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
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
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?
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
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