Scratching my Head


What fiction authors do! They scratch their head. They do it when they write a plot and when they are finished and revising the plot, and when the revisions are finished and it is to be published and then, finally when it is to be sold. That’s when the scratching really begins! Marketing is theContinue reading “Scratching my Head”

Malt like an Egyptian. Get a craftbrew buzz.


‘History is more or less, bunk,’ claimed Henry Ford. ‘We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present.’ We all have an agenda, and Henry Ford’s was not to go back to the horse and cart. As brewers, we might want to see things differently. The best beers ever were brewed 200 yearsContinue reading “Malt like an Egyptian. Get a craftbrew buzz.”

Homebrew Spin-off


Glasses in Berlin You think you brew for the delight of that first taste of a special beer. That’s how it all starts, but 20 years later I discovered historic beer glasses, each with its own story to tell. Today’s collection was a morning’s work in the Frankfurter Allee in the old east Berlin. Locally,Continue reading “Homebrew Spin-off”

Porter, Stout, Brown Beers, Entire Butts


No more soggy pages, when you employ your PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone, tablet or Android, in the brewery – oh, and no pages to flip shut on you either. It won’t mist up as the screen is always slightly warmer than ambient. Along with its companion on Pale Ale Brewing, this text gives youContinue reading “Porter, Stout, Brown Beers, Entire Butts”

My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 1


 My grandmother, Aunt Joan and father. (1932) 16 Apr 2016 by 6 Comments  © Clive La Pensée There is a much-loved German children’s song. It starts, ‘Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad’. Translated freely one gets ‘My Grandma rides her Honda in the henhouse, and the chorus is, ‘My Grandma is a most amazing girl.’Continue reading “My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 1”

Awesome 19th Century Gyles


https://tinyurl.com/wkqcnwt Pale Ale played a pivotal role in the development of commercial brewing. As such it was the beer that defined the industrial revolution. It began the search for industrial, mechanised brewing. It was where modern brewing began. It gave us the discipline we now call biochemistry.Scientific advances during the early 19th century revealed theContinue reading “Awesome 19th Century Gyles”