If you’ve not seen them before, the sheer size of a hop plant might surprise you. They’re woodland and hedgerow plants that climb and scramble to get a share of the light. Back in February I decided to really go for it and do full on hop poles. Turns out poles several metres tall aren’t … Continue reading Hopping about
It’s that time again! I’ve mentioned before the Orchard round the back of work. Our building’s on the site of an old farm that was at one point a monastery. The orchard’s recently planted but round the back of the buildings there’s a few patches of bramble and trees that clearly outdate the labs. I … Continue reading Pressing issues – a Nice Pear
I’ve been a bit slack on posting ( again ) but things are going well – I’ve split my apple juice into two batches – one for straight cider, one for cyser. The first ferment was done after about ten days – taking the S.G. from 1.045 to 1.002. I added a teaspoon of tannin … Continue reading Sham pain anyone?
Well hello there! The honey beer has finished its main fermentation and has been put in a keg to mellow for a few months before drinking. It’s time to brew some more. What’s better than a brew day? That’s right double brew day! But wait, that’s not all! People I bring you Quadruple brew Wednesday! … Continue reading Quadruple brew Wednesday
It’s brewing time at the Naked Apiary. I’ve spare honey and brewing was a major factor in deciding to keep bees. When brewing and honey occur in the same sentence, it’s usually mead that’s the subject. I prefer to brew beer – it’s ready much faster and I find it easier to get good results. … Continue reading Brew Day