Feeds

LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

Commemorative Vulture 2 mead will knock your socks off

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

It hasn't escaped some readers' attention that our Vulture 2 spaceplane's moniker might handily be abbreviated to "V2", which got Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Paul "Lord Shax" Shackleton thinking about rocket fuel, and indeed fuel for the human elements of our audacious ballocket mission.

Hitler's Vergeltungswaffe 2 was powered by a liquid ethanol/water mix plus liquid oxygen (LOX), while its ground crews presumably ran on lager and schnapps.

Our rocket ship is propelled by ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP), and its operators have responded favourably to fuelling with a mixture of ale and bacon sarnies.

The liquid nourishment element of that may be about to change, though, with Paul's announcement that he's taken to the reinforced concrete shed at the bottom of the garden to experiment with a commemorative "V2" 18% ABV mead.

The LOHAN V2 mead label

Yes indeed, not content with imperilling life and limb wrangling rocket motors, Paul also regularly risks having his socks blown clean off with a range of homebrew concoctions, some of which give "Devil's Venom" (the Russian-brewed hypergolic blend of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine [UDMH] and nitric acid with a dash of cranberry juice) a run for its money.

Flaming bottle of the Devils Venom

Here's the man himself, seen third from left during last year's LOHAN Spanish jaunt with, from L-R, Dave Akerman, Rob Eastwood and Claire Edwards...

The LOHAN team poses with the Vulture 2

...and we'll now bring you details on how you too can get your laughing gear round some meady goodness, and then fall over to awaken later in the hospital surrounded by weeping relatives and nurses bearing biros and organ donor consent forms.

To make 5 litres of LOHAN V2 mead, you will need...

Honey and dextrose

  • ...2 x 340g jars Tesco Finest Orange Blossom Honey
  • 1 x 340g jar Tesco EveryDay Value Honey
  • 1kg Brewer's sugar (dextrose)

The other ingredients required to make V2 mead

  • 4 x Vitamin B1 yeast nutrient tablets
  • 10g Tartaric acid
  • 15g Citric acid
  • 2g Tannin - a little bit goes a LONG way
  • 7.5g Pectolase - Not technically needed, but I always add it...
  • 10g Turbo yeast
  • 5g Brewer's sugar
  • Ashbeck Spring Water to make brew up to 5 litres

Before getting hands-on, Paul did a quick ABV calculation

  • 3 x 340g honey = 1020g
  • 1020g * 0.82 = 836.4g sugar
  • 836.4g + 1000g = 1836.4g total sugar
  • Therefore by using 20g sugar per 1% ABV/litre, (1836.4/20) / 5 = 18.364% ABV
  • Close enough to 18% for me!

Well quite...

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Here's the recipe

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
Almost 20 BEEELION kilometres from Sol
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff
Er, we think our ISS launch beats your fishing expedition
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army
Railguns for 'Future fighting vehicle'
OK Google, do I have CANCER?
Company talks up pill that would spot developing tumors
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.