Wine

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I don’t drink much, but I used to make wine. My favourite was a sparkling plum wine. I didn’t know what I was doing so I used a yeast that makes lots of gas and fizz. The wine was brewed in demi-johns, then I put it into old beer bottles with ceramic and rubber stoppers. When we opened the bottles it was a deep orange red and had a real sparkle.

Sadly I couldn’t remember what yeast I had used and I never got the same result. I also found that I was allergic to the sulphur dioxide that is used to sterilise the equipment, so I would start sneezing uncontrollably.

I then went on to brewing beer for a few years. That was fun and less difficult but in the end I sold all my demi-johns.

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Beer

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What people used to drink in the past,

Beer was brewed to be drunk every day. Beer was made weak so that people, including children, could quench their thirst. Water was not clean and filtered like it is today in some countries. People extracted water from rivers, ponds and wells. But they had no knowledge of bacteria or viruses. In some countries in Asia people brewed things like rice wine instead. Over the centuries East and West have followed their own brewing traditions. This affects whether people can tolerate the different types of alcohol.

Nowadays some beer is far stronger. This can have a detrimental effect on people’s health as alcohol is a poison and in strong concentration or large amounts can kill.

Drinking beer and alcohol are a personal choices. There can be other reasons not to drink, including religious and health ones. Life is interesting. Moderation is the key.

Drinks

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I’m not able to drink caffeine or sugar so it’s a pain having to try and find decaff coffee and tea or soft drinks other than water and soda. If I ask for a diet drink in a cafe or restaurant I get offered diet Coca-Cola, ( which contains caffeine) or tonic water that isn’t sugar free.

Look at a bottle of soft drink and it usually has the sugar in grams on it, say its 7.1g. But that’s per 100ml. But often the amount of liquid in the bottle is 250 or 500ml, so you have to multiply up. So 7.1g is 17.8 in a 250ml bottle and a whopping 35.6g in a 500ml bottle. Some have more! That’s lots of spoons of sugar. Why don’t they do more drinks with sweeteners? Then you get energy drinks with glucose. Is it any wonder there is an epidemic of people with diabetes. And guess what? If you drink too many carbonated drinks they can affect your stomach. 

I guess I shall have to stick to water.

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Loose Tea

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Just found this sketch in my bag. I was trying to explain to my hubby that we had a metal net type thing, two hemispheres of mesh that close up and clip together to hold the tea in. It’s like an old fashioned tea bag. Maybe this is something people could start using again. It would save on paper and you could put just the right amount of tea in just for you……..

The only trouble is I can’t find the darned thing!