Homebrew Labels: Some Photoshop-ing/GIMP-ing

This post contains 8 labels. Click on the label to enlarge.

Some “art” work for my homebrew! A bit of a random post, but I’d like to think that I am very thorough with my brews! From the sanitation to the labelling. I am lagging behind the label making, but I will catch up as soon as I have some time.

  1. Wagerberg Original Lager
  2. Just your ordinary lager, blond and clear! Earlier post!

  1. WillHoneyWeiss Spiced Honey Weiss Beer
  2. Weissbier seasoned with orange peel and coriander Earlier post!

  1. Tobias KinderDoppelBock
  2. High gravity bock-style lager.

  1. StrawberLy GarWeiss Strawberry Banana WeissBier
  2. Wheat beer with fresh strawberries added to secondary fermentation, using yeast which leaves a hint of banana flavour in the beer. That’s technology for ya!

  1. Wagerberg Backyard Plum Wine
  2. Plum wine made with fresh plums from my own backyard! Probably the cheapest brew yet! Less than 50p per bottle.

  1. StrawberLy Mead
  2. Simple dry mead, with strawberry added to secondary and tertiary fermentation.

  1. Feel the Beet Beetroot Mead
  2. Experimental recipe which worked very well! Earlier post!

  1. Ray Teabaggins Tea Ale
  2. Pale Ale with 24-hour cold brew tea added before bottling.

Time is on my side! Part II

About one month ago, I started growing some beetroot seeds. Here is the post. After a couple of weeks, only three seeds had come up. I didn’t really understand why, so I decided to leave it there and plant some more, but bring these to my room. I found out why my beets were not growing… because the seeds were gone! How, you may ask? A pigeon was eating them on a daily basis, but now they are protected! The summer beetroot mead is back on! Looking healthy!

Jams, no pectin… all natural!

Apologies for the bad picture quality… my camera has been borrowed!

Lately, I’ve been making a lot of jam… why? Just because I want to test a recipe that I came up with. Is the recipe transferrable to different fruits? The answer is: So far, yes! A base recipe and just exchanging the fruit seem to be working wonders!

What was used so far?

  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Banana
  • Beetroot
  • Seedless chillies
  • Red Peppers

Advantages of no pectin jam? (That I have noticed)

  • True flavour: As you boil the water off to gel it up, you taste the true flavour of the fruit… concentrated!
  • If you keep it all organic, you can have an all natural, just as nature intended, good old jam!

Disadvantages of no pectin jam? (That I have noticed)

  • Lower yield: As you need to boil the water off to get that jelly consistency, you get less jam… a lot less, actually;
  • It takes up to 45 minutes to make it, against 5-10mins of a pectin added jam.

Since the recipe has been a trial and error and I adjusted them to my personal preference, well, I will leave up to you to come up with yours!

Time is on my side! Homebrew from scratch

“Time is on my side… yes, it is!”… Which Rolling Stone’s fan doesn’t like this song? But no, I am not referring to music, but to home brewing. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands and see the true costs of home brewing, if you have time on your side!

My most successful brew was my very own, original recipe beetroot mead. I haven’t had anything like it and had amazing feedback from who tasted some of the only 6 bottles I produced. Now, I decided to take matters into my own hands to see: How little can 30L of mead cost me? If people enjoyed it, let’s try to make it as cheap as possible, so more can be produced!

I just planted the beetroot seeds and they are beginning to appear! First step done! Total cost so far: £1

Next steps will follow! A nice homebrew done from scratch!

Wagerberg’s Products……. a collection so far!

Wagerberg at full steam! Well, this is the labelled collection, so far! Plus the Beetroot Mead that is not included in the picture! Apart from those, I have brewed a few more products, which will be labelled in time (They take way too much time!)

Wagerberg is a home brewery which I set up and, soon, I will start selling the drinks and all proceeds will go to charity!

Products so far (which I have given away from free to friends at house parties! Want to be my friend?):

  • Wagerberg Original Pilsner
  • WillHoneyWeiss Spiced Honey Weissbier
  • Tobias KinderDoppelBock Bock Lager
  • StrawberLy Garweiss Strawberry Weissbier
  • Pri’s Coffee Ale
  • Ray TeaBaggins Tea Ale
  • Wagerberg’s Backyard Plum Wine
    • Missing from the image:
  • Feel The Beat Beetroot Mead
  • Strawberly Mead
  • Raspberry Mead
  • Very Hoppy India Pale Ale
  • Sour as Life Sourdough Pale Ale

Thanks for reading!

Feel the Beet Beetroot Mead… Really??

Beetroot what? Really? Yes! You read it correctly! I concocted this amazing drink in my own homebrewery (That’s what I call my guest bedroom). I had no idea what was going to come of it, to be honest, but it turned out to be one of the most amazing drinks I have even drank! I am a little biased, I must say! And this is, officially, the first drink that I was paid to make more! My neighbour in Ireland ordered 20 bottles, so that he can give out as gifts! Well, it is not huge, but it is an encouraging start, right?

Putting the bread to good use!

From my post yesterday, some of you might have seen my amazing Rye Sourdough, and yes, it was amazing. So this evening, I decided to use it to make something for dinner. I made a very porr, but delicious, attempt to make Bruschetta. Very simple! With some cherry tomatoes, black olives, goat cheese, olive oil and small slices of prosciutto di parma, with a side of lettuce, beetroot and humous.

Simple and delicious!!