Hello there fans! Well this is an odd time of year, I’m pretty sure my bees should be hunkered down for the winter but with outside being a freakish 18C yesterday they’ve been flying. This is not great – yes it gives them a chance to make a cleansing flight ( ie. Have a crap) … Continue reading Frozen! – Ice Cream and Ice Mead
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?
Obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products. I promised and I shall provide. I got a cheese making kit for Xmas, making cheese is one of my bucket list things. This kit has instructions on how to make ricotta and mozzarella. You just need to add … Continue reading Blessed are the cheese makers
I’ve just looked out of the window and it’s still winter out there. When I get in from work on evenings like this, damp, shivering and with numb fingers I really fancy something warming to drink. Most people won’t think of it once the holiday season is out of the way but a good mulled … Continue reading Mulling things over
Hey bacon fans and welcome to the bac-urious! Last week I took a lump of dead pig, rubbed it with stuff and hid it away. One week later and things have changed. The cure mix dissolved drawing moisture out of the meat and soaking into it. The slabs of meat are a lot firmer and … Continue reading Heavy smoking
Well hello there bee fans! Not much has been happening in the apiary today. I got stung again – a few zaps when I triggered a huge attack changing the feeder ( hungry bees get a bit tetchy) and a morning surprise from a bee that was hiding in my jacket ready for my cycle … Continue reading Try a little bitterness
The quest for things to do with a bucket of honey goes on. The cyser isn’t ready but it is in bottles. It looks like something that would get you admitted to the kidney ward should you hand it in at the doctors but a sneaky taste revealed a sharp, wonderfully aromatic concoction. It needs … Continue reading The Naked Apiarist Bakes Off