Homebrew 101

Homebrew 101

From the outset it is necessary to declare that I am a novice homebrewer, and at the time of writing, I have done five brews using mostly two-tin kits. Rather than putting you off, I hope this encourages you take a look at the Homebrew 101 articles. I am just a normal bloke who gotContinue Reading Homebrew 101

Don’t assume

Don’t assume

While I was out on one of my Ale Trail bike rides, I stopped at one of my favourites. The Magpie and Parrot is situated just outside Shinfield at the end of what looks to be a short by-pass. It’s the kind of pub where you feel like you’re sat in someone’s living room. That’sContinue Reading Don’t assume

Ale Trail 2018

Ale Trail 2018

Every year, the Reading and Mid Berks branch of CAMRA put on an ale trail in the lead up to the Reading Beer Festival. This year, the trails runs from February 10th to April 4th, and features 24 pubs in and around Reading. It really is one of my favourite times of the year, gettingContinue Reading Ale Trail 2018

The Christmas Brew

The Christmas Brew

Having tasted my first home brew and thought it was slightly better than expected, I felt that, for my Christmas brew, I should try something a little more special. Whilst in my local home brew shop (very knowledgeable owner), I saw two Courage kits. One of them was a best bitter (generally what I goContinue Reading The Christmas Brew

Bottling Day

Bottling Day

  It has now been two weeks since I started the brewing process. The beer had been in the primary fermentation vessel for a week before I transferred it to a secondary for a further week. Someone I work with suggested this as it would lead to a clearer beer at the end, owing toContinue Reading Bottling Day