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Just a quick update of various movements of beers between different buckets, kegs and bottles. It may not look much but then you didn’t have to clean the stone out of the bottles and kegs with a pipe brush and a hosepipe…

The Boxshed Top Secret Autumn Ale finished secondary fermentation, dropping nice and clear. We put 25L into a primed King Keg, which was kept in the warm to build up some pressure and to allow venting of oxygen before being transferred to my bruv’s house down country lanes in the passenger seat of an ageing hatchback. A further 19L filled a cornie for the Boxshed, while several bottles were primed and filled as testers and treats. All are now in cold conditioning, in one shed or another!

The Boxshed Dark Garden ’09 finished primary fermentation and has been siphoned into clean FVs for 5-7 days of secondary in readiness for racking off to a similar selection of kegs and bottles to the Autumn Ale, which has by the way now been given a (hopefully) beguilingly dull name.

*Hopefully there will be news of another brewday later in the week – watch this space*

A few grainy pictures of various transfers:

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Utter twaddle. I’ve just been too busy earning a crust and refinancing my little world to post for a while, that’s all. That and the fact my new iPhone camera doesn’t work very well, doesn’t have a flash, and remarkably lacks both Bluetooth and removable media. It’s a great toy (you can even get brewing software on it created by a fellow UK beer forum bloke), but a crap camera. And phone, frankly.

Anyway, enough bush beating, here’s the latest. The Dark Garden was terrific and as such is long gone. The Pion Brew, Best Bitter and Stout are all finally on tap, although because the Boxshed is so damn cold, the two ales are suffering very badly from chill haze. The same can’t (because it’s simply impossible to tell) be said of the Stout, which as intended tastes terrific with a double port in the bottom of a cold pint.

In other news, thanks to borrowing some equipment off of Tom the microbrewer (he’s normal size you understand, but his plant currently churns out five barrels a pop) and some gratefully received elbow-grease as chance would have it, the APA is also now in 40 pint bottles and has just finished warm conditioning. Oh, plus various swingtops of random beers as well as Pickled Onions (which are great by the way, if you like ’em spicy) have been bundled off as Christmas gifts.

As soon as I work out what the hell Apple is playing at, I’ll post some photos of the current draft offerings and the bottles. If that doesn’t happen before Christmas, I wish you A Very Merry One.

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