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  1. Stuart Wilson

    Gelatin in FV?

    Sorry...should read "started"!! I've not been brewing long, and work from whole grain. Started by buying a kit, but then moved over to just buying ingredients separately. Once fermentation is finished, I syphon into a bottling bucket, which is just a FV with a tap. I leave as much as the yeast...
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    Maybe re-inventing the wheel....

    Always a bit of a faff getting last 3 litres out of bottling bucket and into bottles. Tilting bucket etc. Got this from B & Q plumbing section. Forms a siphon which totally solves problem. Virtually nothing left in bucket now! Maybe a well known trick....but new to me! Need some PTFE tape to...
  3. Stuart Wilson

    Gelatin in FV?

    Last few brews I've stayed adding gelatine to bottling bucket. Put priming sugar in a sauce pan, just enough hot water (just off boil) to dissolve it. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of gelatine on top. Put lid back on pan and let it stand for a few mins. Give it a quick swirl and pour into beer in...
  4. Stuart Wilson

    Lager Conditioning

    I did my first lager last year.....no proper temperature control. Ferment in the back kitchen which is "pretty chilly" (technical description of temperature) in the winter, then transfer to plastic carboys which went into the unheated garage for about 5 weeks. It turned out fine....friends said...
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    Taking advantage of cold weather

    This is all very interesting.....but I can't control temperature at all so have to work with what the british climate gives me. This advice may be well intended....but it is pointless because I am stuck with whatever temperature the back kitchen ends up at. If we have a heatwave next week the...
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    Taking advantage of cold weather

    Now bubbling away nicely at 14 degrees....
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    Taking advantage of cold weather

    That's just what temp it ends up in my bsvk itchen....no temp control so under normal circs it would be a lot higher! It's atually couple of degrees colder but yeast is keeping temp at 17......
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    Taking advantage of cold weather

    Two batches of lager....czech pilsner and vienna lager. Using mangrove Jack's bohemian lager yeast (M84). Temp in back kitchen seems perfect.....both fermenting like fury for first 3 - 4 days but calming g down now. Plan to shift to garage (totally unheated) after 10 days and just leave there...
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    Bottle colour

    Yeast makes a difference too....I made a czech style pilsner last year ..... cant remember the yeast I used but settled out really loosely. You had to be careful even moving the bottle.....almost had to plan your drinking. Set the bottles out really carefully and let them stand for a while in...
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    Bottle colour

    I have been using brown bottles, but recently acquired a few clear ones. I found that there were much better. Much easier to fill as you can see the level of beer in the bottle so clearly. Easier to pour as you can see what the sediment is doing. Easier to see how the beer is clearing with time...
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    Just bottled..

    Not sure how to describe taste.....but I dontike it!! My plan was to put it in garage and forget about it for a few months. May improve with time. I think most people have a couple of crates of homebrew projects that went wrong!!
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    Just bottled..

    Well.....just tried a bottle, and results were very surprising and very disappointing! Beautiful clarity, perfect carbonation...looked wonderful. However, a very strange after taste....almost bitter. Thinking about it....the taste is there in at least some batches of honey, but its masked by the...
  13. Stuart Wilson

    Just bottled..

    It had sat for a couple of weeks with absolutely no activity. Was a bit surprised it hadnt come right down......maybe something to do with honey?? Pure apple cider is usually at just below 1 by this time.
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    Just bottled..

    Honey and apple cider. OG 1.07, FG 1.05 so 95% attenuation and 8.9% alcohol!
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