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    Lager recipes

    It's possibly not "true to style", but who are you making it for? Critical beer judges, or your own/spouse's pallettes? Does it matter to you if it's not "true to style"?
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    Great British Beer Festival

    Thanks for the recipe. I'll give it a whirl later in the year. Good to see that you can win gold with dried yeast!
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    Holiday

    That's also the reason where there should be a minimum threshold that needs to be passed (55, 60, 66% etc) rather than a simple majority to change the status quo. There's little point in going through a huge nationwide changes for tiny majority at a single point in time when options can...
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    Great British Beer Festival

    Well done @Hazelwood Brewery ! ... I was wondering about finding a decent recipe for a best/premium bitter to brew next month 😉
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    Yeah over 100% attenuation?

    That, I'm afraid, I don't know. I've been fortunate enough not to have to do it. Plenty of more knowledgeable people in this forum than me though. A search may yield a result, or hopefully a bearer of wisdom will find along
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    Yeah over 100% attenuation?

    That's a shame. Make sure you give an your kit a really good clean. Soaking everything in a bleach solution is a good place to start.
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    Summer Brew and Swap - British Golden Ale

    Good job you don't taste with your eyes! Both look lovely to me
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    If you were starting again what would you buy?? Beer-kit brewing

    100% this. It's so lovely just being able to chuck it around without worrying about it breaking. One less hassle on brewday. I do wonder why they never made metal/plastic hydrometers 🤔 How do these stack up in the long run? Some of the yeasts that I use stick to the insides pretty hard and need...
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    does long fermentation imply anything bad?

    So in short, you only need to accurately record the FG (and OG) if you want to know the ABV. I went through a couple of years of slapdash brewing where I was just making ~4-5% beers, and the actual ABV didn't matter, so I didn't measure it (some brews I didn't even weigh the grain, I just...
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    If you were starting again what would you buy?? Beer-kit brewing

    With hindsight, I would probably buy almost exactly the kit that I have now. But that's because I upgraded all of my kit last year from the hodge-podge of assorted things that I'd been brewing and upgrading over the past 15 years. I now have a grainfather G30, a stainless steel brewmonk...
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    does long fermentation imply anything bad?

    There is a chance that the continued drop in gravity is a result of an infection, but the simplest explanation is that it's just still going. The best way to tell if there is a problem is to taste it. If it tastes bad, you have a problem. If it doesn't, then there is no problem. If it is...
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    Newbie questions

    I've never used special sugar. I just use plain table sugar (sucrose) from the supermarket. It still ferments out fully to carbonate the bottles without imparting any flavour.
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    does long fermentation imply anything bad?

    No, it doesn't necessarily indicate a problem. Some yeasts are just like that, and sometimes it just takes longer (I've had this recently and no idea why - I didn't have fermentation tracker and ended up bottling it too early and it hugely over-carbed). Which yeast was it?
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    July Belgian beers competition

    It's well worth brewing this if you like Belgian Abbey Ales, and not a hard recipe. We did a side-by-side comparison between the original and this clone: There's not a lot to tell between them!
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    July Belgian beers competition

    Thank you @samale for judging! Well done everyone! Mine was a clone of Leffe Radieuse which is one of our favourite Belgian ales. I'd love to say that it was my recipe, but it's not. Full credit goes to the OP of this thread for the recipe. My recipe is attached if you don't want to trawl...
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