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by Crickleymal
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cherry Ale Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1715

Re: Cherry Ale Question

Here, have this sick bag I prepared earlier
by Crickleymal
Fri May 24, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?
Replies: 22
Views: 16195

Re: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?

I have read somewhere that the gel in the nappies that does the absorbing is quite a good thing to put into flower pots/hanging baskets to hold water. You can buy a commercial product to do the same thing. Whether you'd want to use the gel out of a used nappy though is another matter
by Crickleymal
Mon May 20, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?
Replies: 22
Views: 16195

Re: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?

I'm with Andrea - I wouldn't burn any kind of plastic. It just puts too many funky chemicals in the air. There's been a big debate around here (Gloucestershire) about the viability of a waste incinerator. I heard some of it on Radio 4 a month or so back. It would seem that they will be burning plas...
by Crickleymal
Fri May 17, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Use by dates
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Re: Use by dates

Give it a chance, sometimes it can take a while to get going. If it doesn't then just add some new yeast, the old stuff will just settle to the bottom. No need to throw it all out.
by Crickleymal
Thu May 16, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Beekeeper Looking for Hive Space
Replies: 3
Views: 1142

Re: Beekeeper Looking for Hive Space

My wife says one hive isn't ideal but a lot of people do keep just the one. Having two allows you a bit of scope if you lose a queen and other reason but there is no hard and fast rule. You could keep a mating nuc (whatever one of those is) so you had a spare queen and eggs.
by Crickleymal
Thu May 16, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Raw milk in Scotland
Replies: 12
Views: 4282

Re: Raw milk in Scotland

My kids had nothing but raw goats milk ever 'till 2 yrs ago( they'll only drink skimmed uht now they think pastuerised cow milk tastes weird!!),but who the hell likes the taste of pastuerised goat milk?......soon as you heat it it smells like a Billy's bum. We use pastuerised goat's milk(St. Helens...
by Crickleymal
Thu May 16, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Alternative to Co-op bank
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: Alternative to Co-op bank

I had a similar experience with a normal account with the Co-op in the early 90s. They were so bad I went back to Lloyds. They closed the local branch in Cheltenham (of all places), they wouldn't give me a cheque guarantee card for over a month and only gave us a cash point card. So we were unable t...
by Crickleymal
Wed May 15, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm sure that's not the point
Replies: 24
Views: 3820

Re: I'm sure that's not the point

For them to have reduced their overall consumption they would need to be using less electricity than before they had the panels because we have to take into account the embodied energy of the panels themselves, thus if there useage remains the same amount of units as before their actual consumption...
by Crickleymal
Tue May 07, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How do I make GOOD wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 3446

Re: How do I make GOOD wine?

I've found that I prefer "country" wines to grape wines. My wife prefers them sweet and I prefer a medium to slightly dry. I usually end up putting about 2.5lb of white sugar in. I've tried glucose once, didn't seem to make any appreciable difference and I think I had a go at using invert sugar in a...
by Crickleymal
Tue May 07, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How do I make GOOD wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 3446

Re: How do I make GOOD wine?

As far as my palate for wines is concerned there are 4 flavours, sweet, dry, red and white. I have made some brilliant wines and some absolute carp too. I think the thing to do is to make notes and if you make a good one then you can duplicate it. Unfortunately I'm so disorganised I can never be bot...
by Crickleymal
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm sure that's not the point
Replies: 24
Views: 3820

Re: I'm sure that's not the point

Yes but surely you would do rainwater harvesting for the benefit of the planet rather than because it's forced upon you because you have a water meter installed. Besides which there were only two of them in a socking big house. THey can't have used that much water could they?
by Crickleymal
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Reporting spam
Topic: Unwanted links in posts on this forum
Replies: 5
Views: 5990

Re: Unwanted links in posts on this forum

Aha, I'm using Firefox and there was an addon enabled which converts useful phrases to links. So it was at my end, mea culpa and all that. Now I've got to find out who installed it!
by Crickleymal
Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Reporting spam
Topic: Unwanted links in posts on this forum
Replies: 5
Views: 5990

Unwanted links in posts on this forum

I posted something about rainwater harvesting a couple of days ago. In one of the posts I included the phrase "my family". When I viewed the post a day later I found that the phrase "my family" had become a hyperlink to a website selling stuff. In fact the website changes everytime I click on it, th...
by Crickleymal
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm sure that's not the point
Replies: 24
Views: 3820

Re: I'm sure that's not the point

You on the other hand are just weird, how can you be so selfless :dontknow: :lol: That's not the only time I've been called that :icon_smile: My family take pride in being thought of as odd. :cheers: Is it not still the case that the water company "owns" the water in your water butt, and under hose...