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    djc
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    Making malt

    Brewing starts with barley. The starches in barley cannot be fermented, so they must be converted into a fermentable form, by malting. The grains of barley are soaked in water and allowed to germinate. Then they are heated and turned regularly, either in the traditional ‘floor’ maltings or in huge rotating drums.

    When germination has unlocked the rich natural sugars in the barley, the grains are heated in a kiln, which stops germination. The degree of heat affects the type of malt produced and its flavour – high heat produces dark roasted malts, lighter heats lighter coloured malts. Malt does not just give the wherewithal to produce alcohol, it also gives colour and the body of flavour of the beer..

    this was taken from http://www.camra.org.uk (Its isn’t easy!!)

    #395021
    djc
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    Spent the day in rain,hail and gales, whilst 100 12/13 year old learnt about gypsy traveller life in the past and how they live now. Great day but very cold and wet at the end of it. I will add that I volunteer at our local rural life museum.(www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk)

    #397343
    djc
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    Amazingly as I’m loggged on Calander Girls is on the TV. As this is funny thread though I’d add this

    What do a bra and a sheepdog have in common? They both round them up and point them in the right direction!![

    quote]Teacup wrote:

    What about a calendar with “artistically” presented bottoms, cleverly :sleep::sleep:draped (for modesty!) in lush fabrics or partially hidden by wild grasses/trees. We could sell it to raise money for the unemployed workers. Inspired by that movie about the Welsh (I think) miners and Calendar Girls…. (tee hee) Oh yes, it was called The Full Monty.;)

    #394384
    djc
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    baxters6 wrote:

    i had to go and get new rugby gear for g.son at school clothing shop to-day($110) while standing there one boy walks out and gives mum a kiss good-bye.

    our 16yr old just grunts & leaves. there were 4 of us, and the mum that got a kiss, said her boy had only just started year 7.( what a few teanage years do to us), she said he had not hit his growth spurt yet. i know now that i am not

    alone in the “ferral years”.

    but get this he has an assignment 2 x 500 word essays and here is a boy that only can grunt , “i don’t know” “whats for tea?” what did you do at school to-day question from me “nothing” but i get back at him when i do canteen, and he has to “thank you my darling granma” in front of his mates, who also enjoy my joke. bev

    Just to help you along the way by the time they hit about 22 they become human again- I wont say adult coz I think boys don’t gow up the tousa just get more expensive – but if that thought should make you and all other mums of teenage boys smile Bev.

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    #383382
    djc
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    Courgette and Ginger cake

    8 oz Sugar 1lb grated courgette

    4oz Amaranth flour 1 cup chopped glace ginger

    4oz rice flour 1 cup oil

    2tsp cinnamon 3 beaten eggs

    2tsp baking Powder 2tsp vanilla essence

    2tsp groung ginger Water to mix

    4oz sultanas optional

    Put eveything except glace ginger and courgette into food proceessor and blend for 3 min. Stir in courgettes and ginger. Place in 2lb loaf tin(greased and floured) Cook in centre of oven for 45 min- 180 C/350F/ gas 4. Cool in tin for 5-10 mins before turning out.

    #352357
    djc
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    Did you know you can get newsletters from River cottage too. I know a lot of it will be the wrong time of year for as we’re just in the thows of a cold,wet,snowy winter but some of the ideas are really good

    #381277
    djc
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    Make sure they are all dry then put them in a sack, hessian if you can get it- paper if not(But NOT PLASTIC). Then store somewhere cool and dark

    #378289
    djc
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    Check If your interest is added daily or yearly.Daily is better. As I do most of my weekly shopping with cash I get a set amount out each week and any thing that’s left goes off the mortgage. Also if your not tied into a set period shop around for a better rate – we change about every two years

    #377547
    djc
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    I don’t know if it would grow in Australia by we grow purple sprouting broccoli. Its a brassica that you plant one year and it fills the ‘hungry gap’ that you get early spring.

    #373480
    djc
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    I forgot to add hope you feel better soon

    #373479
    djc
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    I know you’ve probably tried it but a spoonful of honey might help the tickly cough. Have it at your bedside and take it as soon as you wake up. Also try sleeping a little propped up- sometimes it can help. An all natural cough reliever I use is fruit vinegar – soak 1lb of soft fruit ( strawberries, raspberries Blackberries or blackcurrants are very good) in 1 pint of malt vinegar for a week stirring occasionally. Strain, to every pint of liquid add 1 lb sugar, bring to boil and simmer until syrupy. Bottle and store in cool dark place. I know it maybe no good now but keeps for a couple of years. I always have some in my cupboard in fact just made the blackberry one this week. Its also good on pancakes!!

    #371075
    djc
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    Hi Burra

    You must be me closest neighbour on ALS

    Its a brilliant site you just have to remeber we’re on the other side of the planet.

    #370209
    djc
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    I think it looks like kale too- the ribs on the leaves look a bit too thick for lettuce.Taste it and see – if its kale it’ll taste a bit cabbagey

    #369309
    djc
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    Gianna wrote:

    djc wrote:

    Gianna wrote:

    I’ve been hearing about this for years, and no, I don’t approve. On that Wife Swap program that was on a couple of years ago, the lady had a wallaby bounding around in her house. How did our native animals get over there as pets in the first place? 🙁

    Wallabies are actullay running wild here in the UK – they escaped from zoos or animal collections and have taken to the environment here.. Its like all things though Gianna, if someone’s got one someone else will want one. I’ll just stick to the dogs and the chooks!!

    :jawdrop: We’re not even allowed to keep them as pets. Unbelievable! :jawdrop:

    Can you send them home please. :shy:

    I’d love them all to come home because you don’t know hwat impact they’ll eventually have on native wildlife- we had grey squirrels(american) let loose over here and they’e virtually wiped out the native red squirrel!!

    #369306
    djc
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    Gianna wrote:

    I’ve been hearing about this for years, and no, I don’t approve. On that Wife Swap program that was on a couple of years ago, the lady had a wallaby bounding around in her house. How did our native animals get over there as pets in the first place? 🙁

    Wallabies are actullay running wild here in the UK – they escaped from zoos or animal collections and have taken to the environment here.. Its like all things though Gianna, if someone’s got one someone else will want one. I’ll just stick to the dogs and the chooks!!

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