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  1. RichK

    House Bitter - development

    Attempt 1 Since moving to "lower" ABV brewing, I've wanted to start working on a 'house' bitter. Something I've always got a few bottles of, in the back of the cupboard. Now, I do like TT Landlord and my previous attempts ("Ptolemy Tylers Innkeeper") have come out very well, but just too...
  2. RichK

    Lower ABV brews

    For reasons not relevant/important right now, I want/need to try a couple of brews with reduced ABV. My target being something I can claim to be "half strength", so about 3% max is the aim So, I'll probably start with something simple such as a vaguely Banks Mild clone but still cut it down a...
  3. RichK

    Use it Up brew

    Following comments about the freezer being littered with half used packs of hops, today is a use it up brew. 3.2 Maris Otter 250 flaked barley 250 medium crystal 250 lager malt Start 15g fuggles 8g Admiral Middle 25g Golding Whirlfloc End 25g Willamette Wilko yeast. 18l brew with target og...
  4. RichK

    Burnt flavour

    Been doing AG BIAB for a few months now. My one regular issue is that I'm regularly getting a burnt flavour in my brews. These are typically bitters/ipas, mostly maris otter with small addition of flaked barley, crystal & maybe a hint of black barley. But it's occurring with different...
  5. RichK

    Second turbo cider

    About as simple as it gets. 10 litres Aldi apple juice. Bottle of Lowicz raspberry. Teaspoon of tannin, half of yeast nutrient & pack of CML cider yeast then into the brew fridge for as long as it takes. Carbonate with a litre of apple juice, add a few spoons of canderel and wait a couple of...
  6. RichK

    Priming with apple juice

    I'm just preparing for my first attempt at a turbo cider & have decided to prime with apple juice rather than sugar. The question is how much to use? I'm starting with 11 litres of AJ (9.3g / 100ml sugars). Will probably use that same AJ for priming, so total volume is 11 litres plus...
  7. RichK

    All-grain beckons...

    Over the week-end, I've tried my first bottle of homebrew made without the use of a kit. It is a partial mash (half grain & half LME) vaguely aimed at the style of TT Landlord. As it's turned out so well (though I say so myself), I've decided to take the plunge & go all-grain in the new year...
  8. RichK

    LHBS - how far do you go?

    How far do people travel to get to their "L"HBS. At the moment, I have one ten minutes drive away. Super shop, great range of stock. Very good with advice, ideas & suggestions etc. Unfortunately, their business is up for sale (time to retire). Next nearest is a two hour round trip which is...
  9. RichK

    First AG is go... :)

    My first attempt at an all grain brew BIAB is now up & running. Just ~12L litres of a simple stout. Maris Otter, flaked barley, roasted barley, an ounce of hops (half Admiral, half Bramling Cross as that's what I had) grain steeped for a couple of hours then boiled for half an hour with the...
  10. RichK

    Filtering wort into FV?

    Today, I've done my second partial mash brew. At the last moment, when transferring the boiled/cooled wort from my stock pot to FV, I decided to put the (now cleaned) BIAB mash bag into a sieve & filter the wort through it. The hops were in muslin bags in the boil so are not an issue. It took...
  11. RichK

    My first (partial) mash

    At the week-end, I've had a go at my first partial mash. Using BIAB method (for simplicity & cleaning up). 1.5 kg Maris Otter (pre-crushed). Steeped for about 3 hours (started at about 70 C) in about 5L of water. Rinsed through well with hot water up to about 10L total before 45 minute boil...
  12. RichK

    Budget Grain Mill?

    I'm about to give a partial mash brew a go. The intention is to take & tweak a one can kit but this time mash a couple of kg of pale malt(?) instead of sugar/dme/lme I'd normally use. Is there any budget grain mills available that are actually any use. I'm not doing big quantities (couple...
  13. RichK

    Number four

    My fourth brew is now on the go, a straight forward Coopers IPA Brew A. By mistake I've ended up with mixed DME (one light & one medium) but have just thought "whatever" & gone for it. Made up to about 20L. OG is reading 1048 so should come out at about the ABV I'm after. Even though it...
  14. RichK

    Time to visit my lhbs?

    Have started this malarkey after my son bought me a Wilko kit for Christmas. Despite the first attempt being hopeless (but drinkable) the second was good enough to tempt me into buying the small amount of kit needed for simple kit brewing. Tasted good but was too flat (so, not enough priming)...
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