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  1. chrisb8

    Stout Finished at 1.028?

    Hi all, I have a chocolate stout which has been in the fermenter for 18 days now. OG was 1.065, after 7 days SG was 1.030 and today it is 1.028. I am using the CML Beoir yeast and it's been at a steady 20 degrees C. The recipe included 200g lactose in the 16L batch and I was expecting a FG of...
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    Calculating additional gravity points when racking beer on to sloes

    For my next batch of ale I am planning on racking a few litres into a separate fv after a week onto the spent sloes from a sloe gin I bottled recently (they have been in the freezer since). The intention is to give some sloe gin flavour to the ale and is a bit of an experiment. I am assuming...
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    Mash tun insulation

    Hi all, I have a stainless steel mash tun which I usually wrap up with various items to keep the temperature as consistent as possible during the hour mash, however I'm losing about 2-3 degrees during that time and it's a bit hit and miss so I was thinking of creating something better. Has...
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    Which sort of capper should I ask santa for?

    So santa would like to know what I would like for Christmas and I really need a decent bottle capper. But I don't know whether to ask for a bench capper or a wing type one. So what is the general consensus as to which is best? Or is it just a case of personal choice? Or is either style good as...
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    Rice for brewing lager

    Hi all, I'm interested in trying a lager using some rice in the mash along with my usual pilsner malt. I understand that in order to mash rice it has to be pre-gelatinised and this is usually done through cooking it first. I have read though that 'easy cook' rice has already been par boiled to...
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    Low Alcohol Brewday

    I recently made my first attempt at a low alcohol beer and thought that it may be a good idea to write up the method that I used if it may be of help to others. This is of course a bit of an experiment and I will post updates as it goes along. The basis of my method was to use the second...
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    Cold steeping for low alcohol beer

    I am planning on having a go at making a low alcohol brew from the second runnings of another mash, so 2 brews for the price of one. I was planning on cold steeping some speciality grains to add to this to give more colour and flavour. However I don't want to add any more fermentables. This is...
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    Gravity Reading after Secondary Fermentation

    Hi all, I recently made a porter which finished at 1.022, a bit higher than expected but I did mash at quite a high temperature and the reading was steady for a week so I bottled it. My question is whether I can take a gravity reading from a bottle when I open it now a few weeks later because I...
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    Electric Water Heater/Kettle

    After a bad experience with our carbon monoxide alarm going off during my stove top brewing at the weekend despite having the patio doors and windows open, I have decided that I no longer want to brew indoors on our gas stove. So I am looking for an electric boiler to heat my strike and sparge...
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    Issue with Inkbird ITC308S - anyone else had this?

    I have an Inkbird ITC308S controlling my brewing fridge and have noticed a recurring annoying issue. It seems that the thermometer keeps reading inaccurate temperatures momentarily which causes the fridge to turn on unnecessarily. For example, if it is set to 20.0 deg with a differential of...
  11. chrisb8

    Good morning all...

    Hi, Chris from Kent here. I'm still reasonably new to home brewing having taken it up after being given a half size extract kit for christmas by my in-laws as a bit of a gimmicky present - I was totally hooked and inspired to take it up as a hobby. I am currently doing partial mash brewing and...
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