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  1. Having finally got hot enough air temperatures to stop our barrels losing pressure due to the cold, we have suddenly gone full circle and are suffering from unseasonably high temperatures. These are likely to start causing problems with pressure barrels as the gas heats up and creates excess pressure, which can easily lead to loss of pressure as the valve tries to vent the excess gas, leaks from the tap, leaks from the barrel body and, oddly, cloudy beer as the sediment gets stirred up by dissolved CO2 coming out of solution. The hot temperatures are also causing beers and wines to be reluctant to clear, even with the addition of finings.

  2. Last year, Hambleton Bard added a Malbec style red wine to the popular Cantina range.

    cantina gold 5 day malbec wine kit

    It was released as a Limited Edition kit, but proved so poular that it sold out within a few weeks. It is a smooth, full flavoured, medium bodied red and best of all, like all the kits in the Cantina range, it ferments out and is ready to bottle, and drink, within 5-7 days.

    Due to popular demand, it has now been re-released as a permanent addition to the Cantina Range and is once again proving popular.