid kit beers which were in an odd squeezy plastic packing.

Inside there was yeast and dried hops.  The two kits came with silly instructions which were very basic.  I followed my usual kit process by bunging in a couple of kettles of boiling water in each and mixing with cold tap water.  In the IPA I added brewing sugar, for the bitter I went with two pouches of light spray malt.  The IPA had an OG of 1.048 and the bitter had 1.044.

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The landlord seemed to be a bit watery, so I continued to reduce to 20ltrs and had an OG of 1.048.

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Boris bikes #2

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Well it didn’t last long.  After 10 journeys via bike, yesterday a grinning bus driver purposely denied me right of way and tried to run me off the road.  I’d already decided to get a camera, next time I’ll report him and or his colleagues.  Here the helmet is sporting an SJ4000 camera which for £65 cones with all the accessories you’d need!

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Sourdough proving baskets.

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I bought some proving baskets as I fancied some prettier and more uniform breads. Left one a bit too long in the oven at a high temperature. Still tasty!  I got the whirly pattern by removing the flour fabric.

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Eggy bread in the woods

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It’s nice to spend time out in the woods, but even better if you cook eggy bread for lunch over a small stove to the amazement of a toddler.

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With added tomatoes for something healthy…

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Boris Bikes

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I’ve started cycling in central london! Its cheaper (I only need to do 40 journeys in a year to pay for the pass) and about the same time to cycle from Liverpool St to Holborn.

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Sailing excursion

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One weekend a few friends and I decided to go sailing on his new yacht. Sadly I got sick early on due to being below decks when leaving port and ended up being quite ill.  Did see some dolphins and whilst there was a mishap with a sail which tore and put us behind schedule by 6hrs, we finally entered Dover under cover of dark and wandered the streets until we found an Indian restaurant…

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Steam fair and beach

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Even though it was pretty rubbish weather we decided to go to the steam carnival on the bank holiday weather. The rain turned it into a bit of a mud bath and joy of joys sam decided he needed the loo just as we got into the wall of death.

So after we went to the much calmer beach. I found the tell tale signs of a small crab, so we dug him up to show sam

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He wasn’t so sure.

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