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Here goes my very first attempt at brewing Beer, hopefully it will work out OK!

My most gracious other half left me some birthday presents when she went to work this morning…

So this afternoon I have got a Woodfordes Wherry in a FV 🙂
I’ll be learning from my mistakes I suppose, we’d got two 25L FV’s with taps, then I read the Wherry box and find I need room for about 27L *ARSE!* so I’m reckoning that I’m about 3L short on the liquor. Can anyone tell me if this is going to have a bad effect on things?
I’ll have to get the next size FV’s up next time…!
The only other thing that went wrong was the shiny new can opener I bought, I snapped its 99p-crappyness while not managing to open the tins with it, having to resort to boiling our old can opener in a pan of water to sterilise. (best laid plans etc!) =D> 🙄

Other than that, it went like this:

Sterilise everything and rinse lots.
Piss water all over the kitchen floor when I didn’t close a FV tap properly! *Oh and the FV lids leaked like a sod when i shook them around!*
Mop up!
Sit malt tins in warm water.
Measure out my liquor and treat with Half a Campden tablet.
Boil up a 100ml of water in a Pyrex jug with the microwave and leave to cool.
Rehydrate my yeast with a tiny bit of sugar in too.
Measure out my water to boil and boil.
Open tins by knorring at the metal until they open and add to the FV.
Mix in and fully dissolve the malt, washing out the tins with boiling water then add the rest of the liquor.
Pitch, my now frothy yeast.
Added Yeast Nutrient dissolved in a bit of cooled boiled water.
Took an OG reading of 1046

Fingers crossed I didn’t mess anything up too much! 🙂 I still need to drink a few more 500ml bottles so I’ve got enough empties to for bottling, though plenty of time for that 🙂

Next up a Coopers Stout 🙂

Many thanks to all on for answering my questions.


I had quite a nice surprise yesterday as my Dreamstime balance jumped up a full $100, after checking I found that it was a referral purchase, meaning that I got paid out 10% of the credit package bought 🙂 Pretty darn Good 🙂
Its always impressive the amount of referred members on DT and the occasional thing like this makes it feel even better.

My Dreamstime stats are as follows:

  • Member since –  March 9, 2006
  • 947 – Images Online
  • 1759 – Image Downloads
  • $1672.57 – Total Image Sale earnings
  • $485.31 – Referral Earnings
  • 255 – Referred Dreamstime members

My highest earning & Most downloaded file:
Cup Stains Set

My most viewed file:
Paper Airplane

My Oldest online file:
The Great Wall of China

One of my newest files:
Multiple White dice with spots reflections
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December ’08 Microstock Stock Stats, this time using


Current supported sites are iStockphoto, Dreamstime & Shutterstock, with Fotolia, 123rf & Stockxpert to follow.
December has been a slow month for sales with the only real event being an Extended license sale at Dreamstime, iStock worked hardest and Shutterstock sold most but made less money! I’ve been pretty slack with uploading, editing, and keywording for a good part of this year maybe I should make a new years resolution to get my finger out! 😉 Lately I’ve had computer problems and had to upgrade spending over £500 on Mobo, CPU, RAM & PSU (Acronym city!!!) and I’ve spent a good bit of time on my really old PC and installed ubuntu and had a good play around in Linux for the first time… *Maybe this is the way computer operating systems ‘should‘ work, its been enjoyable finding that almost everything I need is contained within the Ubuntu environment, albeit running on a slow-as-old-AMD Athlon system. I’d encourage anyone who uses a computer for general stuff to concider installing Ubuntu linux.

Back to Stock, here’s the Lockstat view of my stock History on the current three sites:
No referral earnings will be in these numbers (Adding my referral earnings to these stats would bumb them up quite a bit).

As for features I’d like to see in Lookstat:

  • Track an individual files’ sales history
  • Show the Sell Through rates for each site
  • Average Monthly figure for each site
  • Specify an exact date period to show stats
  • Further site additions of Canstockphoto, Crestock & Bigstockphoto

Now, the question… “Would I pay for this Service” ?

Not sure, it is interesting to see whish files sell the best, but for the most part I find it easy to keep my own little spreadsheet to keep track of my sales and site stats. If I was to pay for it, the amount would have to be low enough so as to be offset by an hour of my time earch month with my own spreadsheet.

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