Treacle Ale update and Honey Beer

Fuggles

Fuggles (Photo credit: LoopZilla)

The treacle ale is now well on it’s way to being drinkable after I bottled it last week. It had a lovely treacly aroma and I can’t wait to sample it at Xmas. Another beer I have on the go which again I hope will be ready by Xmas is honey beer (recipe below). I am really enjoying these experiments in beer making. I just hope my wine is ready otherwise I will be in trouble though 😉

Honey Beer:
Honey 1lb
Hops( I used fuggles) ½ oz
Juice of 1 lemon
Water to 1 gal
Beer yeast and nutrient

Boil hops in 4 pints of water for 30 minutes. Strain hops, stir in honey and let simmer for a further 5 minutes. Top to 1 gallon with cold water, when wort is cool and juice of lemon, nutrient and yeast. Ferment as normal then siphon into primed bottles and leave for at least 1 week

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Changes

English: Various common fermentation vessels f...

English: Various common fermentation vessels for homebrewing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with us all, things change, life changes, our hobbies come and go yet some things stay constant. I have not hit the keys in menace for quite a while yet the desire still remains. My interests have changed a little yet I still love watching films, reading books and listening to music. I seem to have no creative writing in me yet still I have the desire to share something.

One interest that I have resurrected in the last few months is home brewing beer and wine. I recently barrelled my fourth barrel of homebrew beer and I have a barrel (40 UK pints) of cider. I brew these from kits readily available from a local store and so far the only way I deviate from the instructions is that I use dextrose rather than white sugar.

I have been overjoyed with the results I have achieved so far and it is something that I am to gain more experience in as time goes by.

I am also attempting homebrew wine, the sort where I go and gather hedgerow fruits, then ferment into wine. This is a long process often taking over a year to complete. I hope the rewards are worth it. Only time will tell.

Book Review: The Pathfinder Project by Todd Stockert

The Pathfinder ProjectThe Pathfinder Project by Todd M Stockert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad read with some intriguing concepts. There are some elements that seem a little contrived, the way religion is brought into the story seems more like an afterthought in that the author almost struggled to find an ending and included those parts of the story as a late edit to suit the finale.

The human interactions are quite strong and well written though and when in this mode I found it hard to put down as I always wanted to know what would ultimately happen to the characters, which is a good thing.

The finale is also a little weak, I was hoping for something more detailed perhaps but overall i enjoyed the journey.

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Book Review: Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem by Ayn Rand

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, even though it was read to me rather than me reading the words on the page. From the first few sentences, I was caught up in this ‘sometime in the future’ world yet I get the feeling this was written looking at a political world of not so long ago. I’m not a political person, nor am I the sort of person that reads books because they ‘should’ be read. All I do is pick up a book that looks interesting, read it (or listen to it being read) and then make my own conclusions on it.

I could so easily have listened to much more detail though, it does lack ‘content’ other than the singular view of the lead character. I suspect that is part of the tale though, his view on what he sees and experiences and very little else. Yet I got enough detail to give quite a full picture of the awful world that he lives in and the relief of his escape and the finding of his ‘Brave New World’.

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Audio Books

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I finally purchased a microSD card for my mobile phone the other day, then I set about loading it with stuff I would want to listen to whilst I’m on the bus etc. When I was truck driving I used to listen to a lot of audio books and used to thoroughly enjoy listening to the stories unfold through my working day. I also like getting the odd audio book from the library to have someone read to me before I go off to sleep at nights. I was always surfing the net for other options and quite a few years ago I discovered Librivox.org.

Librivox.org has a campaign to get all the books and short stories that are in the public domain, read and recorded by volunteers so that all this material is available to all. Their recordings are free to download and for the most part, are very good listening. I have used this site on and off for years.

So now I have several classic stories on my phone to listen to when I’m on the bus. I doubt very much if I would pick these up and read them, mainly because I often think they would not interest me but I am more than willing to give a classic book a listen.

In turn, this will affect the look of my Book Shelf page as I finish listening to the audio books, I will add them to the page as normal but I will add a small icon LibriVox.org beside them that states they are free audio books and if you click on the icon, it will take you to the preview and download page for that book at Librivox.org

You can also view the Librivox catalogue at the Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry along with several other collections of audio books that are in the public domain.

At the Internet Archive, you will also find many other voice recording that are downloadable, one of my favourites is Old Time Radio http://www.archive.org/details/oldtimeradio where I listen to old Science Fiction radio plays.

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