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    Nicks90's Brewdays

    Ag51 pilgrim smash... Is a smash hit! Damn this is a nice hop. It's just so......... English! Just utterly pleasant, bitter fruity notes with a slight honey / woody backend. Combined with using a clean yeast and Minch malt, gives a really fresh session ale. Note to self when browsing this...
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    Nicks90's Brewdays

    AG53 Autumn Ale This is a mix up of some of my previous favourite English ale recipes from the past 12 months or so - slowly starting to refine what it is i want and getting a house recipe sorted. 4kg Irish Malt 100gm crystal 100ebc 10gm chocolate 100gm special x 300ebc Hops 10gm First Gold...
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    If you could only brew 5 styles?

    5!?!?!? I usually only brew 2 Ale and IPA But I suppose if you are being picky then that could be split in to traditional English ale, English pale ale, dark ale And IPA is a minefield of different cultist sects inhabited by folks obsessive about 3 and 5 letter acronyms IPA Neipa Dipa Wcipa...
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    Ag52 My first saison As per my post in the general recipe section, I've decided to have a go at a saison. I'm not entirely sure it's my cup of tea, but I've only had limited experience of commercial saisons and as there are soooo many types, I could spend years trying them all. So sod it, let's...
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    First saison recipe

    I'm usually running about 70%, so I may up the volume to do a 17 or 18l batch then, just to keep it at a sensible abv. So does the recipe and hop combo sound ok?
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    First saison recipe

    I've never done a saison before, in fact I've only ever tried commercial saisons a couple of times and I'm not hugely convinced... But that's not stopping me having a go at one. Before I put grain to water, can those in the know advise me if this will 'work' and make a sort of saison type ale...
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    Is two bottles of wine night every other day too much?

    Yeah, but it goes in fits and starts. I might do 2 or 3 brews in a week and then nothing for a month. Or one q week for a month and the drop off a bit. But, my brews generally only produce 30pints/15l instead of the more usual 23l output. Mainly because of my tea urn size.
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    Is two bottles of wine night every other day too much?

    I've developed a beer belly since starting all grain, draw your own conclusions... But ag52 is on its way and I'm only 18 months in to my journey
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    Nicks90's Brewdays

    Ag50 what's left IPA that I forgot to write anything down for - proper job jobbed. Not a bad pint even if I do say so myself, easily on a par with generic shipyard type ipas
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    Home made chiller

    My brew urn sits on the washing machine next to a Belfast sink, so taps and drainage are right next to it and just like you, wort gets dropped in to the fv. Hot side aeration? Pah!
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    Home made chiller

    I've been no chill brewing for a while now and I've had pretty consistent results by factoring in the natural cool down overnight to my hop schedule. But...big but...I've always felt that I'm missing some of the hop flavour of late additions and getting more bitterness due to no chill than I was...
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    Fitting a hose or barb fitting to an urn tap

    I have a similar urn and the site glass tube is basically screwed in top and bottom. I'm thinking of removing the nuts and drilling out a suitable hole and fitting a proper tap. Then just blanking off the top hole
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    Nicks90's Brewdays

    AG49 Proper beer bitter ale pint has come good, grain to glass in 4 weeks! Definitely going to do this again, very similar to others I've done, and mainline bitter. So lots of variations on a theme - but you can't beat a proper English pint of ale! Tried to show how clear it was, but failed to...
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    Marmite Beer

    I hate marmite, but I love it as an additive in food. Just like Asian fish sauce, it's grim but really lifts a dish. Marmite in gravy, spag bol, meat pies, stews and casseroles, a small amount in Yorkshire puddings (I know, sacrilege and I'm from Yorkshire too!) And I even did a steak on the BBQ...
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    2020 Cider season

    @Moonraker At 17.5% - possibly a bit more to go albeit slowly - it'll definitely be a sipper and not a quaffer wine! Good on yer
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