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    10 Day Fermentation Ending, But I need to Travel?

    @Victor Churchill, (at risk of others shooting me down) I think there's generally confusion between the naming convention for groups of phases of yeast activity ('primary' & 'secondary' aka. 'conditioning') and the naming convention used for different stages of the typical brew production...
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    RAFFLE #18 Grainfather Advanced Brewery Set Up

    I'm in! Only 71 tickets left! Order Number 5501
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    Excessive bottle carbonation - what am I doing wrong?

    @RichardMW my galvanised bin lid licking habit is under control! Exercised rarely, and now only when low on stocks of 'extreme' NEIPA. Let us know how you get on with minikegs.
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    Excessive bottle carbonation - what am I doing wrong?

    BTW was finally swayed on metallic issue when, as an experiment, I tasted some tap water left for few days in my cleaned and prepped minikegs vs. tap water left in a glass for same period of time. Minikeg samples were distinctly different. Very much how I imagine it would be like licking an...
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    Excessive bottle carbonation - what am I doing wrong?

    @RichardMW re question 2 in OP... Had considered the same with repurposed minikegs, but decided against, following the balance of advice on this forum. Didn't feel the marginal convenience over bottling vs. the possibility of 5 litres of precious homebrew spoilt with metallic taint, was worth...
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    Festival London Porter kit question!

    @PanchoSimon I've learnt loads from this excellent forum over several years of home-brewing. Glad to be able to repay the favour and spread the good word! If your brew appears to have stalled, then I'd check SG. Depending on your FV temp, it may have already hit target FG. In which case no...
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    Festival London Porter kit question!

    @PanchoSimon, definitely best to ignore kit instruction timings! You'll see many mentions on this forum that these instructions are always hopelessly optimistic! At 18-20 degC your brew will take about 2 weeks to fully ferment out in FV. So, think best hold fire on dry-hopping for a few more...
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    Juicy Session IPA - Mangrove Jack's review

    Did MJ Juicy Session IPA also a few months ago. Beer didn't last very long! Excellent brew! My notes below... Brewed with 1.2kg pouch MJ Pure LME 'Light'. OG 1.045, FG 1.010 (ABV 4.8% as advertised). Pitched at 23oC and kept at pretty constant 20oC thereafter. NB warning to others: Initial lag...
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    Hello, back to brewing !

    @Ruudspark I've done a few of Muntons brands also in past (Werry & Nelson). Realise it's down to personal preference, but for what it's worth, would generally rate Festival/MJ kits higher.
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    Hello, back to brewing !

    @Ruudspark would strongly recommend Festival Belgian Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV with classic Belgian estery tones. Believe Festival kits are from same 'farm' as Mangrove Jacks. Both are brands owned by and using same ingredients from Bevie Ingredients group. Festival are 3kg two-pack pouch kits with...
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    First post to say hi.

    @Bombers hoppy ending, in answer to your questions... My Festival Landlords Finest Bitter was bottled only 13 days ago. So, not officially out of 'prime' phase yet, nevermind 'condition'. Festival Landlord gets a mixed press on this forum. Some are disappointed, some say it's excellent. I...
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    First post to say hi.

    @Bombers hoppy ending, Razorback IPA is quickish. Though not as quick as say Summer Glory or NZ Pilsner. (Or even Landlord, which although currently only two weeks in bottle is already going down well - though it's clearly much more of a session ale). I've done Razorback twice this last year...
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    First post to say hi.

    @Bombers hoppy ending, Further to earlier comments about bottle-conditioning Festival darker ales... My Suffolk Strong has been in bottle for exactly 6 weeks today. Coincidentally had one last night, and only now is it starting to come good with some final balance of flavour. A month ago it...
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    First post to say hi.

    @Bombers hoppy ending, I imagine it won't take you too long to recover your investment! I personally resumed kit brewing myself when lockdown started a year ago. I've done 15 kits in 12 months. Not bought more than a dozen commercial bottles in the meantime. And now nothing from the usual...
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    First post to say hi.

    @Bombers hoppy ending, Agata bench capper is a good bit of kit! I have the exact same model. If still in a spending mood, you may also want to consider getting Fermtech Auto-syphon (5 gal size), Pro-filler bottler and Thief... https://www.fermtech.ca/
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