Archive for May, 2015

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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