Not the absence of homebrew but the absence of rain…..
Now on our 16th consecutively dry day here. No rain since some drizzle on Xmas Day (all 1.4 mm of it).
And as the DPs have been low, everything has dried up nicely after the December deluges.
Long dry spells are not unusual and 16 days doesn’t even come near any record. My longest consecutive winter dry spell was from December the 13th until the 11th January 2009, a total of 29 days.
Looking at the forecast, this dry spell could continue until the middle of next week or longer