Oh look – a post on two of my vices – gambling and drinking! 🙂
Conscious that I’ve not made much headway in my goal to earn £500 from online activities, I had a quick browse through TopCashback* to see if there were any decent offers that didn’t involve me spending a lot of money.
The following offers jumped out at me…
In my mind, I couldn’t lose with either of these offers – if I bet my respective £10’s and lost, I would still make £17.30 profit with William Hill and £16.25 profit with Betfair!
Yes, I know that this past year, I’ve done a pretty good job at keeping my gambling to a minimum, but TFS
will understand why I had to jump on these offers as he’s taken advantage of similar himself (although he’ll note that I’m less adventurous with my bets!).
So, I opened my William Hill account and deposited a tenner.
I placed a bet on a football match (won’t bore you with the details) and won £3.33.
Not much but I didn’t lose any money, ie still had my original stake, which was the main point.
I opened my Betfair account and deposited a tenner (or rather, just over a tenner as I read the small print re qualification for cashback).
Another couple of bets on football matches and I won £5.65.
All in all, including cashback, I made a total profit of £62.53
– not bad for a few minutes’ work!
And the £10 deposited in my each of my new accounts? I withdrew it all so I can’t place any more bets!
These gambling cash backs were tricky ones to test my willpower but I believe I passed the test, although with me rolling the dice to choose an investment earlier in the month, some may think I haven’t totally gotten rid of my gambling bug and chances are, I never will but I reckon I can keep it under control!
More ‘sedate’ cash backs to be earned over the coming month or so, as I’m due to renew my various insurances (home, travel, car and landlord).
Anyway, if you choose to do so, please gamble responsibly!
Home Brew Beer #4
Time for another home brew beer update and this time, I went for Young’s American Amber Ale kit.
I brewed it at the beginning of April and the brew has finally conditioned to make a very nice hoppy-flavoured beer!
When I bought it, the kit cost £28 (down from £32) but it looks like I can get it cheaper now which is good news as I definitely want to do this one again.
I brewed just over 21 litres/37 pints, so the cost of this one worked out as £0.67 per bottle or £0.76 per pint! I handed out samples to friends and colleagues last week and received some great feedback (and requests for seconds!), so this one is a good brew.
The beer is still a touch cloudy though not too much – recent bottles have been much clearer than the picture shown, which was taken of the first bottle I opened a few weeks ago.
Strength of the beer is about 5.0% ABV, enough to give me a smidgen of a hangover anyway, after I had a few bottles the other Friday night!
I think this brew is better than the Woodforde’s Wherry I did and maybe slightly ahead of the St Peter’s Golden Ale.
For my next home brew, I think I’m going to try a fruit cider kit. I’m not much of a cider drinker but I got a kit as a Christmas present and well, I may as well make use of it, even though I’d much rather continue brewing beer! Plus my cider-drinking friends have been feeling rather left out compared to my beer-drinking pals – it’s their turn to sample some of my home brew!
Update when I’ve gotten round to brewing it!
OOO (Out Of Office)
I’m about to head out for my usual trip to Hong Kong to see my folks so won’t be about for a while.
I don’t have any posts scheduled so updates will resume upon my return, and I’ll have a big catch up on my blog reading when I’m back.
See you all then!