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by dave45
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: e-bike
Replies: 1
Views: 356

e-bike

I have recently electrified my trusty old bike with one of these - https://www.swytchbike.com/ It is really ace. well so far anyway. Basically you swap your front wheel for their motor-wheel, add a battery basket and a pedal sensor and you're good to go. On full power the thrust is really impressive...
by dave45
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Red onions
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Red onions

Always seem to come out smaller than regular yellow onions? Why is this? What is the secret to getting big red onions?
by dave45
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 1991

Re: Hops

Well, they are now planted. So we shall see.... only 6 feet away from the vigorous random hops growing out of the borderlands/wastelands. Hop poles and stringing to sort too. Looking forward to this.
by dave45
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: For all you Linux fans ...
Replies: 31
Views: 16884

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

I have a couple of Thinkpads too :-)
by dave45
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 1991

Re: Hops

Ah well, I am gonna do it anyway... Chinook, Saaz and Willamette plants arrived yesterday!
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 1972

Re: Keeving

e.g. if you get some cider to keeve - can you blend it with more juice and get that to keeve too? or does any blending kill the process?
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 1972

Re: Keeving

Well I have tried Breton and Normandy ciders (in the champagne bottles) and they have been generally rather excellent. My homebrew ciders have been.. OK but far too dry. I think the problem is that making cider and trying to keeve it out of random apples is a bit high-risk. The batches I tried to ke...
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: For all you Linux fans ...
Replies: 31
Views: 16884

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Been using Ubuntu for the last 12 months since the Windows 10 telemetry backfed into Windows 7. It is faster, it doesn't auto-update when it wants to and I can manage most things. It dual boots so i can revert to Windows if i need to. (usually takes 20 minutes running its enforced updates before you...
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Madeleine Angevine
Replies: 3
Views: 1516

Re: Madeleine Angevine

about 12 vines... they are really quite vigorous once they get going.... they don't like shade at all though.
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 1972

Keeving

Anyone had any success with keeving a natural cider? Last autumn I made two separate 2-gallon batches into 4 demijohns, tried the process - and only one out of four of them "keeved"... after racking off that was about 2/3rds of a gallon. The other three DJs fermented out as normal The keeved DJ is s...
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 49717

Re: Banish Plastic

Just by the by... in Bulgaria, just about every village house has a cellar full of bottled fruit and veggies. Home preserving is a way of life, and plastic free.
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Madeleine Angevine
Replies: 3
Views: 1516

Re: Madeleine Angevine

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by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Blackcurrants
Replies: 1
Views: 1772

Blackcurrants

Can someone remind me why the Yanks don't do blackcurrants
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 30
Views: 11614

Re: rats in the chicken coop

Rat Update :

I am now up to Rat 61. .22 air rifle now.

Also using bait boxes and blue-grain poison bait which I keep in the greenhouse. The buggers invaded the greenhouse and chomped their way INTO the rat-poison bucket. Smart yes. But not that smart!
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 1
Views: 1263

Sweetcorn

How long are sweetcorn seeds viable for?

I know they are all F1 and don't breed true, but I've done it before and it sort of worked OK... but I have some saved seeds from 2016....