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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Friday, December 02, 2005

Non-vintage

Sadly it looks like I may not get any homebrew cider done this year. I left it far too late to go out into the garden to gather in my apples (I know, pathetic isn't it). I was finally going to do it last weekend and then I discovered that our local water supply has been contaminated with cryptosporidium (thanks to the BBC news website for that gem of information - it would have been nice to hear from the water board or the local council) and we need to boil it before drinking.

Even if I could be bothered to boil 5 gallons of water, I suspect it probably wouldn't do any favours to the ultimate taste of the brew, and I'm not going to risk making cider with contaminated water. Apparently the water supply probably won't be clean again until late January, by which time it will almost certainly be too late to get the apples in. I'm going to have to wait until then to do more beer too, but at least that comes out of a tin, so isn't going to present a supply problem.
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