Wheat Beer recipie

I came across this recipe for a German wheat beer on some forums and so adpated it accordingly. The method is based on using simple Dry Malt Extract, hops and steeping some grains. It’s a wonderful drink and incredibly easy to make despite the look of the recipe. Even though it’s a simple drink it holds some nice complex flavours owing to the nobel hops and flavours from the yeast. It has great head retention and is refreshing no matter the weather.

:I have slightly modified this recipe based on some extra stuff I have learnt along the way. Also I highly reccomend either the Wyeast 3068 or White Labs WLP 300 liquid yeasts. You get a much better bannana and cloves finish from these two yeasts. Bulk priming just means adding the amount of suggar suggested straight to the beer. I reccomend racking (transfering) to a secondary vessle and melting the sugar in as little hot water as possible. Though using a teaspoon and adding a level teaspoon in every bottle produces good results. Just make sure to release the execesse gas after gently shaking the bottles to mix the sugar and beer. Exploding bottles are not nice to clean up after.:

If your new to brewing you will need at the very least a 23 litre fermenting vessle, syphoning/racking tube, a pan (that can hold atleast 8 litres), a big plasting spoon or paddle and 28 500ml bottles (plastic coopers bottles are better than glass ones in my opinion. But work with what you can get). Also make sure to either leave the fermneters lid loose or get one with a way of attatching a airlock.

When syphoning/racking try to leave as much of the sediment (trub) at the bottom as possible. This trub contains dead yeast cells and others bits that have dropped out of the beer during fermentation. While it won’t hurt you it may spoil the taste of the beer. A good syphoning/racking kit will help and a auto syphon works even better as it has a trub trap on it.

Also the liquid yeasts produce a much more active fermnetation. And will produce a lot of foam (krausen) on top of the beer. You can scoop this off or you can leave it. Personally I leave it but the choice is yours. Also once ferntation has taken place then try to leave the beer alone. It’s tempting to look but there is a layer of CO2 that protects the beer. Thats another reaosn I tend to leave the krausen where it is.  

OG: 1.045 FG: 1.010 (dependant on yeast used)
ABV 4% – 4.5%

2.5 kg Wheat Malt Extract
40 gms Hallertauer Hersbrucker Hops
500 gms Pilsner malt
Yeast: Danstar Munich, Wyeast 3068 or WLP 300

3.0 grams per 500 ml bottle Priming Sugar
Or bulk prime with 180 grams of sugar

Put the 500gms of Pilsner malt, crushed, in a muslin bag or straining bag. Bring 2 liters of water to about 66/68c and hold as close to this temp for 30min to steep the grains. Remove the grains and add the liquid to the fermenting vessle. Bring 6 litres of water to between 65-70°c, dissolve 900 gms of the Malt Extract in the liquid and bring to the boil. Add 33 gms of Hallertauer Hersbrucker Hops. Boil for 70 mins then add the last 7 gms of Hallertauer Hersbrucker Hops. Boil for a further 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the rest of the malt extract.

Add 4 litres of cold water to the fermenting vessle and strain the boiled liquid into the water. Top up the fermenting bin to 17 litres, ideally pouring the remaining water through the strainer to extract maximum flavour from the hops. Add the yeast when the liquid has cooled to 16 – 24°c. If in doubt use a thermometer to check the temperature. Take a hydrometer reading and record starting gravity. Move to a suitable area in the house with a temperature of 18 – 22°c for 14 days until fermentation is complete. Bottle, using 3.0 gms of Priming Sugar per 500 ml bottle and wait 2 weeks. Or bulk prime with 180gms of sugar in as little warm water as possible. Should be served cloudy and at its best drunk young, within 5 weeks.

Add all malt extract at the start of the boil if boiling the full 17 litres. It is reccomended to try and chill the wort as quickly as possible before adding to the fermenting vessle. 

The recipe calls to wait two weeks. I have drank this after 4 days maturing and it’s still fantastic. It does mellow out with age and after 5 weeks the hoppy taste has all but gone. thats why it’s best drunk young. The look of the beer is golden and cloudy. The cloudy nature is due to suspended yeast cells in the beer. This combined with the wheat gives it a verry soft feel in the mouth.

try it and see what you think? i have now brewed 4 batches of this beer and if you want a hand let me know and I will be happy to help.


Retro Gaming is a subjective matter.

I am a retro gamer….

Now this is a very subjective statement. For example I am a retro gamer because I play consoles that date back to the late 1970’s and early 80’s. At a time when home video games where a bleeding edge thing. 

