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by gregorach
Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way
Replies: 15
Views: 3941

Re: Brewing beer from scratch the simple way

The simplest option for brewing from grain is known as "brew in a bag" - you'll find plenty of information if you search for it. It's not a technique I know much about myself though... I do it the complicated way.
by gregorach
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Frozen peas
Replies: 9
Views: 1777

Re: Frozen peas

I believe the first and most important thing it does is kill them... When you harvest veg, all the cellular processes are still running - for example, especially in the case of peas, they'll still be metabolising their stored sugars, but because they're no longer attached to the plant, they won't be...
by gregorach
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Frozen peas
Replies: 9
Views: 1777

Re: Frozen peas

I worked in a processing plant one summer, and as I recall, they do blanch them.
by gregorach
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower disaster, worried rhubarb's going the same way
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Re: Elderflower disaster, worried rhubarb's going the same w

I wouldn't worry about that at this stage... Often some yeast will collect on the surface, and that's what that looks like to me. The first rule of homebrewing is: "Do not talk about homebrewing". No, wait, that's not right... The first rule of homebrewing is "Don't panic!" As for the elderflower, i...
by gregorach
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermentation stopped
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: Fermentation stopped

27 should not be high enough to stop fermentation...

First question - what makes you think fermentation has almost stopped? The rate of bubbling in an airlock is not a reliable guide to the rate of fermentation - these things often leak a little.
by gregorach
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Last years pickling vinegar.
Replies: 3
Views: 1344

Re: Last years pickling vinegar.

I'd think it should be fine, yes.
by gregorach
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 9942

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

Yeah, I'm spending about an hour and half watering, every other day... Still, the sweetcorn seems to be loving it.
by gregorach
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: UK centric Permaculture books
Replies: 10
Views: 6056

Re: UK centric Permaculture books

The Earth Care Manual, also by Patrick Whitefield, is the classic reference for temperate permaculture.
by gregorach
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!
Replies: 56
Views: 11292

Re: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!

Vinegar won't kill the roots, just the foliage... I'd wager they'll be back. And I'm not entirely convinced that it's really that much better from an environmental point of view - after all, it's produced by acetobacter as a means of making its environment inhospitable to almost everything else. Sti...
by gregorach
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!
Replies: 56
Views: 11292

Re: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!

The only form of glyphosate I currently use is the gel... I reckon that's probably OK as you're applying it directly to the target plant, with no risk of over-spray. And even then I'm pretty sparing about it - I only use it on deep-rooted weeds in positions that make them difficult to dig out. Altho...
by gregorach
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Midges
Replies: 9
Views: 5432

Re: Midges

The traditional Scottish herbal midge repellent is bog myrtle, aka sweet gale.
by gregorach
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Wine Yeast for Beer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1754

Re: Wine Yeast for Beer?

OK - nettle and ginger beer. Dunc may go ballistic when I say this, but that really is not going to need a dedicated fine beer maker's yeast, complete with its subtle flavouring habits. Not at all Mike - it's not really beer, so I couldn't care less. I have no opinion on what people should use to f...
by gregorach
Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 9942

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

Gardeners... It doesn't matter what the weather does, we'll find some way to complain about it. :wink:
by gregorach
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cherry Ale Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Re: Cherry Ale Question

Depends on whether you're looking to make cherry wine, or cherry beer... I do quite like a Kriek in the right circumstances, but it's not an easy beer to reproduce properly.