Monday, 22 March 2010

Could have been disastrous !

Albert Crackleport here..............with breaking news of an averted disaster..
The second brew is very slightly reduced from yesterday ! Yes a leaking tap in the fermentation barrel could have been disastrous, but no fear dear reader Uncle Albert spotted the impending doom and stopped the leak. Due to the adverse weather conditions in 'Sidevalve County' your clever and cunning Uncle had moved the brews into his small compact office where he could keep an eye on them and tend their every need. Ok whilst the Baroness doesn't know.......unfortunately she soon will now 4 pint of the best english ale has soaked into the carpet....
Will Albert live to tell the tale...............I write this with fear of discovery...........Pray for Albert tonight and he could lve to tell the tale........
Eeeeeeeekkkkkk..the Baroness approaches...must hide........


Saturday, 13 March 2010

Down in 'The Old Sidevalve'

Greetings Oldsidevalvers, Albert here reporting on the latest preperations for the festival. Its an early start for me today ( I call 7.30 a.m. on a Sunday early !) and I'm already down 'The Sidevalve' starting the first brew. I have limited capacity with only 2 heated fermenters so time is of the essence.
Tech fact - Production capacity - 80 pint max
I'm going to attempt to brew, bottle, and bottle condition 230 pint which should stock 'The Sidevalve' up nicely !
I'm sure every night of the festival will be a celebration of the days achievements, so how long will nearly 30 gallon last ? Not long !
The various brews are still on the secret list but the ingredients where sourced from a new contact of mine at Hampstead Brewing Centre. All at reasonable price which is important to Albert.>
I've various tins of malt, bags of different hops, grains and yeasts. Thanks to Chris at Hampstead I've also a recipe book to follow so here goes.........lets get started.
Oh, by the way, the rhubarb cider is safely bottled, slightly different taste to last time but that may be in account of the fact that I doubled the sugar to increase the ABV somewhat.......heeeheee

Look out for more postings soon

Monday, 8 March 2010


Belgium Calling!

With all "systems" running, coating the petrol tank was one of the final things to put some effort we did this morning.
Presuming it was a very liquid substance all preparations were firmly executed but once mixed it appeared to be rather a sort of paint.
This made all a bit more easy and we're pretty confident the Italian lady will make it to Brittain she will be mounted in a car.