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    Keezer for collection in London SE5: £90

    Hi, I'd like to take this if it's still going.
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    Hello, I'm very keen on the keezer. I just need to get the tape measure out and see if I can...

    Hello, I'm very keen on the keezer. I just need to get the tape measure out and see if I can get it in the car with the seats down. If so I'd love to take it off your hands. I'll have a look later on and be in touch. If someone has already snapped it up let me know.
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    Yep, I have the spreadsheet template suggested elsewhere and my local water report to plug in to it. If the quality difference in the beers with water from Tesco and my tap is really noticeable I'll start doing a treatment on the water for each brew. I'm hoping at my level (and lack of...
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    I finally got around to a brew after the Christmas break. I had ordered grain from Maltmiller and specified a fine crush. I also took the time to set up my Beersmith profiles to pretty much match my set up/process. I got much better OG at 1.062 for a Cascade SMaSH IPA. It was near enough...
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    Thanks Matt and others, I think you're right and it's just efficiency. I am curious what I can do to improve that however so thanks for the idea on the crush. I get it crushed by the shop (homebrewcompany.co.uk) so I'll ask what they suggest. I don't think I'm on the scale to by a mill yet...
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    Hello all. Gradually getting my brew days more streamlined but I'm still finding basic issues and don't think my knowledge is up there yet to fix them quickly. Any input would be much appreciated as always. I had another brewday yesterday and was aiming for a SMASH Simcoe IPA. I've enjoyed...
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    Christmas Ale

    For my Christmas brew I’ve just added the spices to a 6% oatmeal stout. A few cloves, a cinnamon stick and teaspoon of ginger. I wasn’t sure how to do it safely so I soaked the lot in some boiling water and then drained before adding to the FV. Four days to go to bottling day so fingers...
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    Brew kettles

    Yeah I'm hoping so. I had a bit of singe on the element from a second IPA attempt. I took a taste yesterday when adding the dry hops and that seems to have had little to no impact so fingers crossed!
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    Brew kettles

    Was planning to bottle that IPA batch this weekend and as expected it's totally ruined, smokey to an almost acrid degree and leaves a very unpleasant aftertaste. Bottled a few up on the off chance but it's a drain pour. I brewed a Brewdog clone yesterday and I'm worried the same thing has...
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    Brew kettles

    Yeah I suspected as much. When I went out to the garage for one of hop additions the caramelised smell hit me as I walked in and I knew the game was up. We live and learn! I'll get some towels out and see how we get on this weekend.
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    Brew kettles

    Good news then I suppose. Though I fear my IPA is going to go the same way as the batch you mention, disappointing as it was supposed to be kegged and ready for some guests at the end of the month. Do you turn the element off and insulate during the mash? I would imagine a similar issue could...
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    Brew kettles

    I'm currently using an all in one Peco boiler for BIAB. I've had two brews now where the element has ended up with burnt on material and I think it's added an unpleasant bitterness to the beers (still in fermentation / carbing so can't be sure). This has me considering moving to a more...
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    Thanks for the help all. Had a brewday yesterday attempting an IPA. I ended up with about 13L in the fermenter with OG of 1062. I'd have gotten more in but using as much hop pellets as I did left a lot of material floating around and I struggled to avoid disturbing it with the siphon. Seems...
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    Newbie BIAB brewdays

    I'll get the thermometer into the mash then and see how it looks in amongst the grain. I've been relying on the probe in the water below the grain which is obviously not cutting the mustard. The mash isn't particularly thick but best to check I guess!
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