Aussies Living Simply

  • The best explosion proof Home brew bottles are PET soft drink bottles. If you give them a good wash and boil the caps they make make a great free home brew bottle. The only problem with these bottles are most of them are clear and your beer can become light struck. The advantage to them though is that if you over prime your bottles they dont…[Read more]

  • If you want to make a simple quick brew with equipment of limited size you can do some thing called a one can brew. You simply add your can of Goo from the supermarket to a litre or two of warm water give it a stir and top up to 12 litres and add your yeast. You will end up with a brew that is about 4% abv depending on the can you use. From adding…[Read more]

  • There are a few articles on the net about keeping guinea pigs for meat and alot of them say that they don’t dress out very well as they are difficult to skin and are full of bones.

    I know that if I had a few in a hutch though the temptation would be two great and a couple would make it into the Weber at some stage. You should let your husband…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Bees please? in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Kazbah, I am quite keen one to get into a bit of Bee Keeping my self. I was talking to a guy the other day who lives on a suburban block in Werribee Victoria and he was telling me he keeps two hives and last year he collected 120 litres/kilograms of honey from them.

    Check out this link put out by the DPI it has some really interesting…[Read more]

  • I spoke to a guy I know who keeps Calafornian Quail this afternoon and all of his birds rear their own young so he does not sell eggs. If I hear of any eggs around the traps I will let you know.

  • replied to the topic Wicking boxes/ planters in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 6 months ago

    That looks really good!! Do you put holes in the box or do you keep it all sealed up?

  • Today I picked this fist full Bok Choy. I bought this plant for 7 cents from K-Mart about 2 months ago. It was in the chuck out seedling section and when I took it to the register the lady laughed at me and told me that she thought she was ripping me off charging me 5 cents (They round the price down).

    Now look who is laughing!!!!!

  • replied to the topic Snail Farm in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks Guys I am glad you enjoyed my post. I was actually quite surprised how disgusted some people were when I offered them some of my home grown snails. Every body who did try them really enjoyed them but most people turned their nose up at them.

    Here is a link to a site that I got alot of info from

    one of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Snail Farm in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 6 months ago

    The ill fitting lid which gave me all the problems.

  • replied to the topic Snail Farm in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 6 months ago

    An aerial view of my farm

  • replied to the topic Alcholic % in the forum Brewing and winemaking 12 years, 6 months ago

    It is really easy to get a fairly accurate alchohol content for most things that you are going to brew at home. All you need to do is to use a hydrometer which will definitely be available at all home brew stores and I think I have even seen them in K-Mart and Big W.

    In simple terms a hydrometer measures the amount of fermentables found in the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic solar incubator? in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 6 months ago

    Sounds like an interesting project Chooken. Does your system work by the solar panel charging the battery, the battery then being hooked up to an amplifyer of some sort to power the electric fence?

    If this is the case could you not just run the solar panel and bettery as they are and then run a 12v to 240v inverter from the battery to power up…[Read more]

  • Wow what a great looking set of plans. I bet you can’t wait to get cracking! Look forward to hearing about your adventures with beaurocrats and building off the grid.

  • I think I read some where that the mother usually only feeds her kittens once a day usually in the early morning.

    If it was me I think I would leave the rest of the litter with the mother and see how things go. What breed of rabbit are you keeping?

  • replied to the topic My poor duck…. in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 7 months ago

    Would a little Duck and Chicken freindly dog be an option. When I was a kid and we lived in the country we had a little fox terrier cross who would always let us know when a snake was around and he would usually see them off pretty quickly.

  • replied to the topic which Zucchini's in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 7 months ago

    I’m glad this thread popped up. I have been trying to decide on which zucchini to go with. Is there a variety which does not require alot of sun light?

  • replied to the topic Recycled Watering Can in the forum Tutorials 12 years, 7 months ago

    I had the exact same watering can and the handle broke off mine when I picked it up adn it shattered into a million pieces. After being covered in water I did not think to do anything as crafty as Creeker but I did keep the green rose poorer thing. It does not fit my new watering can but if any body has any use for it P.M me your address and I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ALOTMENT PLOTS in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 7 months ago

    Sounds like a great opportunity for such a small contribution. I remember the alotment system alot of people took advantage of in London when I lived there. Alot of the guys who drank in my Pub who had plots would bring in their veg and swap it for pints of Beer and we would use it on the menu:tup:

    The only problem I could see with it is that if…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic button quail in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 8 months ago

    Hi I thought I would bump this thread as I am going to pick up my first pair of Quail with three bubby quail on saturday morning.

    Reading through the backyard livestock thread, I read that alot of people keep Japanese Quail. Are Japanese Quail a better option?

    Would love to hear from people who are keeping King Quail/Button Quail as it would be…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic quail in the forum Backyard livestock 12 years, 8 months ago

    That is a great little video. I am curently setting up a small backyard rabbitry, might have to get a few quail next week!!!!