Thursday, 21 September 2006

beer and firefox

Firstly, anyone else having problems with the site crashing in Firefox? I'm running Firefox on XP and it seems to be okay - but KW, you are running on a Mac, yes? Any feedback gratefully received - IMHO it's very bad manners to maintain a site that isn't completely cross platform ...

in the demijohnSecondly, here are some pictures of beer.

We wanted to try a basic recipe for an 'every day' kind of beer, and after a little judicious googling, we found this one, via a link from Selfsufficientish. I would recommend it.

When ordering the ingredients, we had a bit of confusion about 'malt' and 'spray malt'. They are essentially the same thing; but malt is sticky and sludgy and comes in a jar; and spray malt is powdered, keeps better and comes in a plastic bag. You also only need to use seventy five percent of the amount, according to the really brilliant chap at Stonehelm, who I honestly cannot recommend highly enough. So we used three quarters of a pound instead of a pound.

It seemed to work. We used 'light' spray malt. The end result was quite dry, not too 'hoppy'. We only used the recommended amount of dried hops, and the beer drinking half of the relationship says that he is going to experiment with a few more hops next time.

Overall result: 'A good session beer'.
Cost: Just under a fiver for eight pints.

bottled beerYou don't need to put it in a demijohn - it was just habit, because that's how I do the wine. Next time, we'll probably shove it in a lidded bucket instead - particularly as we are planning to do a couple of gallons.

I think that the beauty of this recipe is that is it really straightforward - it's a basic recipe that you can tweak to suit yourself and your taste. Spray malt comes in various different kinds - light, medium, dark and wheat; which give different flavours and, presumably, strengths.

This is the first time I have had any dealings with beer creation - I am not a great fan, as you may have gathered (although I am partial to the odd pint of Coniston Bluebird on hot days in the summer). I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make and how nice it tasted.

We're going to have a go at a Nettle Beer recipe from Selfsufficientish too, at some point.

Tomorrow: A happy adoption meeting story. For a change :).

21 comments:

  1. *sigh* That looks nice!

    You're OK for me in Firefox but I'm runing XP too. What I have noticed is that sites who have switched to BloggerBeta and have pop-up comment windows aren't working very well in Firefox. The pop-up window is too small to see the word verification and can't be resized.

    Can't wait for tomorrow's post - a happy Ally is my favourite kind!

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  2. *sigh* That looks nice!

    You're OK for me in Firefox but I'm runing XP too. What I have noticed is that sites who have switched to BloggerBeta and have pop-up comment windows aren't working very well in Firefox. The pop-up window is too small to see the word verification and can't be resized.

    Can't wait for tomorrow's post - a happy Ally is my favourite kind!

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  3. I'm not much of a beer fan, either, but homebrew is fun because of the "home" part.

    Thanks for the link to selsufficientish. I'm gonna go take a little browse-around...

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  4. I'm not much of a beer fan, either, but homebrew is fun because of the "home" part.

    Thanks for the link to selsufficientish. I'm gonna go take a little browse-around...

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  5. You'd have to drink a lot of alcohol to get through all the brews you lot make? Or is it all low-alcohol stuff? LOL I know and bet it isn't and you'd splutter at the thought. Brewing doesn't appeal to me but if I ever get the urge to it will be entirely your fault because you make it all sound so easy :-)

    Adoption meeting ..... ooooo sounds good!

    I have Firefox and XP and all present and correct on your blog. You know I went over to the dark side a couple of weeks ago and in the last few days something has changed and I am now able to post OK on non-Beta blogs. (Unless I am doing something I haven't realised!)

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  6. You'd have to drink a lot of alcohol to get through all the brews you lot make? Or is it all low-alcohol stuff? LOL I know and bet it isn't and you'd splutter at the thought. Brewing doesn't appeal to me but if I ever get the urge to it will be entirely your fault because you make it all sound so easy :-)

    Adoption meeting ..... ooooo sounds good!

    I have Firefox and XP and all present and correct on your blog. You know I went over to the dark side a couple of weeks ago and in the last few days something has changed and I am now able to post OK on non-Beta blogs. (Unless I am doing something I haven't realised!)

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  7. no problems for me either on firefox & xp.

    like doris i've noticed i can leave comments on non-beta's

    good luck with the meeting. fingers xed

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  8. no problems for me either on firefox & xp.

    like doris i've noticed i can leave comments on non-beta's

    good luck with the meeting. fingers xed

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  9. I'm banned from making any sort of homebrew after the 'exploding demi-johns in the linen cupboard' debacle.

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  10. I'm banned from making any sort of homebrew after the 'exploding demi-johns in the linen cupboard' debacle.

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  11. Doris - Yes, of *course* it's all low-alcohol stuff :).

    Greavsie - Did that turn Barbarella's knickers a funny colour, too? :)

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  12. Doris - Yes, of *course* it's all low-alcohol stuff :).

    Greavsie - Did that turn Barbarella's knickers a funny colour, too? :)

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  13. See, that's the strange thing - I'm only having the problems on XP (at work, and before you tsk tsk me, I'm at lunch!).

    Anyway, the beer looks v.g. I'm noticing the absence of pressurised containers... Did you do it without? The avowed need of one of these has thus far prevented us having a go at all things beer-related. Well, that and the fact that BEER IS THE MOST REVOLTING SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO MAN! ;)

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  14. See, that's the strange thing - I'm only having the problems on XP (at work, and before you tsk tsk me, I'm at lunch!).

    Anyway, the beer looks v.g. I'm noticing the absence of pressurised containers... Did you do it without? The avowed need of one of these has thus far prevented us having a go at all things beer-related. Well, that and the fact that BEER IS THE MOST REVOLTING SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO MAN! ;)

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  15. Everything is working ok in Firefox and XP for me too. No problems commenting either.

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  16. You're brewing beer now?
    Any tips on making wine would be gratefully received.

    On XP running Firfox and all is fine for me. Except the commenting issue is still apparent.

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  17. You're brewing beer now?
    Any tips on making wine would be gratefully received.

    On XP running Firfox and all is fine for me. Except the commenting issue is still apparent.

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  18. how did the meet go?

    think the comments thing is fixed!!!

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  19. how did the meet go?

    think the comments thing is fixed!!!

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  20. Well this is through Firefox, but this time on a Mac! I'm not seeing any crashing issues here though. Huzzah! Dad used to make wine, although I might just try the home beer - 8 pints for £5?! Bargain!

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  21. Well this is through Firefox, but this time on a Mac! I'm not seeing any crashing issues here though. Huzzah! Dad used to make wine, although I might just try the home beer - 8 pints for £5?! Bargain!

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