Hello from Alderney

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Bill W

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Hello everyone, from Alderney in the Channel Islands.
I'm about to start making wine, beers and cider after an absence from the hobby of well over thirty years.
Obviously, a few things have changed over that time, though the basics remain the same. From what I've read, the biggest changes have happened in the beer department and I'm beginning to get my head around a whole new vocabulary.
As my old gear was given away many years ago, I'm starting from scratch and have bought a basic starter equipment kit of 2 x 33litre buckets, hydrometer, siphon etc. I'm still wrestling with the decision on beer storage. I don't particularly fancy the faff of bottling beer but pressure barrels bring their own problems, not least of which is the total lack of availability of co2 bulbs, s30 cylinders and sodastream cylinders on the island and the fact that it seems impossible to get them sent by courier/post. Enough about that here. I'll post separately about that.
Thankfully, wine-making doesn't seem to have become more complex, and I've been given 4 demijohns by a neighbour. I'll be pressing those into service very soon, probably a rhubarb wine, a mint wine and gallon of turbo cider as a practice run for when the apples come into season. Family and friends have been instructed to keep wine bottles, so I'm all set for the off.
Looking forward to picking up some tips and recipes, re-learning the art and science, and enjoying some home-brewed tipples.
 

Bill W

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Hi Rod, and thank you. Your location "on the island". Is that THE island? :D
 

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Welcome Bill,
My advice is don't be seduced into spending your hard-earned on flash equipment. Plastic buckets make excellent beer. I'd go the bottle route. yes they're a pain in the arris, not least that they take around 6 weeks to condition. the solution to this is to make loads of beer so you've always got plenty to choose from.
 

Bill W

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Hello Bill and welcome to the forum :hat: Are you in touch with @Alderneybrew who also joined recently, or perhaps your account name changed?
Hi T.E.T.B.

I've said hello to him on his welcome thread post. I think I've "spoken" to his wife on Facebook, but you never know, there may be 3 or more of us on the island. I certainly know of a few who make cider in the autumn.
 

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When I was little we used to come over to Jersey or Guernsey most years and I loved it - we often stayed at Le Coupon de Rozel, and had a hire car which was invariably a white Mini. Many happy memories :-)
 
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