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Old 24-05-2015, 09:22 AM   #11
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Got a Headcracker in the Fv, when it's worked out would it be best to siphon into a second Fv for a while then bottle or would you put straight into bottle. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
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Old 31-10-2015, 03:17 PM   #12
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Did this brew the other week. After 20 days in the FV, I bottled it. Just put them in the shed today (2 weeks after bottling) apart from the 3 pints I had to put in a Greenalls take home jug. Why a jug? I ran out of bottle tops!! I am thinking of trying this tonight while i watch the Aussies and the All Blacks run into each other at speed.
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Old 31-10-2015, 06:33 PM   #13
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I guarantee that you'll be seeing a load of pink elephants tackle each other. Headcracker is gorgeous but so strong!
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No pink elephants! Only because I fell asleep. 2 weeks in the bottle and it tastes great, reckon it will be a nice xmas tipple. Cheers.
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I like to leave my headcracker 3 to 4 months before drinking it. It does get a lot nicer with age.
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Was thinking about trying this as an alternative to cider (not a lager fan).

Is this more of a heavy/ale than anything else? What would you compare it to?
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Made one of these up as my first ever beer brew. I used all bottled water.

OG was 1.062 after thorough stirring.

As for many other people, mine stalled at 1.020 SG, and stirring etc (temps were at 21 degrees C so plenty warm enough) to no avail I finally pitched a sachet of Crossmyloof Real Ale yeast, which got it going nicely once again.

Finished and wouldn't go any further at 1.016, so bottled (batch primed with light spray malt at 85g total) on 16/09/2017.

Cracked a bottle on 27/09/2017. Still a little yeasty, but quite delicious. Very very malty and sweet to begin with, hints of fruitiness, with a tiny tiny hint of liquorice (which is quite nice) arriving at the same time as the bitterness from the hopping will be even better once it's had more time to clear and condition. A delicious winter warmer that I'd certainly make again, I wouldn't bother with the kit yeast again though, easier to just use a better yeast from the off.
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Think I'll have to put this one on the "to do" list, sounds like fun
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A quick update, as now drinking this properly.

When chilled it's a really lovely pint, delicious and fruity almost. Warm however and it's just too much.
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