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    Chocolate Stout Fermentation Stuck

    I didn't actually, other than spun the hydrometer a few times. Never have properly de-gassed. The 2FV is now sealed up with a clean airlock and wrapped in an old jumper to help heat it up a bit. The fermentation temp throughout the 2 weeks was between 19 and 22 decC, so within the recommended...
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    Chocolate Stout Fermentation Stuck

    Recipe was basically double the recipe in the link below. https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/secret-santa-recipes-2021.97336/post-1103750 It's been fermenting for two weeks now. My iSpindel (which does need to be calibrated) has been showing a constant gravity for about 8 days...
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    Chocolate Stout Fermentation Stuck

    Evening everyone. I'm having a bit of a 'mare tonight. It's bottling day and having never had an issue with stuck fermentations, went ahead and prepared my priming solution, sanitised all my equipment,- 5L mini keg, 30 bottles and bottle caps. As you know, that takes quite a while. Then I took a...
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    What are you drinking tonight 2022?

    My wife got me a couple of tins for our 10th anniversary (see what she did there?! 😁). This one is going down very well. Lots of lingering grapefruit and good bitterness. Would get this again. (she got it in Aldi)
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    What did you brew today?

    Last night I brewed the next version, and a bigger batch, of my Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, following advice from the forum on how to improve mouthfeel and body. All went well, mashing for 60 minutes at 67degC, although I dropped that to 66degC as the Klarstein has a habit of overshooting the...
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    What are you drinking tonight 2022?

    I'm sipping what I believe to be the penultimate pint from my 5L mini keg of Mangrove Jack's Juicy Session IPA. It's true what people have said about this - it's fantastic. Took the keg to a hogmanay party at a friend's last night and he was very surprised by it too. He's a big Hazy Jane drinker...
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    Secret Santa Recipes 2021

    Hi @chrisb8, I pimped-up a MYO Irish Stout from The Range a while ago, which included lactose. I discovered that in my old age I've become lactose intolerant 🤦🏼‍♂️💩, so I try to avoid any stouts with lactose in them. Very difficult to do when you love breakfast stouts etc! Sometimes you gotta...
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    Secret Santa Recipes 2021

    When planning the next brew of this COS, I decided to try another yeast, so bought some CML Four, for no other reason than to try something different. Looking at the specs, it seems to have potentially lower attenuation. So, I'll give this a try, plus I'll mash at 67 degC. Let's see how it turns...
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    Secret Santa Recipes 2021

    Santa-COS (Chocolate Oatmeal Stout) reviewed by @Cptn_Needa and @chrisb8 I'd appreciate any feedback, particularly on the thin mouthfeel experienced and what could be done to improve it. I modified and scaled down a recipe that I found online somewhere, possibly TMM. Thanks in advance for any...
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    Secret Santa Review Thread 2021!

    Thanks for that great review, and to @Cptn_Needa for that great review too. I'm proper chuffed with that! Had nightmares about my beers being shot down in flames, or poured down the sink! 😆 I'd totally agree with your thoughts on the mouthfeel. If you or anyone on the forum can suggest how to...
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    Secret Santa Review Thread 2021!

    Second and last SS review - a tasty Espresso Stout. Apologies to the brewer for keeping you hanging! Slight hiss upon opening, which sounded good for the style. The pour was clear with only a little wisp of sediment at the end which I caught in the bottle, leaving only a small mouthful of the...
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    Secret Santa Review Thread 2021!

    Well, if you knock up another Plum Porter, I'd happily exchange for one of my brews. 👍
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    Secret Santa Review Thread 2021!

    Apologies for those of you awaiting my review - been driving to and from the parents and the in-laws for the past couple of days. Had a day at home today and used it wisely by drinking beer and playing the PS4 with my wee boy. So, today I drank the first of my SS arrivals, which was a two...
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    What are you drinking tonight 2021?

    Porta 6 - one of my favourite wines 👍🏻
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    How many litres of home brew have you made 2021.

    22L Mangrove Jack's Juicy Session IPA Total 26,255 L
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