Nesting Bees in my Backyard – Finally!

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Who doesn’t like fruit? I love it! And even more when they are nice not only for the taste, but also for the eyes. Today there are ways to mechanically pollinate flowers, but it is just not the same. Bees do the job much better than anything we built ever will.

A while back, I bought a bee house and placed it in my backyard. I wasn’t hoping for much, to be honest, but was surprised today. Here is why:

This is the house.


While I went for a glass of water downstairs, something caught the periphery of my sight. When I looked, there it was! A bee going in to one of the little bamboo cells. This was the first


And this was the second.


I was so happy that they made their nests.. the summer will be bright! I have a pear and two plum trees, next summer, if the bees continue to nest, there will be even more fruit for my brews! Below is my pear cider tree…


And this is my plum wine and mead tree!


This just brightened my day, I must be honest! I love seeing nature doing its job, so at least for my own backyard, I will try and preserve it!

Homebrew Labels: Some Photoshop-ing/GIMP-ing

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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.


Chocolate Banana Ale – Nothing gone to waste!

Brew of the week: Chocolate Banana Ale

Nothing went to waste on this brew: The Malt was used to fertilize my plum/pear trees and make bread, the spent hops used as mulch for my chili trees, the boiled bananas for jam and the banana peels for cake and the leftover for compost!

What makes it chocolate-y? The chocolate malt grain for chocolate/coffee and slightly bitter taste;

What makes it banana-y? I used a whole bunch of chopped bananas during the boil;

What makes it an ale? Most of the grain used was Pale Malt; and used Ale Yeast;

To taste? Fuggles Hops

I don’t want high carbonation, so kegging the 10L seemed like much, much less work! I will update you on the progress!

Wagerberg Micro-Homebrew

Well, I decided to have a crack in homebrew… and since I have the freedom to experiment, why not make a funny label???? With a funny name? My name is Wagner… after many different names, I settled on Wagerberg. Well, maybe it is not the best name… but what can I do? I am not very original! hehehe… I will share the recipe in a couple of weeks, when I finally get to taste the beer!!! I will keep you guys updated! In the meanwhile, I will try to enjoy the weather here in the UK… it is finally good for one and drink readily made, industrialized beer.