The Anonymous Widower

Ease Up IPA Goes Gluten Free!

The title of this post, is the same as that of this page on the Adnams web site.

I am now 75 and I have been drinking Adnams beer, almost exclusively since I was thirteen.

My father introduced me to halves of Adnams bitter, whilst playing snooker at Felixstowe Conservative Club.

Part of his logic behind doing this was to teach me to drink alcohol responsibly, like he did and to prevent me ending up like his father, who was a drunk, who died before the age of forty.

The other thing, that my father’s teaching did was give me a preference for good real ale. And especially Adnams!

As I write this, I’m drinking a bottle of their 0.5 % Ghost Ship.

8. Voila!

I drink it for three reasons.

  • Obviously, I like the taste.
  • It is low-alcohol, so it doesn’t affect the action of the Warfarin, that stops me having another stroke.
  • I also find, that because the beer is made with low amounts of barley to keep the alcohol low, it doesn’t affect my gut, despite the fact that I’m a coeliac.

I have yet to find a low-alcohol beer, that has had an adverse effect on my body.

But Will Ease Up Be Safe For A Coeliac To Drink?

These paragraphs describe how Ease Up is brewed and the testing of the product.

When producing Ease Up, we now use an enzyme called Clarex® which breaks down gluten-type proteins, reducing gluten content to below 20 parts per million (ppm). Only foods that contain 20ppm or less can be labelled as ‘gluten-free.’ According to Coeliac UK, research shows people diagnosed as coeliac can consume products with gluten present at or less than this level, but customers are advised to consider their own individual tolerances.

Clarex® is added in the fermentation vessel, where it mixes well during a normal, vigorous fermentation. Our beer is tested at the end of fermentation and then, after packaging, it is put on hold while it undergoes a thorough external validation process before it is confirmed gluten free and released. Just look out for the new, updated branding.

Note the phrase about individual tolerances.

Conclusion

It looks like Adnams have produced the ideal real ale to have in your pub, club or house, if you have some coeliac customers, family  or friends.

Never did I think, I would ever write about disruptive innovation in the brewing industry.

September 7, 2022 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Future Is Blowing In The Wind

In Can We Move The Equilibrium Point Of The Energy Market?, I have been adding up all of the renewable energy to be commissioned in the next few years.

I am only looking at schemes that are being built or are consulting the public, have contracts and are by reputable and reliable developers, like BP, Equinor, Orsted, Scottish Power, Shell, SSE and Wattenfall

The numbers are not small.

This year 3.2 GW, should be commissioned, with another 2.3 GW in 2023. But the total between now and 2028 is at least 30 GW plus Hinckley Point C. In fact it could be higher, as I have ignored nearly all of the 25 plus GW of the Scotwind projects in the seas around Scotland.

As the UK needs about 23 GW to wash its face and we already have 25.5 GW of renewables installed, by the mid point of the decade, we should be able to reorganise our energy, by cutting gas usage for power generation and exporting surpluses to Europe.

The future is blowing the wind!

September 7, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , | Leave a comment