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glycosis, the yeast metabolises the sugars and converts it into alcohol. This process will take several days and is where the wort will turn into beer.
When fermentation is complete, the yeast has consumed all the sugars and conditioning will start. The brewing process naturally produces off flavours and the remaining yeast will remove these  avours from the beer. Once conditioning is complete, then the product is packaged. This can be a cask, can or a bottle. Or as Bucks Star produce – an Eco Growler which is a reusable bottle that you buy and
then re ll when you’re ready.
From start to finish the whole brewing, conditioning and packaging process takes about two weeks.
So by the time Christmas day rolls round and you’re fed up of jingle bells and fairy lights, spare a thought for some of the producers who have had Christmas on their minds for most of the year.
A special thanks to James at Pastures Farm, Olney; Ian at Stagsden Christmas Trees, Stagsden and Datis at Bucks Star Brewery, Stonebridge.
starches are converted to sugar. The mashing process takes about an hour. Then, through a process called sparging, the sugary liquid that is extracted from the mash tun. This liquid is called wort and is transferred to the  nal vessel, known as copper or kettle and it is where the boiling takes place. The wort will be boiled for one to two hours and within this time hops are added which give the beer its bitterness and aroma.
Once the wort has been boiled, it is transferred to a fermenter where the yeast is added. Through a process called
Newport Pagnell WI
No sooner had we elected a new President than it was time for Newport Pagnell WI to host the Group Meeting at the end of October.
For this large gathering we were able to utilise the
Methodist Church, which proved to be an ideal venue for such an event. After much re-arranging of seats, and setting out of refreshments, a total of 48 ladies sat down to listen to a very amusing and interesting talk by Jane Robinson who spoke about the history of the WI.
She began with Tony Blair’s famed appearance at the Albert Hall AGM a few years ago, and went on to describe many other incidents during the WI’s long history.
We were pleased to welcome the Vicar of the Methodist Church, who kindly drew the winning tickets in the raf e, and also stayed for tea and homemade cakes (wonder if she’ll become a member?)
Our November meeting was well attended, with 2 visitors and one new member signing on. Our speaker this month was former Mayor, Phil Winser, who came to tell us about his year as |Mayor or Newport Pagnell.
Born in the town, Phil spent 40 years working for Milton Keynes Council
The History of the WI
in various roles. Upon retirement, he was asked to join Newport Pagnell Town Council, later being voted Deputy Mayor and then Mayor. In this role his contacts from his work with Milton Keynes proved to be very useful.
Phil described many events during his year in of ce, from attending the Carnival and the Horticultural Show, to becoming an Honorary Member of Newport Pagnell Rotary Club. He was certainly kept very busy and we all enjoyed this insight into his year as Mayor.
The Competition this month was won by Marion Galliford, 2nd Cathy Rouse, 3rd June Weston, and the Raf e by Sylvia Puddephatt and Pat Cutts.
Newport Pagnell Women’s Institute meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the room at the rear of the Methodist Church. Next month members will demonstrate their skills with patchwork, sugar paste  owers and other hobbies, which ladies are invited to try for themselves. For further information please call Evelyn Mison on 01908 615630 or just come along on the night. You can email us on:, and we are also on facebook: search for Newport Pagnell Women’s Institute.
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