The Idiot Gardener

WARNING: This site contains information on gardening, brewing, curing meat,

building shit and hunting, all done in a piss-poor manner. It is not suitable for the

feeble-minded, the weak and lame, those of a nervous disposition, vegans and

vegetarians (and those other ones that only eat fish and the occasional bacon

sandwich - I think they're called 'hypocrites'), those who practice any

manner of folk singing or dancing, people named Colin or fans of Barry Gibb.

Buffalo 3kW Induction Hob Review

When considering brewing, one potential waste of time has to be getting a large volume of wort to a rolling boil. Personally I use (make that..

Pressing Times: Cider and Perry

The end of 2016 saw a flurry of activity at FAoI as I finally got my arse into gear and addressed the ever growing mountain of apples and pears. The original..

Who’s been eating my pears?

One of the attractions of FAoI was a small but seemingly productive orchard area. The plan was simple; plant a few cider apple and perry pear trees to extend..

Welcome to the Idiot Brewery

Plans are being planned, work is starting, the Idiot Brewery is open for business. Well, when I say open, I mean I opened the door, looked inside, muttered..

Split Batch Stout

I like Russian Imperial Stout. You like Russian Imperial Stout. Let’s face it; we all like Russian Imperial Stout but when you’re chasing your..

Fermentis SafBrew Abbaye Yeast Review

I had a rare moment in the supermarket where I bought a bottle of every single French and Belgian beer available. Okay, it was only around 20 bottles, but out..

The Homebrew stock list

Ask many homebrewers the secret to ensuring that your beer ages well, and they’ll tell you that you need to build up some stock! It’s hard to let a..

Nutty Chimp: the anti-craft beer has landed!

As a beer drinker who hates the general run of the mill creamy shit, you might wonder why I am against so-called ‘Craft’ beer. I’m not; well,..

Overnight Mash

If you’ve ever had a rushed brewday, then you might have considered an overnight mash. You might also have considered one if you’re a disorganised..

Homebrew versus Craft Beer

Why do people make homebrew? It was once done because it was cheap. Then people did it for a wider choice of beers. However, in today’s world, would we..

Dirty Chimp Oatmeal Stout

The trouble with alcohol is that in recent years it has been dumbed down to cater for the tastes of people who really shouldn’t drink. Take cider as an..

Polynesian Gibbon (featuring Nelson Sauvin)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a pint of Polynesian Gibbon! First off, the recipe! This is for 5 UK Gallons. If you want to convert it to 5 US Gallons, then..


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