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Dave Bailey
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Brewer, Doer, Force Majeure
Brewer, Doer, Force Majeure

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SIBA membership ballot
I entered the beer and pub industry because I felt there was something wrong with it. That was just over 13 years ago. A lot has changed in that time, but frankly so much more has remained steadfastly unchanged. The beer tie still exists, most pubs still fa...
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Hardknott past, present and future
Hardknott is just over 11 years old. We started with a two-and-a-bit barrel (3.5hl) plant brewing occasionally for the pub we then owned. We almost exclusively brewed for cask with only a tiny bit ending up in bottle and a couple of highly experimental kegs...
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SIBA AGM - Sheffield 16th March 2017
Well, the motions for SIBA AGM are out... I am presenting two motions. Some time ago I turned from being a vocal critic of SIBA, shouting from the sidelines, to working inside to make democratic change. In many ways I have been enjoying the efforts I put in...
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Jester
Meet Jester. He was born 18th July 2016. He's lived with us since he was 7 weeks old. I'm sure you will be thinking "Dave, just bugger off to Facebook if you are going to post pictures of your pets, we thought this was a beer blog!" Well, yes, but we named ...
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Small Brewer's Duty Reform Coalition
I've oft raised concerns regarding SIBA , the trade organisation of independent brewers. Over the past two years or so I have moved towards a position of working closely inside SIBA to achieve change through engagement rather than shouting from the sideline...
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Vigo Hand Labelling Machine
Righty, quick technical post. This is mainly to help out a brewing friend, but hopefully some other people might find it helpful. We have had a nice bottling line for over 3 years now, It works well and we're really pleased with it. Prior to that we hand bo...
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Temperature Control of Fermentation
There is a risk I am entering into a techie phase in this blog. I'd like to extend an apology to anyone who is checking in for some sort of controversial hyperbole of increasingly doubtful declaration of awesomeness. Making really great beer does require so...
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The oxygen conundrum bottles versus cans
Cans keep out oxygen, so they say. Bottle tops don't do quite such a good job, so we are told. It's all to do with the seal that can be achieved. Oxygen can sneak through the tiny molecular gap that might be present between glass and the plastic seal on a c...
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Best Supermarket for Craft Beer?
If you have been following Hardknott for any length of time you'll know we've had great success with our beers into Morrisons. Certainly most of the supermarkets are now realising they need to add some craft beer to their line-up. Morrisons have certainly u...
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Due Dilligence
This is mainly aimed at brewers, it's a long post, sorry. If you are interested about beer pricing as a drinker, you might also be interested, but it is a long and weighty read. If you are a brewer, and you are not worried about the subject of due diligence...
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