I tried to make my own boilies this week. It was the most basic mix (i.e semolina, egges, flavour - bobs your uncle type thing!)but came out looking like an actual boilie!! I have had a couple of books by John Baker, but they are far too technical and detailed for a novice bait maker to follow. I have bought a Burco boiler to boil them and hemp and will shortly be investing in a rolling table. Any tips much appreciated!
it looked like a boilie cos that's wot it was. Not a particularly good one granted, but a boilie none the less. it doesn't have to be complicated and you most certainly don't need to get into HNV's, first limiting amino acids and all that jazz to make a half decent bait.
Barbel are not very complex creatures and will eat pretty much anything, if you were to combine semo, soya flour and fishmeal in equal parts (33% ish of each) and chuck in a good handful of curry powder to flavour 5 mls per egg cod liver oil 5mls CSL or similar per 2 eggs and you'll catch and it'll be cheap as chips, anyone can put a half decent bait together, if you want a great bait then you have to have a bit of knowledge.
Try mixing grated parmesan cheese into your base mix of semolina/whole meal flour & eggs they realy do stink and are great for chub so cant see why barbs wont take them too. Add a little bit of sea salt too if you like ;)