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Guys, firstly an apology, we’ve not been updating stuff. We have had some issues with recording software, but I’m also having some issues with my software and logons for the website to be able to upload things.

I think I’ve found the issue and I think its been resolved, but we still havent had the time to edit the latest episode of the podcast and get the audio up and online. I should be able to do this on friday evening with a little luck.

Please accept our apologies and we’re trying to get better, trying to find the time to be able to sort all these things with schools having gone back and external pressures on our time.

We’ll be back. Promise.

The start of The Hop Addition’s merch line!

So we’re starting small, I have a limited run of Fridge magnets which are available. I’ll be getting some other stuff done soon, but in the interests of checking the waters, I decided fridge magnets would stick to kegerators and keezer alike so I went with them.

If you want a fridge magnet, then you can send a PayPal payment to us Pm me for the address, trying to avoid the spam bots here… Friends and family or please cover the fees. The cost of them is £1.80 and that includes 2nd class postage to the UK. If you’re abroad and would like one, then PM me first and I’ll check the postage rates to wherever you are in the world.

They are rather cool, and the numbers are limited in the first instance, and prices may go up due to Brexit when I do a reorder. Please bear that in mind. Check back for more merch as and when I get it all sorted and on stream.

Love yas, even the shandy drinking southerners…. 😜😜


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CraftBeerPi Brewery Build

Its been a while since I’ve done a post on the site, but I’ve also had a lot of requests from people for a detailed breakdown of the CraftBeerPi (CBP) build that Andy Lynch and myself talked about on Episode 11. As such here is a detailed breakdown of the parts I used and how I did my build.


Under no circumstances should you attempt this unless you are a qualified or trained electrician. All of my work was inspected and checked by an electrical engineer with 35 years experience of panel building. There is a very real risk of injury here, and possible life changing injury at that. You’ve been warned and I, and the Hop Addition crew will take no responsibility for you doing something stupid and frying your ass. Before you plug anything in, get it checked for safety first, or even better, ask a sparky friend to be there when you do it so he can stop you if you’re being a bellend!)

Another disclaimer here. I’m English, live in England and as such have listed things from shops I have access to, if you’re in another country, you’ll have to do the research into what stuff you need, I cant help with that. Remember what your voltage and current is on your mains supply and build appropriately.

Right, that’s the legal stuff taken care of so here is the dealio.

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So, the lockdown affects us all, massively. Covid-19 is having such a huge effect on many things, and at the same time its Easter so a lot of people, including myself and the Trickster are spending time with our families, as such the next episode has been recorded but the editing of it is taking a little while longer than expected. I realise there are a lot of people who will be looking for content to listen to, and things to watch to while away the time during this challenging time, so I’m gonna recommend everyone jumps over to YouTube and checks out Dudes Brews channel.

Should be sufficient to raise your brewing game to a new level and if you find the right videos, there is some funny stuff there too.

Check it out, and we’ll have the next episode to you as soon as we can.


Table Golden Ale

So, its been a couple of weeks since my last brewday, and the kegs are running a little low as I’ve managed to find some time in my busy schedule to visit the shed on a couple of occasions for a pint or 2 and a video chat with friends and relatives. As such, its time for something a little different…

I’ve been loving lower ABV beers recently, something I can sit and have 3 or 4 pints of and not feel like I’ve been on a session. Todays recipe is as below….

If you listen to the podcast, you’ll know that I’ve moved back to a very simple BIAB setup for my brewing, and I’ve found that with a few stirs I can hit 70% efficiency easily, a value I’m very happy and content with. I’ve been wanting to use up my leaf hops so this is an opportunity to do just that with this brew.

Lets hope that everything comes together and the wife drags herself out of her pit early enough for me to do this brew before the weather closes in and it ends up not happening.

So, first update, I’m out of Jester, so that’s gotta be changed and I’m also low on First Gold so they are gonna be saved for a Boondoggle Clone later on this month. I’m gonna use Challenger to bitter and then use up my Olicana leaf hops. In the meantime here’s a picture of my brew buddy helping me just after mash in lol

Ozzy about to Mash in, love my little brew buddy!
The brewing setup…

Closed Transfers

What are they?

A closed transfer is a transfer of beer from the fermenter (primary or secondary) to the serving or aging vessel via a closed circuit avoiding oxygen during the transfer. Closed transfers are used as oxygenated beer isnt nice. It takes on an overly sweet and darker character which isnt great in all beers.

My closed transfer system is pretty standard, check the video below.

Apologies for the poor camera work, but you’ll get the idea.

One important thing to remember when using this system is to monitor the volume transferred, especially if using the spunding valve, as they really don’t like having liquid in them. With a standard Cornelius keg, I tend to stop after 18.5L to be safe, but if you get one of the newer valves from kegland, they can be used for liquid or gas, so if you mess up its not the end of the world, a quick rinse and you should be good.

Lemme know any comments below, any tips to improve or anything you think I could do differently.

Winter Storms…


Due to the UK currently being battered by winter storms Ciara and Dennis, myself and the Trickster are finding it quite difficult to sync up our timetables to get the podcasts done, as well as dealing with the fact we both record in sheds, and sheds don’t do well with wind and rain. We have one currently in edit, this should hopefully be released within the next few days, and if the storms die down a little we’re hoping to have a couple more recorded this week as its half term.

Please bear with us while climate change gets in the way of even our podcasting! We haven’t forgot and are wanting to put out content for you guys, but these storms aren’t pretty.