Raspberry pi and the Tilt Hydrometer

Frustrated at not knowing the whole story for my fermentation using the tilt hydrometer. I invested in a raspberry pi 3. With help from my trusted and geeky friend Darrel we set up and tested the tilt in a glass of water whilst downloading the app and installing on an SD card. We did this on one of our AD&D beer fest days in may this year, Karl and Matthew turned up a little later to see the raspberry pi in action. Then we paced away and got on with business. Continue reading


The Tilt Hydrometer!


Darrel and I ventured into new territory purchasing a rather expensive instrument called a Tilt hydrometer. The purpose of this geeky gadget is to submit temperature and hydrometer readings directly from the fermenting bin without having to expose the beer to the elements therefore preventing any possible infection plus very convenient to check readings when not standing over the bin. Continue reading

Brewferm Mini keg system

You know the saying boys and toys. I have a cornie keg which I love and a King keg which can be a little tricky. Now the new kid on the block the midway dispenser. Brweferm’s Mini keg system a nice practical solution for bringing your beer to parties without pulling a muscle or causing severe back strain. All of these solutions have their place depending on the situation you wish to use them in. The cornie keg is great if you are catering for large parties where you are supplying the beer. The mini keg is where you just want to bring along a descent amount to share with your friends.

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Tasting the Old Peculiar


Old Peculiar

Old Peculiar vey dark






What can I say Yummy! Dark but not like the porter I would say it was similar in colour to a dark brown Ale. Although very strong at 6.7% this was a very smooth beer with  little gas but lots of life. I thoroughly enjoyed this pint and will definitely be making it again. Whether it came out f the mini keg or bottle the taste was just as good.

Strange it didn’t look that dark at last I don’t remember it looking so dark hmmm! We did finish the whole keg!




If you want to know about the mini keg system then watch this space.

An interesting read

I stumbled across this write up by chance and found it thought provoking.  It was very interesting – there was enough in there to provide many different conversational topics around beer the making of, its social use, its affect on certain people and their use/culture face to face around communication or lack of it. The use of pubs and the impact this could have if they disappeared. Not forgetting the writers own sanity when setting up his brewery and the mental impact it had on him. As for any effects that drinking can have this is down to the person doing the drinking. It is easy to say you can always say no but there are other issues that I am not qualified to answer; but drinking alone has got to be high up there for dangerous hobbies. Beer is about a shared experience a social vehicle for communication the catalyst for the bringing together of people of all backgrounds. Like the writer said put down the technology and start talking face to face maybe look out the window if the view is good and enjoy the moment.

Damned clever those Belgians!

Belgian Beer Glasses

Steve a good friend of mine and Belgian beer lover, handed me two glasses and said to me ‘pour your beer in both glasses and then taste it. I guarantee there will be a difference.’ Well I was intrigued to say the least. Once all my driving duties were done and dusted and the BBQ was lit and having checked that there was no need of me from the family. I poured my Belgian Triple into both glasses; one glass was a Leffe the other a Kasteel the beer of which I have tried before both sweet and dry. Interestingly my beer had a great head in the Leffe but very little in the Kasteel sorry the picture does not depict that but more about that later.

First I tried from the Kasteel glass. I found it quite strong and a little harsh however, when I tried the same beer in the Leffe glass the beer was smoother, silkier so I poured the remainder from the Kasteel into the Leffe glass. Who would have thought that the glass shape was so important when drinking.


A beer Shared – Steve’s St Peter’s IPA

00Once again I am tasting one of Steve’s Extract brews. This one is a St Peter’s IPA. Pouring not much of a head. A lovely Ruby colour surprising for me as I was expecting a golden yellow. Nice citrus hoppy smell and possibly a little woody. Definitely a light tasting beer with a strong hoppy taste characteristic of most new craft beers and very bitter. Altogether a nice pint. Way better than my attempt. Well done Steve keep it up.


What happened to the Hedgerow?


On my way to the voting station; I noticed that the hedgerow where I pick my hops form has had some alterations. A lovely new brick entrance for the local Football club has been erected. This has had an impact on the hedgerow by losing some 5 meters of hop plant. There is still a lot left but the best area where it gets the most sun has gone. Oh well tip your glasses for progress I suppose. Continue reading

A wonderfully ‘Peculiar’ day!

Just past my birthday and my good friend Darrel takes me to the beer shop to get ingredients for my next brew. being a generous person I left with more than just hops and grain. I now am the proud owner of the mini keg system by Brewferm. Needless to say Darrel is also expecting me to have the next brew in a keg to sample. we made the choice together to go for Theakstons Old Peculiar recipe or the nearest to it we hope. Continue reading

Belgian Tripel tasting

NThe day has come; it’s Thursday evening. nobody is going anywhere and I have no driving duties to speak of – perfect!

Thankfully the cold snap has done it’s job. I now have a beer which looks aesthetically pleasing compared to the bright orange that looked more like a radioactive isotope than a brew. Now I feel more inclined to drink this beer in fact very excited. Continue reading