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  1. joel

    New zealand pilsner recipe

    I've made some Kiwi Pils (and drank a few in NZ) and most of them have been mostly pilsner malt with up to 10% carapils, they tend to be very light in colour. The hops you've chosen are good ones for the style but I'd use a bit more, maybe another ounce of late hops somewhere. Nelson Sauvin...
  2. joel

    Iodophor in homebrew

    It's quite a common brewing sanitiser in some parts of the world, lots of people used it in NZ when I lived there (it was quite easy and cheap to find as it's used lots in the dairy industry). It's even got health benefits at trace amounts because of the iodine in it. However, I remember people...
  3. joel

    New Forum member map. (3-1-2021)

    I'm now in Peterborough PE7, thanks Chippy.
  4. joel

    famous guitars

    Pretty sure it's Peter Green's Les Paul?
  5. joel

    Winexpert chilean Malbec question

    As this is a higher quality kit compared to the Cellar 7 I wouldn't mess with it, it should be good as per instructions, 13% is OK for a red and they will have balanced the acidity for the full volume. Theoretically that yeast could cope if you chose to make it short.
  6. joel

    Your favourite stout recipe?

    Depends which lab you buy from, it's usually called something like 'Irish Ale', it's Wyeast 1084 or WLP004 but the specific one I used was Imperial Darkness as it doesn't need a starter for lower strength beers.
  7. joel

    Your favourite stout recipe?

    I've done an AG Guinness Clone, close to Wheeler's recipe and it went down very well, a really good session beer and better than the real thing. Using the Guinness yeast strain was quite important though, it's got quite a distinct character. That said... I love any stout really and my current...
  8. joel

    Win a Kit of your Choice from LoveBrewing

    I'm in too, if I win I'll have a hard job choosing, they all look good!
  9. joel

    ****Fermentasaurus Mega Giveaway****

    Count me in, I'd love a gen 2 fermentasaurus kit. A conical with the ability to dump trub and harvest yeast would be a total game changer for me.
  10. joel

    Verdant IPA Yeast at Geterbrewed

    At least for a while after the exploding can issue Verdant switched to Lallemand New England, so unless Lallemand developed a new strain for them closer to their original London ale III house strain it could just be a re-branding exercise... Although the lower pitch rate required suggests at...
  11. joel


    The Iberital MC2 is pretty good and is really good for the relatively low price. Mine is doserless and is a bit messy and it has no calibration marks so changing bean type involves some guesswork. But the grind is pretty good, will do any espresso grind (but not coarser grinds for other methods)...
  12. joel


    I just got a Kitchenaid Artisan dual boiler (made for them by Gaggia I believe, it's basically a dual boiler Classic in a retro shell) after struggling along with a dying Ascaso Dream I won for £1 online for the last year, both with the Iberital MC2 grinder. I always get a good espresso out of...
  13. joel

    ENDED (Winner: Aaron Rennie) *GIVEAWAY #2* 1Kg of Hops! Draw 15th June

    Yes, love me some hops... count me in!
  14. joel

    Beaverdale Pinot Grigio

    Personally I don't associate Pinot Grigio with oak flavours, I think all the white kits get the same bits added to the box. When I made it I left it out and it came out really well, probably the best white kit I've made so far, certainly better than all the Tesco £5 bottles I've been served.
  15. joel

    Brewers Gold Crouch Vale

    Wibblers brewery also sell their yeast in their online shop, their strain is from Crouch Vale, should be pretty similar, but it needs a starter.
  16. joel

    Spring ale yeast

    Wai-iti is delicious but a bit delicate, needs a really neutral yeast to shine IMO. I'd say US05 for sure.
  17. joel

    Sauvignon blanc best kit out there

    The Atmosphere kit should be awesome, I've heard great things about it. In the future you might like to also try Beaverdale or California Connoisseur for white kits, all the ones I've done have stood up well to commercial wine although maybe a little generic, for example the sauvignon blanc is...
  18. joel

    * October Give Away * It's MASSIVE!

    Ooo yes please count me in!
  19. joel

    Best value hops for tropical juicy ipa

    El Dorado is an interesting NEIPA hop when blended with other hops, watermelon and candy are common descriptions. I liked it with Idaho 7 in a super hoppy wheat. Bravo is also an underrated hop. This article is interesting, suggests a blend of 70% Calypso and 30% Bravo as a good sub for Citra...
  20. joel

    New World Saison - why so malty?

    Old hops can simply lack flavour, or can taste cheesy or soapy, or like old cut grass. If it's old hops the flavour may improve after leaving it for a couple of months an the dry hop flavour will fade away. I had an infection last year where it took a while to develop but the first symptom was...