Smallholding First Brew And The Cattle Sample Their First Bale Of Silage.
We sampled our first smallholding brewed bitter last night. That's my smallholding 'bible' in the background: John Seymour's The New Complete book of Self Sufficiency, The classic guide for realists and dreamers. The original book: Self Sufficiency, inspired me many moons ago to get an allotment and set off on my self supporting journey. The bitter tasted like bitter ("no?") and it was a bit flat but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. John Seymour says in the book that you should leave the bottles for about ten days to fizz up. I waited for 3 days. Hmm....
That's Ruby and Sooty my two Limousin cross heifers and 2 of the bullocks looking at the camera taken this Tuesday morn. The grass is not growing and they seem to be poaching (no they don't eat eggs) and cutting everywhere up. So one of my kind neighbours helped me bring them up to the yard and they followed a bucket of beef nuts. The silage is like haylage and smells like cider. Don't know if they are in for the winter but at they have got grass (71 and a bit bales) to scoff and leave me lots of country pancakes which will eventually feed my vegetable plot.
We managed to get 2 more brews on the go yesterday. There's forty pints of Scottish Heavy and forty pints of Young's Cider brewing in the kitchen. So we have 120 pints in total. Please let me know if I am brewing it wrong or even right?