Almost Off Grid

  • Mead Making Journal - Almost Off Grid Journal 1 is here!

    Do you want to master the art and craft of making mead?  The Almost Off Grid Mead Making Journal has everything you need to get started. After such...
  • Additives in Winemaking

    This list contains 15 additives you will find in winemaking recipes, plus a word about sulphites in wine. The purpose of this list of Additives in Winemaking is to explain some of the options available. Then you can decide whether or not you wish to use them, or find a 'natural' alternative where one exists.

  • Elderflower Wine Recipe

    To start the month of June we walked up to The Long Man of Wilmington with our sandwiches for tea, and picked our first Elderflowers to make this Elderflower Wine Recipe. We only picked a few, so I made a half batch. This is the recipe for the full batch, ie 6 bottles. If you too want to make a small batch wine, simply halve everything.
  • Almost Off Grid Mead Recipe for Beginners

    This year marks the 4th year of our Homebrew shop. Interest in mead making seems to us to have increased a lot over those years. When people ask us for a Mead Recipe for Beginners, this is the recipe we use. It's ideal as a base for adding fruits and herbs.
  • Pickled Wild Garlic Buds Recipe

    Love Wild Garlic? Me too. Did you know the flowers and the seed pods are edible, as well as the leaves? Well they are, and they're just as delicious. It is wonderful to preserve the different elements of this delicious plant when it's in season, so you can carry on enjoying it through the rest of the year. 
  • Making Sloe Gin with Dried Sloes

    A few years ago I wrote about How to Make Your Own Sloe Gin. We are often asked about Making Sloe Gin with Dried Sloes in place of fresh ones, and this is how you do that. 
  • Growing Thai Basil from Supermarket Cuttings

    Do you love Thai Basil? Me too. I love the stuff. But basil can be a bit of a struggle to grow from seed. And even when it isn't, it takes longer than this method does ! Try Growing Thai Basil the quick and easy way instead - from supermarket cuttings.
  • Homemade Creamy Ricotta Cheese

    Making your own cheese at home is one of life's pleasures. These basic, soft cheeses are simple to make and it's rewarding to make them yourself using fresh, natural ingredients. Homemade Creamy Ricotta Cheese is one of the simplest of all. Step-by-step video included.
  • Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

    If you've never tried Hawthorn Ketchup before, it has an unusual, sweet and sour-like taste. It is fairly runny, so you can bottle it as an alternative to putting it in a jar. Lovely with sausages, cold meats and cheese, simple to make. Once you've tasted it, you have to make it every year!
  • Homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur using Top Shelf Essence

    This homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur is a winner. Gorgeous for Christmas yet perfect as a year-round treat, it is very simple to make.  If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you'll know I make a range of homemade liqueurs, some from scratch and some using Top Shelf Essences by Still Spirits.
  • How to make Homemade Hazelnut Liqueur with Top Shelf Essence

    This hazelnut liqueur is lovely. It is very simple to make using Top Shelf Almond Liqueur Essence, a base and vodka.

    Andy makes this liqueur every Christmas, and sometimes in the months in-between - it is that good! Lovely on it's own, over ice or in coffee. 

  • Homemade Clementine and Brandy Butter

    With Christmas rapidly approaching, we have started making the lovely little side dishes that, for us, make Christmas so special. Not least of all because we don't have them at any other time of year. One such thing we make is Clementine and Brandy Butter.