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    Fermentation Chamber - How to finish it?

    Hi there, I got carried away over the last week or so building a fermentation chamber from some insulation sheets. As you can see below it is accidentally on purpose a little bit large! Two at a time I suppose was my aim. And tall things as it's a bit over 800mm high. My challenge now is the...
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    Left the mash in the wort - problem?

    Lovely post Ade! I went for the Greg Hughes "Home Brew Beer" just as I started out on all grain and never looked back. I seem to have skipped a few lessons though and am very much enjoying Scott Janish's "The New IPA" now :). I will add, Home Brew Beer is beautifully put together with many...
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    When to add citra hops???

    Indeed! This is my constant battle. The waiting, which is then accompanied by much reading, and so I get excited to try things completely different, and fail to iterate a particular one to perfection/excellence. It's a decent problem to have I suppose!
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    Time to harvest hops

    Rob they look slightly more closed than mine, so perhaps another few days is indeed warranted. Although second pic maybe they look more ready. In my first pic, that's the sign i'm looking for. That ever so slight tint of rust that's appearing on that bottom hop. Maybe :D. This is my second year :).
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    Time to harvest hops

    Hi Rob I'm about 0.6 degrees further south than you and my Prime Donna/First Gold hops are almost ready. So I will guess there's 5-7 days lag as we move every degree or so further north :). Back up by some discussion in the growing report thread :). Can you post a photo? I may post one if I can...
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Yeah I wonder if sun is my issue, but the wild ones I picked were everywhere and both North and south west facing. Although I suppose many plants and unlimited root space. Mine are in a northfacing garden but gets direct sun from late morning till late afternoon. Since next door completed...
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Ah I didn't know that!
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Well! One colony of wild hops was past its best and the entire cones had gone brown. Managed to get a 3rd of a generic 'large' of the zip lock bag full. Second colony was spot on ready I think, got two full bags! My dehydrator is now full :).
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    When to add citra hops???

    For what it's worth I'm going with a hop tea for my experiment with a low alcohol lager. I do have temp control but this seems more tidy plus allows me to drink some to learn what it is I'm adding. Linky lonky. I am eager to try it but have to wait, am going for the approach of adding it at...
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Last year I picked wild hops on the 5th September, and my first year of Prima Dona and... the other one I forget, a couple of days later. But first years are as first years do! This year my prima dona has performed worse than its first year, probably due to the pot being too small and perhaps I...
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    How long to keep hops?

    As has been said, the best practice seems to be nitrogen purged foil packed and then frozen. Everything degrades eventually but the above will all help to further reduce whatever fraction of potential is lost in every arbitrary unit of time. Once opened I do similar to what you suggest, seal and...
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    Smallest 4-keg keezer solution?

    Ah this is just getting hold of some 2x4 and creating literally a collar around the top of the freezer, adding the lid to that and so achieving greater usable interior height. Ala to the left/behind my bike there: EDIT: Also makes it easier to add the taps, as you can drill through the wood...
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    Grain Mills - What's Your Experience?

    Cushy! I go over complicating with 3d printing and a Chinese takeaway box does it! :D might even be better! And the drinks bottle of course, so simple! And maybe an excuse for a takeaway then, two birds one stone. :)
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    Grain Mills - What's Your Experience?

    I like to think that with the big boy grinders/mills I could 3D print it up a bit and attach a proper motor, although there isn't really that much point for 5 minutes milling! I did try dampening the grain once, but then used my water sprayer for something that wasn't water and never got round...
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    Grain Mills - What's Your Experience?

    Hey Terry. I have the one you link to. As others say, it's a bit of a chore when working with 3-5kg. I did a 1kg worth the other day and that easy enough. I have done the following to make it work nicer: 1. Couple of spacers/washers in the right place to help set the grind. 2. Used some L...
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