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  1. Ben034

    Malt extract - Holland and Barrett 25% off and free delivery

    25% off with free delivery. Good price for liquid malt extract for starters. Just ordered nearly 1kg for £4.78.
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    Wanted - Carbonation Caps

    Hi, I'm looking for some carbonation caps (plastic or stainless steel) if anyone has some surplus to requirements? Just wanted to check before I order from ebay (£17 for 3) or China which will take ages! Thanks
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    Maple and Blueberry Stout

    Had some leftover ingredients from a stout and decided to go a bit left field for me and brew a maple and blueberry stout. With it being pancake Tuesday I based it on a beer I've never tried - Sugatuck Blueberry Stout. "A rich, sweet stout with classic malt characteristics with a bold, unique...
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    Adnams Ghost Ship 5l mini kegs

    Adnams Ghost Ship 5l minikegs for £13 delivered on Amazon. Seems like a decent price and it's the kegs that can be easily reused (red bung on top).
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    Mangrove Jack's Chitosan finings

    Just wondered if anyone has tried the Mangrove Jack's Chitosan finings? I Currently use gelatine finings when I want a light beer to clear quickly. Works well but I read the benefit of these are they work well at ale temps (instead of chilling beer post fermentation and adding gelatine). They...
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    Ispindel for sale

    I have an Ispindel for sale which I bought pre made from a member on Jim's. Not used much as found all the calibration tricky and wasn't ideal in my steel fermenter. £20 + postage.
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    2l "mini keg" with PET bottles

    Hi, I just wondered whether anyone has tried someting like this for dispensing small amounts of beer? I was thinking of this but perhaps with a 16g C02 type bulb and mini regulator. I currently bottle and mainly have no issues with this. However, I can see this being useful for lagers /...
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    Crossmyloof "Hell" Lager Yeast - opinions

    Has anyone had a go with the relatively new Crossmyloof Hell lager yeast? I need a new house lager strain after my WLP830 has been reused 7 times. I was considering just going for the same again or something like Wyeast Munich Lager 2308 but thought if the Hell is decent, cheap and with the...
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    Dark Belgian Candi Sugar - Maltmiller

    Got a Belgian dubbel on to brew today. Not a style I've gone for before and I used 150g dark Belgian Candi sugar from Maltmiller with a 3kg base of pilsner malt. This was for a 10l batch. Brewday was smooth enough but the colour of the wort was much lighter than I expected. At first I thought...
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    Fuller's yeast (WlP002) - final gravity

    I recently harvested some yeast from a bottle of Fuller's Bengal Lancer for a clone attempt of the beer. Beersmith predicted an FG of 1013 (OG 1055). This was with a mash temperature of 64c (lower than I would usually mash as beersmith predicted FG of 1015 with mash temp of 66c). So 84%...
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    Fuller's yeast (WlP002) - phelonic?

    I have cultured some yeast from a bottle of Bengal Lancer (I understand supposedly equivalent to the WLP0002 strain). All has gone well in terms of yeast growth. Im brewing with it today and had a little taste of the starter just to check as I always do. It's quite strongly phelonic / clove like...
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    Water profile - London Pride

    Looking for some advice on a water profile for London Pride. I have cultured up some yeast from a bottle of Bengal Lancer for the first time and thought the Graham Wheeler clone would be a good use for it. My plan for the water so far: Ca- 138 Cl - 85 SO4 - 168 Alk - 35 This is based on...
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    Brewferm kettles

    Hi, Does anyone have experience of these Brewferm kettles? I currently BIAB in a 19l pot on an induction hob. The pot and has served me well over he last 5 years but is a little small for the 10/12l I like to brew as I have to complete a "mini sparge." It's not the end of the world but I would...
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    7c's Hop - anyone tried?

    Hi, Has anyone tried the Falconers 7C's hop blend (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Columbus, and Crystal)? I'm waiting for a Maltmiller delivery but decided I want to brew an american IPA this weekend and the hop selection at the homebrew shop is limited. Was thinking the...
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    German Pils - water profile

    I'm planning to brew a German Pils this weekend. Any thoughts on most suitable water profile? I'm planning on using ashbeck (my alkilinity is high) and adding a small amount of gypsum and calcium chloride to end up with the following: Ca+2: 44.5 Mg+2: 2.5 Na+: 10.0 Cl- :38.8 SO4-2: 56.5 Would...
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    Yorkshire Bitter

    I'm planning a Yorkshire Bitter for the weekend (something along the lines of Black Sheep Ale) and wonder if anyone had any tips, especially on water profile? I'll be trying a Yorkshire ale yeast for the first time. I'm thinking of aiming for 2:1 sulphate to chloride? Any tips? Thanks!
  17. Ben034

    Beersmith 3

    I hear Beersmith 3 will be out shortly - Sounds interesting and some worthwhile reasons for an upgrade.
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    Wlp830 - quick fermentation

    Hi, I used WLP30 German lager yeast last week for a Munich Helles type beer. It has been at 10c for 5 days and is already down from 1045 to 1014 which I was surprised with. I've never used a true lager yeast strain before so just wondered what people's thoughts were? This is the speed I would...
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    Hi, is anyone using Brewbrite? Maltmiller are selling this and wondered whether it was worth a go to speed up clarity in bottles, especially with heavily hopped type beers? Was thinking of giving gelatin a go with the cold...
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    Peach wheat beer?

    Looking for thoughts on a "kitchen cupboard" brew. I usually buy just enough ingredients for each brew but as maltmiller haven't sorted out their recipe builder i've bought a few bags of grain for a pale ale and kolsh and have some ingredients leftover. I brew 9 litre batches so need about...