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  • Round up - Complete List of Muntons Gervin Yeasts, and when to use them

    A complete list of Gervins Yeast by Muntons, and when to use them. Whatever you are brewing at home, there will always be a Gervin yeast which fits the bill! With superfast delivery from our shop in East Sussex.
  • Elderflower and Lemon Mead Recipe

    We were videoing about how to make Joe's Ancient Orange Mead (JAO) the other day and didn't have a demijohn of it to show off at the end. Not becau...
  • Homemade Lemonade using Whole Lemons

    I made lemonade using whole lemons. I usually make Fermented Lemonade which adds a different twist. I had forgotten how simple and delicious homemade lemonade could be! With just 3 ingredients: lemons, sugar and water.
  • Growing Salad Leaves in Rain Guttering

    We've been growing salad leaves in rain guttering for years. If you've thought about it too and are not sure where to start, this is how to get yours set up. You can enjoy fresh, beautiful Salad Leaves whenever you want them, all year round. And all at very low cost.
  • How to build a Brick Herb Spiral

    A Herb Spiral is a lovely feature to have in any growing space, like the ultimate raised bed. We have had an allotment for years, and I've always wanted one. This is a step by step guide describing how we built our Herb Spiral with repurposed bricks.
  • Make Your Own Chive Blossom Vinegar

    Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow. Every year they produce a mass of beautiful flowers. Which is your cue to make your own Chive Blossom Vinegar. The most beautiful vinegar you will ever have, to look at and to taste, on chip shop chips with seasalt. Don't believe me? Wait until you try it.
  • Homebrew tips: Is it ok to use Expired Yeast?

    During the Covid-19 lockdown, we have been asked by many customers about using old kits. The conversation goes something like this: I stopped brewing a while ago, and have found an old kit in my garage. Can I still use it? This is how you test to find out whether your yeast is still active.
  • Beer Quick Bread Recipe with a Buttery Top

    Whilst we knew we had ordered a cheese box, we weren't expecting it today. As there wasn't time to make a standard bread loaf in time for lunch, I decided to make Beer Quick Bread instead. I started at 11.30 and it was ready by 1. The smell is incredible, the taste is delicious! It makes fantastic toast too.
  • Fresh Elderflower Cordial Recipe

    It's mid-June and the elderflowers are coming to an end. I actually thought the flowers were finished in this part of the country, and then we found more. Elderflower cordial is now available to buy in the shops all year round, but there really isn't anything quite like homemade in season.
  • Yogurt Soap Recipe

    I have discovered my new favourite homemade soap recipe. This Yogurt Soap Recipe makes a beautiful creamy white soap with just the right amount of bubbles, thanks to the Coconut and Olive Oils. If you enjoy making soap at home you are going to love it!
  • The Quick and Easy Way to make Homemade Yogurt

    I have been making my own yogurt for years and years. If you've never made yogurt before, prepare to be amazed at how simple it is.
  • The Easy Way to Sterilise Jars for Preserving

    We do a lot of preserving. It took me a while to find the easy way to sterilise jars. I used to sterilise jars in hot water. This was quite a lot o...