However I met someone today who thought they were a retro gamer because they played a current gen XBOX 360 game from 5 years ago.

Now to me this is not retro. This is actually far from retro. This, to me, is like saying last weeks latest film release is now a distant nostalgic memory. But there are people that do think this way. It’s like I met another person in my local CEX store that thought the PS2 is now a vinatge oddity and expressed amazement that anyone even bothered playing on it. And how “retro chique” it was now to own one.

But to that person the PS2, now that active development by the big players in the gaming industry, is now in the same catagory of gaming as my vintage C64. It all falls into that unique human thing of perspective. And everyone’s view of what is retro and what is not differes wildly.

Personally I think they are all bonkers though as the PS2 is certainly not near retro yet……

So here is a question to the people around the net, if this post every gets fucking read as I never think it makes it past my twitter time line, what are your cut off’s for what you would consider retro in the world of gaming?

How to install Vice on Linux systems

This article was initially written for Commodore Is Awesome. However due to someone going postal it was lost. Luckily I had a backup on my works computer so I am posting it on my blog for people to pick up.

So I got lots of requests from friends who migrated from Windows to various Linux platforms to do a mini guide for getting Vice working on their systems. I distributed this guide around my friends in hopes that it would make life easier for them. Since then I have found that my little guide has made it’s way around other people and even onto a forum.

They persuaded me that it would be a really awesome idea to put the tutorial/guide on the net in a more permanent place. So here it is, in all it’s rough around the edges glory.

Suppose I should point out that I was never that good at writing manuals or guides when I did this at college. Oh well……

This guide is version 1.1 and will probably stay at version 1.1 till the end of time. Unless something crops up that needs changing.

-So I thought I would update this guide a little. I realized that the guide assumed that you were using Ubuntu/Mint. Obviously not everyone would be using Ubuntu or Mint and this was my mistake. The principle will work the same on almost every distribution of Linux. Just check with your distributions handbook as to changes in package management. For example in Sabayon it would be equo install and not apt-get install. Also if your distribution allows root access then it might be best switching to su instead of using sudo.

Also a reminder that with great power comes great responsibility. Do not mess with su unless your comfortable with doing so as su won’t ask for permission once commands are run.-

OK so first thing you will want to do it open up a terminal window.When the window opens you will need to run this command.

sudo apt-get install vice

It will ask for your password before starting to search for the needed package. Input your password, which will remain hidden while styping, and press enter. After finding the p[ackage it will also ask for confirmation that it is OK to download and install the package. Type Y and off it goes. Loads of text will appear in the terminal window. This is perfectly fine though so not to worry.

Once this process has finished you will need to run the C64 emulator in the terminal. Why?

Well if you simply start the emulator through the menu then it won’t do anything at all. This is because it is generating an error but it is not showing you the error before exiting. Through terminal you are able to scroll up and read the error. Making life easier as we know whats going on.

So run this command.


Now note the version of Vice your working with. In this case, at time of writing, it’s 2.3 but it could be several version ahead when you read this. So note the version open your browser as we are off source hunting. Go to this url www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/crossplatform/emulators/VICE/ and it will have lots of links to various tarballs but we are only after one. And that, in this example, is the vice-2.3.tar.gz tarball.

**NOTE!!!! – Again check the version of Vice you are working with as you will need the corresponding source. for example 2.2 will need the vice-2.2.tar.gz, 2.3 will need the vice-2.3.tar.gz and so on. If the wrong one is used then the emulator may not work or may become unstable.**

Save the file to the Downloads file in your home directory. Because next we will be unpacking it. Run these commands in terminal.

cd ~/Downloads
tar xfzv vice-2.3.tar.gz

The first command will change into the Downloads directory, the ‘~’ is a shortcut to your home directory and is the same as doing cd /home/<your name>/Downloads. The second command will unpack the .tar.gz into the Downloads directory. So when you open the Downloads directory in your file browser you will see a folder name Vice 2.3.

Now for the last stage. All we are going to do is copy the contents of a folder within the freshly unpacked directory and copy it over to the required places. So lets do our final command.

-If your distribution allows root use then this command can be done by switching to root using su. Once in root simply don’t bother using sudo.-

sudo cp -vR ~/Downloads/vice-2.3/data/* /usr/lib/vice

This command will do a recursive copy of all files and folders from within the data folder over to /usr/lib/vice. Sudo is needed as the target directory is owned by root and so needs root privileges in order for files to be copied.

And that should be it. If your run the emulator in terminal or through Applications > Other menu you should now have a working C64 emulator. Along with all the other 8-bit Commodore emulators.