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  1. I've never thrown anything away, a lot of stuff just improves if you give it time. I made a gluten free apricot sour last year that I wasn't thrilled about so I only drank a couple of bottles at the time. A year later and it's developed really well and is crisp with a complex sourness, although I don't think you would pick out the apricot, it's certainly fruity.
  2. I managed to get my sour out of the fermenter. I passed it all from the fermenter to another jug with a tap with a nut milk bag to strain out the puree. It tasted pretty great so I'm looking forward to trying it in a couple of weeks. I would highly recommend straining puree before adding it to the fermenter to avoid all the mess, although I didn't help myself on the mess front by leaving the tap open on the vessel it was being transferred to so that as soon as it got to the right level it just started pouring all over the floor.
  3. The kit they have took the inspiration from is much nicer, and I've still got it somewhere. That's from another promotion winning season. I really hope they don't bring back this away kit.
  4. Not a recipe but a couple of new vegan bits available. Both are on offer for £3 at tesco. Richmond Sausages - texture wise they are spot on but they have no flavour Roar Icecream - indistinguishable from icecream made with milk and amazing flavours.
  5. I do have a BIAB bag, so I could pour it through that and see how much it takes out. It actually tastes a lot more tart/sour with the puree but it's quite chunky and I don't think I should bottle it like that
  6. What is it you don't like about the brew, will it age out? I've got a homebrew sour that's ready to be bottled but I'm not sure what to do with it at the moment. I put 2 litres of fruit puree into a 5 litre batch without straining the puree first and now when I open the tap to take a sample I just get fruit sludge through. If I strain it off the beer tastes great and it should be fermented out now but I don't necessarily want to rack it all off and then strain it all. I guess I could see if I've still got a syphon hose somewhere.
  7. Gaz

    Fall Guys

    I changed the steam settings to force controller and it started working. Can't get through a round without being eliminated though
  8. Gaz

    Fall Guys

    I'm on the beta for this but I can't get my xbox one controller working. It works in Steam but the game doesn't recognise it, has anyone else got it working?
  9. Not sure if this is the best place to put this, but a local restaurant in Reading is starting nationwide delivery from tomorrow and it would be great if it became a big success, the food is fantastic and they are doing this rather than re-open and put their staff at risk. At the start of the pandemic they started cooking in bulk to provide free meals for local families and they have been operating local delivery for a little while now quite successfully. They aren't your standard curry house fare, they specialise in Hyderabadi cuisine and the restaurant is a little more high end but what's
  10. wow, that's... interesting. Is that proteins floating on the top? I had similar with a wild fermentation (a sour that started fermenting before I could add the yeast) - it didn't harm the final beer but I had to strain it all out and it looked disgusting.
  11. Are some of the hops meant to be whirlpool / dry hop? If you have put them in the calculator as boil hops they will impart IBUs when in reality, you are unlikely to get much IBU out of hops after the temperature has dropped below boiling.
  12. To add to the topic - I've got a little 5 litre brew going at the moment. It was meant to be a kettle sour but I soured with a greek yoghurt which doesn't appear to have imparted any sourness. I'm not sure what I did wrong, could have been one of a number of things including failing to calibrate the PH Meter but currently it just tastes like a wheat beer. I've put in 2 litres of Apricot, Passionfruit and Mango Puree and it's off bubbling again so I'll see how it tastes next week and consider adding in some malic acid to increase the sourness if it needs it.
  13. Yes, that's very extreme. I made a 60ish IBU Pale recently and it's just on the right side of being too bitter. It was meant to have lactose in it to reduce the bitterness but I realised I didn't have any after the hops were already in.
  14. Cool, I hope you enjoy them. I'd be really keen to hear how their raspberry stout is. I know what you mean about self control, I've got one of their 12% ones in the fridge but I know that one 440ml can of that is going to send me well on my way so I've not found the right time for it.
  15. They don't taste like 8% - they are big beers but I think that's about getting the most extraction from the fruit flavours. They don't have alcohol burn, and while they are a little heavy that's generally the style. I had the octo-pie yesterday which is 9% and it drank like squash. If sour is what you are after though, wait for them to have Anura in, it's a 7% blueberry sour which is one of the best fruited sours I've had. It might be worth checking out Little Earth Project or Wild Beer Co if single UK brewery is the stipulation. The breweries that best fit that description are usually outs
  16. Cordials are quite easy to make. I'm really enjoying this one mixed with soda water at the moment, but I've also been making fruit cordials just by blending up pineapple or mango or whatever and straining it through a nut bag, then adding sugar and citric acid.
  17. Yeah, me too It's been bad for at least a year though, so if you have had it recently and liked it you don't need to worry.
  18. Ting and San Pelligrino were my go-to soft drinks and both are awful now There's an article here about how they have added artificial sweeteners to avoid the sugar tax https://imbibe.com/news/soft-drinks-producers-need-creative-sugar-reductions-says-michael-butt/
  19. Yeah except Ting is fucking shit now because they took the sugar out and replaced it with Stevia.
  20. I really fancied some fish & chips and contemplated taking a drive somewhere to get some but then remembered I had some fish in the freezer and made my own. The colour on the chips is a bit disappointing, not the freshest oil, but they were spot on for chip shop style chips.
  21. Seedlip, the one that tastes like peas, with lemon juice, simple syrup and a little dash of everleaf makes a nice cocktail. I've also got some fake "rum" from Holland & Barrett which I mix with orgeat, orange syrup and a little dash of overproof rum to make a low alcohol maitai which is absolutely fantastic. Haymans do something called "small gin" which is distilled with tons more botanicals so it's 40% but you only need 5ml in a G&T. I did a blind tasting and while I picked out the "low alcohol" one, that was mostly just based on body. The person I was with picked the other one.
  22. Yeah, as in The 'Ding https://doublebarrelled.co.uk/products/ding/
  23. Double Barrelled, linked above have one called "Ding" which is being served at the fox and a few other local pubs as their token lager.
  24. Gaz


    How much faff do you want to put into coffee? Pod machines are nice for a lazy drink but you are paying a huge premium for pods that are a pain to recycle. If you do filter ideally you'll want to be grinding your own beans and you aren't making one cup, you're making a big batch. If you want to do lattes you need an espresso machine, but then are you going to be arsed to grind beans, foam your own milk etc? The other factor is, how likely do you think you are going to be to get nerdy about it and start wanting to do things "properly" ? Obviously if you buy a Pod machine you aren't going
  25. If you are doing mixed cases, try Wander Beyond - they are probably my favourite brewery at the moment, specialising in big beers, their heavily fruited sours, pales and dark beers are all fantastic There's a mixed 12 pack here - It doesn't have what I would say is my favourite from them, Anura, which is a Blueberry Sour but Gasp, the peach and apricot milkshake IPA is amazing. https://www.wanderbeyondbrewing.com/product-page/mixed-12-pack-1 These are a few of my local breweries if you want to try something a bit different. Double Barrelled have a tap room which is unfor
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