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    Saving yeast

    My first attempt at saving yeast. It's from a wheat beer using WB-06, all grain. I've seen photos of saving yeast but they all seem to have 3 layers, whereas mine has obviously got 2. It was a 12l batch and after racking into secondary fv, I just swirled around the trub at the bottom and dumped...
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    Straining hops

    My second attempt at all grain (?) brewing. I made a small batch, 10L, and added 25grms. of hops at the end of the boil. I placed a straining bag in the FV and poured the wort into it and it took ages to strain, in fact after about 15/20 mins. hardly anything filtered through. I bought two...
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    How to reduce alcohol content.

    Is it possible to reduce the alcohol content of my kit beer? It's a wilko Cervesa kit that I have tweaked and at the present time, after 13 days in the FV, it's about 5.2%. I was aiming for it to finish at about 4.5%ish. The FV has 21 litres in it. Is it possible just to add water? Any views on...
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    Safbrew T-58 yeast

    Anyone of you master brewers tried this yeast? If so any comments would be most welcome.
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    Coopers Fermenter Snap Tap

    Hello Chaps, anyone know the cheapest place to buy this? Found it online but the postage is dearer than the tap :?
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    Right, I've got : 2 cans Wilkos Velvet Stout 1 x Coopers Wheat 1.5 (liquid malt only) 600g frozen blackberries Loads of Crushed, Chocolate,Wheat,Flaked Barley and Crystal Black Treacle Any suggestions, not rude ones thank you very much,on what I can make using the above? Looking for something...
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    Using different dried yeast together

    This may be a bit too late to ask as I intend brewing this afternoon, but here goes. I'm getting a Geordie Bitter on the go later, and the supplied yeast is a 7g packet. I have various packs of yeast left over from other kits (I only brew kits) because I used a different yeast. It seems a shame...
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    Wilkos Velvet Stout temperature........

    Made this up a few weeks ago. Tweaked it a bit so the SG was 1.060 but the problem I have is my STC controller packed up in my brew box and the temperature has now dropped to around 10c/12c, been like this for a week now. At the moment the gravity is at 1.014. I have fermented this at 20c and...
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    Best aroma hops to use

    Been home brewing, mainly kits, for a while now and I'd like to experiment with hops that add aroma only. I don't like my beer too bitter. Any views on what hops I can use? What do they smell like? When to add them? I mainly brew bitters and stouts Thanks chaps
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    Safbrew T- 58

    Anyone used this yeast? I want to brew something similar to a belgian beer but fermenting in the higher temperature. I have been brewing Saison beers (25c to 30c) but fancy trying something different. Any thoughts chaps? :|
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    Safbrew T- 58

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    Bottle Bombs!

    Made a Wherry in December last year and started on it in March this year.Tasted quite bitter and harsh so I thought I would leave it for a while. I had forgotten all about until last week when I heard a loud pop in the garage and beer on the floor with a bottle with the bottom blown off. I...
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    Conditioning Lager

    I recently made a Wilkos Delicate Pilsner. I have made this twice before, tweaking the recipe and after secondary fermentation, storing it in my fridge. I was speaking to another home brewer the other day and he said he finds it conditions better if left out of the fridge. Any ideas on this...
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    Finlandia kits

    Anyone tried the Finlandia kits? Ive seen the Winter Brew in the review forum, but that's the only one. Drinking: 2 x Wherries 4.5% + 6.0% Coopers Stout Coopers Wheat 4 different Seasons Conditioning: Milestone Shine On Abdij,Grand Cru,Oud Vlaams,Triple,Diablo Wilkos Real...
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    Porter Kit, any recommendations?

    Afternoon Chaps, As the title says, any Porter drinkers recommend a decent kit? Preferably with some tasting notes. :!:
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    Whats a good bitter yeast?

    Right, Iv'e been brewing for a year now (kits only) with excellent results, and fancy trying a different yeast to change the flavour of my bitters. Any advice on what ale yeasts have different flavours? :hmm:
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    Split in Pressure Barrel

    Hi Chaps, I managed to get hold of a load of second hand brewing stuff including two PBs, both the old Boots type with the wide neck. Before I used the barrels I checked for leaks and they were both ok. Well you can guess what happened next, one of them developed a small split about 6 inches...
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    Spray/Liquid malt, the difference?

    Whats the difference between Dried Spray malt and Liquid Malt? Does it work out the same weight? ie: 1.5kg Dried is the same as Liquid? I made a Wilkos Delicate Pilsner earlier in the year using one kit tin (1.5kg) 3 x 500g Light Dried Spray Malt + S-23 Yeast. Came out really nice. That...
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    Milestone Shine On, cloudy.

    Afternoon Chaps, Just started drinking the above. Added 500g Light Spraymalt, yeast nutrient, bottled water. Brewed to 23L. Came out about 5%. Kegged. The beer is slightly cloudy from the keg, carbonated just right, no off smells and tastes blooming lovely. I also bottled 4x500ml and these...
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    Wilkos Stout Stuck at 1.018

    Evening Chaps, Right, I put on a Wilkos Velvet Stout on 10/10/14 using: 500g Medium Spray Malt 400g Crushed Chocolate Malt 100g Crushed Wheat Malt , all simmered in a muslin bag for 30mins. 1 Tin of Stout 450g Black Treacle 300g Lactose Powder, mixed with warm water and added to the FV with...