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by phil55494
Thu May 10, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Andy's Homebrew workshop...
Replies: 8
Views: 2148

Re: Andy's Homebrew workshop...

One suggestion would be to seek out a book by Graham Wheeler - Brew Your Own British Real Ale. It has a whole lot of recipes for British beer (I'm pretty sure Bass Pale Ale is there but as I'm in a pub not at home I can't check). The recipes have instructions for both grain and extract brewing.
by phil55494
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115726

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

T'other half went out and collected dandelion heads yesterday - the one dry and sunny day we've had for a few weeks when we could do this. They're now sweeping and tomorrow should be sieved out and have the sugar added, water and yeast. The recipe is from CJJ Berry and worked ok last year.
by phil55494
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Changing pH for Blueberry Bushes
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Changing pH for Blueberry Bushes

The cut up branches from Christmas trees should help lower the Ph of the soil along with the sulphur added in. This isn't a problem for us in either the garden or at the allotment. Blueberries, billberies (ie low growing native wild blueberries) heather etc grow very well. Raising the Ph of what we'...
by phil55494
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New pond
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: New pond

If the soil is acidic and you get enough sunshine then cranberries and blueberries should work.
by phil55494
Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I make a non-stick pan, non-stick again?
Replies: 16
Views: 15018

Re: How do I make a non-stick pan, non-stick again?

Yes there can be problems caused by PTFE but in general use it should be fine. I base my thoughts on this by a posting on another site I frequent which was made by someone who works at the plant that makes the stuff in the UK
http://h2g2.com/F2124165?thread=8136901#p107654532
by phil55494
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Plum Tree Question
Replies: 5
Views: 2353

Re: Plum Tree Question

The leaves are only just starting to appear on the plum tree in the garden here so I doubt it is a problem with the tree yet.
by phil55494
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Lunar gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Lunar gardening

Dunc, living on the very edge of the Peak District I agree with you there.

Now what was it I wanted to do this weekend if the weather is good enough...
by phil55494
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Lunar gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Lunar gardening

At least the moon is predictable Dunc :wink:
by phil55494
Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What do I do with my rooty soil?
Replies: 18
Views: 2233

Re: What do I do with my rooty soil?

There is the chemical approach which we haven't tried using on our allotment but there are many times I've thought about it. What we are trying is keeping having a go at it. It's a long job and needs doing all the year round. The tool Davie Crockett showed is similar to one we use but ours is a much...
by phil55494
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing suger how is it different
Replies: 5
Views: 1240

Re: Brewing suger how is it different

As has been said it should be pure glucose rather than sucrose. Easier for the yeast to work on, powdered so you should be able to work it into the solution better. What are you brewing? Beer or wine? Sometimes it doesn't matter what the sugars are for the yeast, other times it might. Other sugar so...
by phil55494
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrating fruit and making fruit leather.
Replies: 9
Views: 1304

Re: Dehydrating fruit and making fruit leather.

Sounds like a tasty snack you're making there Durgan. Does it really need the vac-pac to keep it fresh? It may do if you hit hot summer temps, more so than the temperate UK climate. Fruit Leathers are something my other half does like (me I have to watch it like any other dried fruit to make sure I ...
by phil55494
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: mushrooms
Replies: 33
Views: 4758

Re: mushrooms

We have a planted log in the garden which should be producing Oyster mushrooms from dowel plugs. So far it has produced some but never quite enough to harvest. Wilkinson seems to have taken over the sell almost anything home like from woolies. The stores even have a small homebrew section if you loo...
by phil55494
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: man down! The perils of crofting
Replies: 29
Views: 2986

Re: man down! The perils of crofting

My goodness Stonehead, you don't do things by half do you. A speedy recovery to you, as long as you don't do what my mother did when she slipped on ice and broke one wrist a few years back - make sure you don't end up slipping again and doing the other wrist in!
by phil55494
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: That's why I love living here
Replies: 18
Views: 2153

Re: That's why I love living here

Ah, West Cork, A Place Apart, where the weather is always lovely.
As when my other half took me for a drive over from Glengariff to Kenmare over the mountains telling me all the way what a lovely view it was that I couldn't see for the fog...
by phil55494
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Monumental Moments?
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: Monumental Moments?

April 27, 2001
The day I went to the doctors feeling unwell and ended up spending 2 days in hospital. That was when I was diagnosed with an incurable condition. It might be incurable but I can treat the symptoms and manage living my life with it. Diabetes, type 1, insulin injections to stay alive.