- Apr 12, 2016
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Quote of the year @Dutto "Why ruin a decent lunch by investigating now. It isn't going anywhere."In 2004 SWMBO and I were having lunch on our boat and letting it float down the canal between Bruges and Ghent.
As I'd brought the boat to a stop I nudged the bank of the canal and noticed what looked like a shop window mannequin floating about ten metres away. I had my suspicions at the time that it may not be a mannequin but thought "Why ruin a decent lunch by investigating now. It isn't going anywhere."
After lunch the "mannequin" had floated away from the boat but all it needed was to start the engine, nudge the boat into gear, stop the engine and glide a bit closer. It was at this time that we realised that it was the naked body of a woman floating belly up.
We didn't have a mobile phone with us so we asked a group of young lads passing along the tow-path to call the Police. One of the lads asked "How do you know it's a woman?" and got a brief description of a ladies anatomy! He looked a bit green after the explanation and it probably put him off women for life!
Anyhow, by judicious use of boat and boathook, I got the body over to the far side of the canal (away from the tow-path where people were walking) and by the time Police and Fire Brigade arrived in the field alongside it was up against the sloping cobbles that line the canal in that area. During prods with the boat hook I could see that the corpse had been in the water a long time and that the outer layers of the ladies flesh had gone like dimpled soap. (Known as saponification - I've seen a few bodies over the years and yesterday I had one floating in my FV!)
The Fire Brigade lads got out two long handled "rakes" and managed to roll the corpse out of the canal and up the canal bank without even getting their feet wet. It was at this stage we realised that the lady didn't have a head. The canal was a bit murky and the gases in the stomach and chest area had meant that the body had been floating belly up so the shoulders (and where her head should have been) had been out of sight underwater.
The Police took our details and we sailed off into the sunset on the boat.
It could have ended there, but we made two subsequent enquiries with the Ghent Police. One a year later (2005) as we passed through Ghent on the boat and a second in 2007 when we were passing through by car. On both occasions the Police had managed to find out zero information about the lady, but suspected that she was an illegal immigrant to Belgium who had been working or forced into the sex-trade and killed by her employer for some reason.
A sad and sobering reminder that these things occur; but on this of all days at least we remember her and hope that she had a family to grieve for her even if they don't know that she is dead!
Not all days are "Happy Days" eh?
... and this from about six weeks later?PUMPKIN ALE USING WILCO CERVEZA KIT AS A BASE
Added 1 x Tablespoon of Mixed Spice and 8 Cloves and boiled for two hours.
MAY BE READY FOR NEW YEAR - but will be better for the cold days of late January!
Well here we are, almost a year after bottling the brew so today I tried one and IT STILL TASTES MAINLY OF CLOVES but, ever the optimist I'll hang on to the remaining bottles because it may still come good as a "Winter Warmer"!.......
The Spiced Pumpkin Ale is clearing okay but still has the predominant (but getting better) medicinal taste of cloves. As a "Winter Warmer" I'm sure that it will be fine by the middle of the month.
Thanks, but I did it and then forgot to calculate it. It's 26g per 100ml which puts the potential ABV up to 5.25% which is a bit high for me.Don't forget to calculate the sugar in the syrup. If memory serves me it's about 80g per 100ml
Love the sound of the Cherry Lager Dutto. Is the recipe in this thread ?EPA
Yesterday I took the FG of the EPA at 1.008 which gives an ABV of 3.15%.
The brew tasted okay so I made up a Hop Tea out of some spare B&M Ale pellets and added it to the half of the brew that is being carbonated with sugar. (The other half is being carbonated with CO2 in a growler.)
The B&M Ale kits have always been a bit too bitter for my taste so it will be good to see how the different batches turn out.
WOW! Today I tasted the Cherry Lager and first indications are "superb". With an FG of 1.010 it will have an ABV of 5.25%. With + 0.5% for carbonation, I decided that the brew should easily keep until the summer so I added 80g of Brewing Sugar and a Hop Tea made from 30g of Hallertau Leaf and stacked them in Fridge No.1 to carbonate. Plan "A" is to drop the temperature in the fridge to ambient (at the moment the garage is maintaining +7*C to +8*C) and let it condition in the dark until it is time to move it to the shelves.
All-in-all a good couple of day's work. Everything tidied up, nothing broken and no-one injured; can't be bad!
Next brew will be a "Grapefruit Pale Ale" to try and emulate the Batemans Gold on sale at local breweries using Maris Otter, Chinook and Cascade. Here's hoping!
Yella Belly Gold is brewed using lager malt, so it might be with getting some of that in if you want to get really close to the original, although I did think it would be great with MO.Next brew will be a "Grapefruit Pale Ale" to try and emulate the Batemans Gold on sale at local breweries using Maris Otter, Chinook and Cascade. Here's hoping!