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If you can’t read, then don’t read this. Home Brewed

It would be trite to say that this article puts beer on tap. Beer is quite often on tap. But if you’ve ever thought about brewing your own, Gary Marriner is here to tell you how...

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” Plato You’ll need to get hold of a few fundamentals. The first key thing you’ll need is a barrel in which to brew your amber nectar (I recommend the King Keg Top Tap Barrel). Next, you’ll need some ingredients. A lot of this comes down to personal taste. Myself, I like a medium ale with a full hops flavour and a touch of yeast. For less than £15 pounds you can get a good quality ingredients kit online. I recommend the Woodforde’s Wherry Bitter. It’s a damn fine specimen of a true English Bitter and goes down a treat with good cheese and cured meats. You’ll also need a sachet of yeast for the magic of fermentation. The first and most important thing is that you sterilize every-


thing - if there is any a bacterium or dirt in your barrel or pipes then they’ll mix in with your beer and make it foul. Rinse out your barrel and pour your concentrate in. Add 6 pints of boiling water and shake vigorously in order to dissolve all the concentrate. Next add 29 further pints of cold water and shake once more before adding your yeast. Give it one last shake and place the barrel in a dark area and regulate the temperature between 68 and 77 °F for 2 weeks (it is worth it). Collect together a group of friends and lovers and enjoy your first ever home made pint. It really is that simple! Check out for supplies. Good luck to anyone having a go and happy drinking to you all.

Energy boost

Beer just doesn’t do it for you? Try this on for size. If you’re the kind of person who knows what 5 o’clock feels like (whether you are of the super keen rower or the apathetic all night ditherer variety) you might want to check out this revolutionary new recipe. Described memorably by one man who claimed it was like being kicked in the throat by a donkey wearing Timberland boots, the Nutella with Coffee beans mix won’t leave you short changed in the energy boost department. To enjoy this elixir simply take the required ingredients (Nutella and coffee beans), mix thoroughly together and pop in your gob.

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