Phenix brewery goes big rather than having to go all the way home

I have often not been a fan of ebay( I still wake up in a cold sweat at night thinking about that “genuine” Del Boy autograph!) But this evening it came up trumps.
Not only have I doubled my fermenting volume, I now have a five gallon keg, seven awesome glass demijohns, a tonne of bottles and the icing on the cake…a heat plate. Not sure if I will ever use it but I now have one.
All for £20 out of the back of a jeep in Coatbridge. Why thank you ebay.

Half-handed Cloud – Flying Scroll Flight Control

Have been listening to the latest offering from Asthmatic Kitty Records. Half-Handed Cloud has been getting a good bit of play over the last few months so rather excited for more upbeat, catchy tunes with tambourines galore. It’s rather uplifting once in a while to drag myself away from the likes of Joy Division and The Knife to be given some joyful noise in my ears. Take a listen.

Man standing on path near veranda of large house

creepy man house

There is not much I like more than a creepy old photograph and this certainly fits the bill. Titled as “Man standing on path near veranda of large house” (source) this has it all, blurred foliage, moustached man, black and white, vacant stare and confusing. I tend to spend days thinking about photographs like this, is it a self portrait with slow shutter speed which enables him to get into shot yet allows for the blur on the foliage or is part of a series of people staring at their own homes. Too many thoughts from one photograph.

Hop plant in Glasgow update #homebrew

Left this wee fella while I was away for a week and he won’t stop growing and well vining. He has finally started to outgrow the windowsill and I fear the balcony just won’t have the space for him so he now has this space.
It’s not perfect, a bit too shady but for growing hops in Glasgow it’s not a bad spot for him. Haven’t got much hope for this years crop but hopefully next year I will have some homegrown hops for some dry hopping.

Bottled: Canadian Blonde with 100g of cascade hops

My first experiment with dry hopping was bottled about 7 hours before I left for Mexico. Nout like a bit of last minute bottling.

Not gona lie, it tastes pretty amazing. I just had a wee cheeky pre-carbonation taste but it’s yum! Will begin designing a label ASAP but possible names are currently


Moose knuckle


Any suggestions very welcome but EH! Is the current favourite.