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Old 18-05-2017, 07:56 AM   #1221
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Right - I have my 15l pot.
I have my Bag.
I have the sieve.
I'm ordering ingredients today.
Question - my FV is a 25l, I'm making the 10l version, will it be ok fermenting in a 25l bucket ?
Don't really want to have to order a 15l bucket just yet. Worried there will be too much air in there if not.?


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My first AG was 5Ltrs in a 25Ltr FV and it was fine. Bought a 10Ltr FV now, for ease of use and so I can stack on top of the bigger FVs.
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Old 18-05-2017, 08:42 AM   #1222
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Sorry - another question. Ordering the malt in big batches is obviously more cost effective .
How long does it store for ?


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Old 18-05-2017, 11:17 AM   #1223
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Depends on how you store it. Dry places away from mice, it'll last a year.
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Old 18-05-2017, 02:25 PM   #1224
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Yup, no worries regarding batch size in FV.
Crushed grain is supposed not to last as long as uncrushed,however some of mine is crushed and have had it some time and i aint slinging it away.
I crush my own now.
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Old 18-05-2017, 04:01 PM   #1225
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Yup, no worries regarding batch size in FV.
Crushed grain is supposed not to last as long as uncrushed,however some of mine is crushed and have had it some time and i aint slinging it away.
I crush my own now.


Great stuff . Daft question - how do you crush it ?


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Old 18-05-2017, 06:44 PM   #1226
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Nice thread, I started about the same way, after doing one kit beer which supplied me with an FV, a bottling pipe, four bottles and some cleaner.

However, I am looking to get people into brewing AG, without having done a kit brew before. What is missing is a simple way or methods to fill bottles without bottling pipe. The intro at the beginning of this thread seems to be built upon the fact that people already have bottling equipment because they did kit brewing. Here on the continent, I have the impression that kit brewing is not as popular as in the UK and the US. Another problem here is that no supplier delivers crushed malt. However, old coffee mills are a good, albeit rather slow substitute.

Now, regarding the brewing itself. With the lessons of Brülosophy in the back of the mind, it would even be easier to start brewing. At is needed is a 10 liter stock pot or pressure cooker. This can be used for mashing, cooking and fermenting. Do the mash like in the intro and the cooking like in the intro, but after cooking and cooling, just dump the yeast on the cooked wort and let ferment for 14 days. This way of working needs two things: a thermometer, and a way to crush malt.

However, after fermentation, bottling needs to be done. The problem is bottling without large investments. Sanitising all the cold stuff can be done with a little bit of bleach. However, what could be used for simple racking? A silicon tube is hard to find and relatively expensive (if you know it will be reused it is of course a good investment). It seems that with racking this way, one needs to take into account more loss than using a proper racking cane.

Any thoughts or ideas on inexpensive, easy racking for bottling? Could be DIY, but not too time consuming.

(And I am here in Belgium, so swing top bottles are easy to come by, no problem with capping).
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Great stuff . Daft question - how do you crush it ?


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With a grain mill. before i got one i did crush some malt with a blender which apparently must never be done. All i can say is i never had a problem with doing it that way!.
Don't worry about storage. Crushed grain will last a decent while provided it's bagged ,airtight ,dry and stored out of the light. I bet loads of people on here keep crushed grains for a good amount of time without any real detrimental effect.
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With a grain mill.
Don't worry about storage. Crushed grain will last a decent while provided it's bagged and airtight


Thanks folks . Can't wait to have a bash this weekend


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With a grain mill. before i got one i did crush some malt with a blender which apparently must never be done. All i can say is i never had a problem with doing it that way!.
Don't worry about storage. Crushed grain will last a decent while provided it's bagged ,airtight ,dry and stored out of the light. I bet loads of people on here keep crushed grains for a good amount of time without any real detrimental effect.


I destroyed a blender doing it this way. I order mine precrushed now and it lasts at least a couple of months.
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Bottled my first AG this morning. The missus came down and said it smelled like a brewery.



I took that as a very good sign.
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