Author: chris

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Batch #2 – Witbier

For this Witbier I’m using a recipe from Greg Hughes’ book Home Brew Beer. A book that is often considered the “bible” of home brewers. This is essentially a clone of Hoegaarden. From the...

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Batch #1 – Pale Ale

This is my first “brew day” on the Royal Catering 30L Mash Tun. This is basically the same machine as the Brewmonk, Ace Hopcat, BrewDevil, etc. I decided to start with a simple recipe,...

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Muntons Hazy IPA

The Hazy IPA kit from Muntons is frequently praised as being the best beer kit home-brewers have used. It is a New England style Hazy IPA that “will produce strong citrus and grapefruit notes...

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Mangrove Jack’s Pink Grapefruit IPA

Is this the best beer kit ever? I love BrewDog’s Elvis Juice. I think it might be my favourite beer. And the Mangrove Jack’s Pink Grapefruit IPA, “inspired” by the BrewDog headliner, receives praise...

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Christmas Pudding Dark Ale

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a pub, especially for more than a meal. Over the winter season I used to enjoy trying out some of the Christmas beers that were...

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Cooper’s Dark Ale

The only reason I brewed this beer was to have a base to make my Christmas Pudding Dark Ale. I decided I didn’t want 40 pints of Christmas-y beer, so I kept half “untouched”...

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St Peter’s Ruby Red Ale

The St Peter’s Ruby Red Ale is the first beer I ever home brewed. I bought a “getting started” kit from Home Brew Online. It came with the required equipment to get started (a...

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Bike Maintenance Checklist

General Clean bike Check frame for cracks / dents Bounce bike and check for rattles and noises Remove, clean and re-lubricate seat post. Wheels Check tyres for wear / cuts. Replace if necessary. Check...

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Running Your Own VPN Using Docker

I’ve previously written about running your own VPN using a very low end tiny VPS. That post worked well for OpenVZ “tiny” virtual machines, but was not very portable. Using Docker and OpenVPN it’s...

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Docker and WordPress

I run a couple of WordPress websites. For the many years I’ve been using various shared web hosts to host the sites, but recently they started to fail me for various reasons. Fortunately, I...