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Growing Beer

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Growing Beer
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Ben Richards

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Is it possible to grow all of the ingredients needed to brew a beer from just one small plot?I'm going to find out and, weekly from September 27, Growing Beer is your way to follow my journey. I'm starting off with a tiny, rubbish-strewn bit of land in Devon, England and in just one year I've got to grow or collect everything I need to brew - that's barley, hops, yeast and water.It's going to be a long 12 months...

Latest Episodes

The Beginning - sorting the allotment before growing or brewing.

It's January, it's freezing cold and I've got half a tonne of rubbish to shift before I can even think about planting anything later in the year. I explain the project, how I hope to brew the final beer by the end of the year and get some much needed advice on how to sort out the plot and what to consider when I start growing.

24 MIN2017 AUG 31
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The Beginning - sorting the allotment before growing or brewing.

Sheds, weeds and the all important hops

It's February, and while the rubbish may be gone, the weeds are not. I struggle with minor construction, discover why you don't ask children for their thoughts and find out what to do about those hops...

22 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Sheds, weeds and the all important hops

Pests, weather and figuring out how to grow barley

It's the start of April, and while life is beginning to pop up across the plot it's not all wanted. I report back on the early hop progress, deal with some unwelcome guests and get some much needed advice on how to grow barley...

23 MIN2017 OCT 11
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Pests, weather and figuring out how to grow barley

Heatwaves, sowing barley and why water is awesome

It's a hot and tiring start to May, and I'm grateful to have finally got to grips with the soil preparation and barley sowing. The hops look like leaping into life any minute and I head over to the continent to find out how a combination of a social enterprise and a Dutch brewery use rainwater to make beer.

25 MIN2017 OCT 18
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Heatwaves, sowing barley and why water is awesome

Surviving storms and understanding yeast

It’s mid-June, and the plot feels as if it’s all starting to come together. The hops are off up the strings like rockets, the barley has spread out to create a rich, if a little short, canopy and now I’ve closed the tap the water butt is filling up nicely. I start the process of collecting samples to be analysed by 2 yeast researchers at the LSI lab at the University of Exeter and experience my first taste of storm damage…

24 MIN2017 OCT 25
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Surviving storms and understanding yeast

Feeling grumpy and talking about brewing

July is now behind me, and I couldn't be happier to see the back of it. The British summer has caused serious problems - problems that cause me to question whether we'll even get to the harvest. As well as looking at how the ingredients are coming along I also pay a visit to a brewery to talk brewing equipment with their resident brewster, in case I get that far...

29 MIN2017 NOV 1
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Feeling grumpy and talking about brewing

Bringing in the barley and talking beers of the world

It's harvest time! We've sort-of survived the summer and now I need to bring in the barley, regardless of how much or how little is still there. I also catch up with beer writer Mark Dredge to get some advice on beer styles and what to consider should I get to that final tasting...

29 MIN2017 NOV 8
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Bringing in the barley and talking beers of the world

Picking those hops and malting the barley

It's the last activity on the allotment as I work out how to judge when the hops are ripe before picking and drying them ahead of the brew. I then catch up with Jake at Crisp Malting to find out how that precious little sack of barley fared being soaked, dried and kilned in the maltings...

24 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Picking those hops and malting the barley

The big day is here - time to brew

It's the start of November and after 11 months of digging, growing and harvesting we've finally arrived at the big day - it's time to combine the barley, hops, water and yeast and get on with the brew! I'm not on my own though, as I'll be going through the process with friend and brewer John Magill of Powderkeg Brewery...

23 MIN2017 NOV 22
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The big day is here - time to brew

The last steps ahead of the final tasting...

In this, the penultimate episode, we've safely navigated the brew but I've still got to guide the beer through the fermentation, bottling, naming and labelling. I catch up with graphic designer Jim Vine and look back on some astonishing numbers from the year so far...

22 MIN2017 NOV 29
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The last steps ahead of the final tasting...

Latest Episodes

The Beginning - sorting the allotment before growing or brewing.

It's January, it's freezing cold and I've got half a tonne of rubbish to shift before I can even think about planting anything later in the year. I explain the project, how I hope to brew the final beer by the end of the year and get some much needed advice on how to sort out the plot and what to consider when I start growing.

24 MIN2017 AUG 31
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The Beginning - sorting the allotment before growing or brewing.

Sheds, weeds and the all important hops

It's February, and while the rubbish may be gone, the weeds are not. I struggle with minor construction, discover why you don't ask children for their thoughts and find out what to do about those hops...

22 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Sheds, weeds and the all important hops

Pests, weather and figuring out how to grow barley

It's the start of April, and while life is beginning to pop up across the plot it's not all wanted. I report back on the early hop progress, deal with some unwelcome guests and get some much needed advice on how to grow barley...

23 MIN2017 OCT 11
Comments
Pests, weather and figuring out how to grow barley

Heatwaves, sowing barley and why water is awesome

It's a hot and tiring start to May, and I'm grateful to have finally got to grips with the soil preparation and barley sowing. The hops look like leaping into life any minute and I head over to the continent to find out how a combination of a social enterprise and a Dutch brewery use rainwater to make beer.

25 MIN2017 OCT 18
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Heatwaves, sowing barley and why water is awesome

Surviving storms and understanding yeast

It’s mid-June, and the plot feels as if it’s all starting to come together. The hops are off up the strings like rockets, the barley has spread out to create a rich, if a little short, canopy and now I’ve closed the tap the water butt is filling up nicely. I start the process of collecting samples to be analysed by 2 yeast researchers at the LSI lab at the University of Exeter and experience my first taste of storm damage…

24 MIN2017 OCT 25
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Surviving storms and understanding yeast

Feeling grumpy and talking about brewing

July is now behind me, and I couldn't be happier to see the back of it. The British summer has caused serious problems - problems that cause me to question whether we'll even get to the harvest. As well as looking at how the ingredients are coming along I also pay a visit to a brewery to talk brewing equipment with their resident brewster, in case I get that far...

29 MIN2017 NOV 1
Comments
Feeling grumpy and talking about brewing

Bringing in the barley and talking beers of the world

It's harvest time! We've sort-of survived the summer and now I need to bring in the barley, regardless of how much or how little is still there. I also catch up with beer writer Mark Dredge to get some advice on beer styles and what to consider should I get to that final tasting...

29 MIN2017 NOV 8
Comments
Bringing in the barley and talking beers of the world

Picking those hops and malting the barley

It's the last activity on the allotment as I work out how to judge when the hops are ripe before picking and drying them ahead of the brew. I then catch up with Jake at Crisp Malting to find out how that precious little sack of barley fared being soaked, dried and kilned in the maltings...

24 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Picking those hops and malting the barley

The big day is here - time to brew

It's the start of November and after 11 months of digging, growing and harvesting we've finally arrived at the big day - it's time to combine the barley, hops, water and yeast and get on with the brew! I'm not on my own though, as I'll be going through the process with friend and brewer John Magill of Powderkeg Brewery...

23 MIN2017 NOV 22
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The big day is here - time to brew

The last steps ahead of the final tasting...

In this, the penultimate episode, we've safely navigated the brew but I've still got to guide the beer through the fermentation, bottling, naming and labelling. I catch up with graphic designer Jim Vine and look back on some astonishing numbers from the year so far...

22 MIN2017 NOV 29
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The last steps ahead of the final tasting...