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Geordie lager kit – wheat beer with Saaz hops
Here’s the idea….
Take one cheap ass Geordie Lager Kit, some Wheat Spray Malt, a jar of Golden Syrup, some Saaz hops and Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast… and it makes a Wheat beer of sorts.

I’m going to do the following:

  • Boil up the Wheat Spray malt and 15gĀ  Saaz hops for 40 mins
  • Maybe add 5g Saaz hops for the last 10 mins of boil
  • Add 5g Saaz hops at flame-out for a 5 minute steep
  • Tip the warmed Kit into the FV with the golden syrup followed by the hot spray malt and hops strained through a stainless sieve
  • Pitch re-hydrated Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast after aerating the wort lots
  • Maybe even dry hop the FV after fermentation has finished

Fingers crossed it should turn out like a nice hoppy wheat beer!? šŸ™‚

The Ingredients:
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The Wheat Yeast rehydrating in a little boiled water and wheat spray malt:
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The Hops just gone in the pan:
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The 40 minute boil:
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Spent hops in sieve:
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FV filled with yeast Pitched at 22 Deg C after a good aeration:
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OG reading of about 1038:
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Hopefully this will get fermenting by tomorrow šŸ™‚

**Update 7 days later**
Current Gravity reading of 1004 which should put the ABV at 4.46% I’ll bottle in the next weeks time. (Then maybe more Coopers Stout, or the Dark Ale) šŸ˜‰

**Update 10 days later – Bottled**
01/April/2009 – I’ve just bottled my Geordie lager/Wheat beer, it went pretty well and made 39-off 500ml bottles and about 5-off 330ml’s too. Chipped a bottle slightly to just dumped the whole contents down the sink and threw the bottle, I’ve read about how bad fragments of glass are in your body!!!
Added just over 80g of household sugar to a 100ml sanitized jug of the brew and microwaved to dissolve the sugar for the priming in the bottling bucket. Bottled with my bottling stick, easy as! šŸ™‚
I tasted a little and it was pretty nasty, nothing bad tasting and it certainly smells like an Erdinger… so its 7 days at 20 deg C now then at least 3 weeks (probably 4) at cellar temperature 11-13 Deg C approx.

**Update 19 days later – Sneaky Taste**

I’ve taken to filling a few 330ml Lefe’s when bottling, this way its easy to get a taste of whats conditioning / maturing without cracking open a full 500ml bottle.

Bearing in mind this has only had 9 days in the warm (20 Deg C) followed by a couple of hours in the fridge, its pretty good, the Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast has done its bit with the flavours with a yeasty estery taste, its lacking quite enough fizz but poured with a nice creamy head (3 or 4 more weeks in the cool should help), and I gave the last drop the customary swirl to raise the sediment so it looks like a wheat beer. The Saaz hops maybe aren’t coming through as much as I’d have liked, maybe the wheat and yeast are dampening it down a bit, but its still nice and dry and crisp šŸ™‚

Fingers crossed, this will improve further, its one to do again šŸ™‚

My very first iStockAudio sample sale….
Saturday March 14, 2009, 11:51 AM – basic track 44.1 kHz – Regular – $0.56 šŸ™‚


Stock sound description:
High pitch Theremin deepens to the end and warbles.

Keywords:
Bizarre,Theremin,Futuristic,Sound,warble,Eccentric,Haunting,Horror,High Pitch

Its taken a while but I just made my first sale at YayMicro.com may there be many more!

Scooter in Amsterdam
ID: 671431
Title: Scooter in Amsterdam Street
License: Creative
Date sold: Mar 4, 2009
Earnings: ā‚¬1.0
Keywords:
red, scooter, street, light, headlight, wheel, windshield, handlebars, amsterdam, vesper

Its pretty cool to find your stock photos in action, I spotted this one from the sale details on Fotolia and a little Google (other search engines are available) and I found this šŸ™‚ http://www.fredolsencruises.com/destinations/northern-europe/netherlands/amsterdam

fredolsen

Here’s the original file at Fotolia

Amsterdam

Keywords:
Amsterdam, barge, boats, canal, city, clouds, holland, netherlands, nl, roof, roof-tops, rooftops, sky, skyline, trees, views, water

Here’s the Lookstat graph for February ’09, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and iStockphoto:february09-earnings

As far as actual banked payouts go, I’ve cashed out $304.95 with a $100 pending payment from iStockphoto, I think their new payout schedule has slowed down the cash-out procedure… Annoyingly this makes my payments graph miss out iStock for the first month since July ’07 though next month with look nice for it!

iStockphoto, no real surprises just steady away iStock are accepting way more than Shutterstock or Fotolia at present, I’ve had my second batch of Dollar Bin notifications from iStock… Fingers crossed that their second chance sells a few.

Fotolia was interesting with its 2 email updates, its nice to be told about changes so hopefully they are learning that its good to keep their contributors up to date in a timely manner… I would say ‘an accurate and timely’ manner but the details of their update were, and some still are, a little sketchy/ misunderstood/ lacking real insight into how Sales will work in their Free API etc. I think their second email pretty much sorted out the Fotolia Exclusivity šŸ™‚ Sales here have been picking up this month and I’m due to turn Silver status very soon šŸ™‚
Regarding the Free API, I added around 80 images to it and made an initial 40 Credits to my balance, I’d think that Zero-Selling old files going for free won’t effect my regular sales and would act as some extended marketing possibilities, though I’ll believe it when I see it šŸ˜‰

Shutterstock reject 102 out of a 103 batch… the very same batch has been fully accepted at Stockxpert (also selling) & Canstockphoto, with BigStockPhoto and 123RF have accepted the bulk of this batch, iStock are still accepting-rejecting-and-selling images out of this batch uploading takes longer at iStock with their 20/week limit, Dreamstime accepting a good portion of them too.
The 1 image accepted at Shutterstock and the 102 rejects were questioned with support and I was given the chance to re-upload about 3 more shots… but quite frankly its not worth the hassle of looking through the files and uploading again… their loss!

Dreamstime is a steady ticker, credit and subscription sales are always good and new referrals every week is no bad thing… other than the review-queue limits recently I have no problems with Dreamstime. Things are pretty fair and clear, new files sell, old files sell, their referral links on each and every image are really handy for bloggers and personal websites, generally a fair image review process that give files a good chance, their Image ranking system that increases the price / payout for good selling images works a treat without devaluing your work.

123RF has been picking up after a slow start to the year, no problems here either.

Stockxpert is as consistent as ever, only issues being their lack of answering forum questions and their old referral system that is still broken on the stats page.

Canstock, BigStock, Crestock… nothing much to report… fingers crossed Canstockphoto is getting better with their new beta portfolio section, worthy of the upload time, and just checking now another nice $19.80 Fotosearch regular sale šŸ™‚

Mostphotos, Yaymicro… nothing… no report… no action… no sales… (sorry guys… but its true!)

And last but not least, *chuckle* I had a massive payout from SnapVillage…. $0.30 with no PayPal fees! Wow!! I’ll be looking forward to a Veer Marketplace invite or copy-over or something šŸ˜‰


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