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    First timer with small orchard seeking advice on cider

    Well I had a crack at the weekend. Used around 10kg of apples, got around 4.5L of juice. I've left the remainder of the apples (probably around another 10kg) in the greenhouse to ripen a bit more as some of them were pretty tough (the food processor was getting stuck!). That said it's all...
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    The Love Brewing Trick or Treat Giveaway!

    Lucky freedom thanks 🙏
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    First timer with small orchard seeking advice on cider

    cool some good info there thank you. And loving the setup! Although as a one off I quite like the idea of the 4x2 💪😂
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    First timer with small orchard seeking advice on cider

    Reading this thread with interest as I've just been given some apples from a friend and haven't made "real" cider before. I've ordered a fruit press (I was waiting for an excuse!). Should I just cut the apples into halves/quarters and then put them in the press, fire into a DJ and then add...
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    Hi from Caithness

    Welcome from a fellow Caithnesian 😉 Good job on getting the Demijohns 👍🏻 Where about are you in Caithness? I’m in Halkirk.
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    Had a few hours spare this evening, so after a good cleanout I've got version 2 in the fermenter. Re-hydrated the yeast this time after the last disaster although suspect something else was at play (I do wonder if the wort may have been a touch on the high side when I pitched the yeast but...
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    Definitely an infection of some sort in my low ABV beer. Zero fermentation activity but something nasty on top. I've binned it and given the fermenter a good clean with sodium percarbonate. Left some of it soaking and will give it another wash tomorrow. Hopefully get another crack at this...
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    PH Meter

    I've been toying with a pH meter, but wondered whether the extra effort with a digital meter outweighs the more simple (if less accurate) pH strips for beer?
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    Brew day for me was 31st July. A good friend of mine is giving up the sauce, but will take low ABV beer. So I offered to brew some < 1% beer and liked the sound of the recipe which David Heath has on his youtube channel. First problem was I forgot to run the pump during mash! Doh - I was too...
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    So, I'm well overdue an update on my latest brews. Firstly, the Hard Seltzer eventually stopped fermenting, and I mean eventually. Must have been 4 weeks before I eventually pulled it and keg'd it. The benefit of leaving it so long is that going into the keg it's pretty much crystal clear and...
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    Cleaning kegs

    I'm a bit lazy when it comes to cleaning too. Once a keg is empty then I rinse it with water and a good hose to get any remnants out. Then I put a couple of litres of StarSan in it - give it a good shake. Leave for 10 mins or so, give it another shake. Leave it, then I connect it up to the...
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    Going Large - Today's the Day

    Thanks @phillc for the info on kegs and cleaning, really interesting. And I can see how you’d get a good workout from cleaning! keep the posts coming, this is my favourite thread right now 👍🏻
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    Going Large - Today's the Day

    Out of interest, where did you get the kegs from and how did you wash them? Does the brewery have a keg cleaner?
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    So, last weekends brew was interesting! Made my Elderflower ale as touched on previously (this years recipe below, last years above). Added the wheat malt to get a bit more head retention and wanted to use Northern Brewer (a) because I had lots in the freezer and (b) it's quite a nice clean...
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    Clyne's (BrewBru's!) brewday

    Hey @Scott Begbie - I made an elderflower ale last year and it was one of my favourite brews of the year! This was my recipe, although I altered it a little bit this year (120g of elderflowers rather than 100g), and a couple of minor (some accidental!) changes. I'll let you know how it turns...
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