Wednesday, July 16, 2008



I've just noticed - 3 months and 4 days since I got married. The time's flown by. And I'm very, very happy (and that's not just because I've a tankard of 5% ginger beer in my hand). Very content as well.


Ginger Beer

The ginger beer was ready for bottling this weekend, now the sg has got down to the 1005 level. It's now sitting around in the utility room in a variety of bottles. The fermentation should carry on in the bottles and give it a reasonable fizz.

I've tried some of it already and it tastes quite good, definitely tastes like ginger beer (and not at all like cough medicine) though obviously no fizz to it yet and not at all sweet.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008


The Vikings have Landed

We've been down to Portsmouth to have a look at the replica Viking longboat that's been sailing around the UK. It's tiny, only 30m long and has 60 people on board when sailing. Apparently they work 4 hours on and then 4 hours off, sleeping on the floor in between the rowing benches.

Interestingly, one of the crew was saying that the top half of the boat was a bit of a guess when it was constructed and they're not sure they've got the oar arrangement correct. If all 60 people try and row at the same time then they find their heads in the lap of the person behind them. They can row as fast with 30 people as with 60. However it could just be that they need to practice.
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