With the pears out of the way for the moment it’s time to turn to what’s become an annual ritual, pressing the apples. Unlike beer, I only get one shot a year at this. Loosing a batch of stout might be annoying but I can have another batch on the go in days, loosing cid/cys/er … Continue reading Cysing up
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
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 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
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