Author Archives: Mick Gall

About Mick Gall

Hello, my name is Mick Gall and I hail from Teynham in sunny Kent. I love gardening and ale so I thought I'd try this blogging m'larky. One blog is about all the great ales,ciders,pubs and brewers we have in Kent and Sussex the other is about gardening and wildlife, plus some folklore thrown in.

Making Cider pt 4 – Cider Day

Well everything was ready for cider day, the equipment all made and the apples picked. There was only one day available for various reasons, so the cider would have to be pressed on that day, whatever the weather. Glad to … Continue reading

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Making Cider Pt 3 -The Pressing Racks

With the mill and the press made it was time to make the racks.Like the mill and press there are many styles and ways to make them but the most popular way seems to be to make a square lattice out … Continue reading

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Making Cider pt 2 The Cider Press

After the apple mill the next thing was the cider press. Again the type I wanted was too expensive, so the tools couldn’t be put away just yet – at least the power tools that usually sit in the shed … Continue reading

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Making Cider pt 1 Making an Apple Mill

  To make cider you need apple juice, to get apple juice you need to press apples and to press apples they need to be made into small pieces, either by being crushed or chopped up.Crushing the apples is the … Continue reading

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The Brew Shed

So apparently,  if I was going to do this brewing M’larkey,  I need to get my s**t together and get the brew shed sorted out. Now I couldn’t see a problem with how it was, I knew exactly where everything … Continue reading

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Turbo Cider

Here’s a quick way to make a gallon of cheap cider. All you need is 5l of supermarket apple juice, pectolase, wine yeast, yeast nutrient, sugar and tannin, which can come from some strong black tea. For the first part … Continue reading

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Mickey Moonbeams Ltd

What ho chums Just formed a company and registered with Companies House, Mickey Moonbeams Ltd. Now have a domain name too, mickeymoonbeams.co.uk Whoop whoop. Better put me serious head on now when it comes to brewing. ‘This time next year … Continue reading

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Micky Moonbeams – Nettle Ale

Think stinging nettle and you think weed,well nettles are much more than just a weed. From ancient times, nettles have been used as a source of  fiber – in Denmark, burial shrouds made of nettle fabrics have been discovered that date … Continue reading

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Mickey Moonbeam’s Marvelous Mead

Hægl Freond! (That’s old English for What Ho Chums). We always tend to think of mead as being a part of ‘Merry Olde England’  – Anglo-Saxons, Robin Hood, ‘Good Queen Bess’ and other things like that from England’s glorious past … Continue reading

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Chateau Moonbeam’s Van Plonk

Salut. Bonjour et Ca Va. That’s Frenchie speak for What Ho Chums. Well the alcoholic grape juice has brewed and been bottled. Just had a bottle and haven’t got heartburn so it must be ok. So here’s the label for … Continue reading

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