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  1. Agentgonzo

    Can you guess what went wrong?

    That's a good point. There was a post recently where someone had used what they thought was a no-rinse sanitiser, but in fact wasn't, and oxidised the beer straight away. What is your cleaning/sanitising regime Buffers?
  2. Agentgonzo

    Can you guess what went wrong?

    Will ascorbic acid survive the boil ? Something in the back if my mind is telling me that vitamin c (ascorbic acid) is destroyed by cooking (eg, boiling). I add my ascorbic acid at the end of fermentation (rightly or wrongly)
  3. Agentgonzo

    Can you guess what went wrong?

    Agreed. Especially with Neipa, it only takes a tiny amount of oxygen to affect it. There is "very little headspace" in a standard bottle but still oxidises a NEIPA a lot. The smart money is on the happening in your barrel. I've not known infection affect the colour of the beer like you mention...
  4. Agentgonzo

    Reducing trub when using a hop spider

    Is it possible to turn this into an advantage, and drain off the sludge first (and discard it) then continue with the rest of the wort?
  5. Agentgonzo

    Can you guess what went wrong?

    Agree will RoomWithABrew. Most obviously culprit is oxygen in the barrel.
  6. Agentgonzo

    Reducing trub when using a hop spider

    Same as Baron. I let it settle for 15m at the end of the boil. Then pump off the clear wort from above the settled trub. I pump via a CFC chiller and so all cold break makes it into the fermenter. You get losses at all stages of the brewery... It's a fact if life and it'll drive you mad trying...
  7. Agentgonzo

    Mash hopping ? is it worth it

    Unless you include the placebo effect, then homeopathy is a good counterexample to your theory
  8. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    I had this discussion with my wife (who is a microbiologist) recently. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There's nothing inherently unsafe about defrosting/freezing. But with things like fresh fruit, the freezing with burst cells and make them go mushy. The second round of thaw/freeze makes them...
  9. Agentgonzo

    What did you brew today?

    Primary use for car washes and window cleaners as far as I can tell
  10. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    Interesting. I'll admit that I know some biology/biochemistry, but also know where the limit of my knowledge is. I trust people (scientists, not random people down the pub!) when they say freezing causes the water inside the cell to expand (I know this from my own experience) which ruptures the...
  11. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    Interesting. I've always heard that freezing them ruptures the cell walls and kills them. I wonder why people resort to freezing them in glycol then 🤷‍♂️
  12. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    Doesn't that kill the yeast?
  13. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    An interesting idea. The yeast 'hitting the ground running' will definitely be better than it having to wake up (also 'healthier') and why krausening works at the commercial level (because you always have fresh and actively fermenting yeast to hand). It could risk you having too much yeast in...
  14. Agentgonzo

    Using CO2 in bottling from a bucket fermenter

    How would you go about saving it? If left alone it'll just ferment like the rest of the batch in the main fermenter. I suppose you could put it in the fridge to slow down fermentation, but that may have adverse effects on the yeast. It'd be tricky to get the dosage right too I expect. I...
  15. Agentgonzo

    Older Stock.

    I have the last couple of 9% Belgian ales still tasting delicious after 2.5 years
  16. Agentgonzo

    Bizarre experience: mash turns to milk

    Did you notice it looking any different when you mashed in?
  17. Agentgonzo

    How many litres of home brew have you made 2024

    23L of saison Total 742L
  18. Agentgonzo

    Bizarre experience: mash turns to milk

    No worries. I didn't explain it very clearly 👍
  19. Agentgonzo

    Bizarre experience: mash turns to milk

    Yeah. But it depends how it was prepared. If (if) TMM gets 25kg sacks of pre crushed malt, then there is a likelihood that it'll settle a bit in the bag (think if how the cornflake packet has the small dust particles at the bottom). If they happened to get your 3kg from the bottom of a 25kg...
  20. Agentgonzo

    Im all a quiver with excitement - BZ gen 4 delivered

    Technically you are correct, but I'd say "it's within tolerances and the margin of error", but at this point we're probably arguing semantics so let's leave it there. I've been brewing today and just checked the graphs from the grainfather. Target temp was set at 66°. The max temp it got to was...
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