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  1. Begbie

    Pump that wort

    Yes, that's something else I did that I think helps with my Klarstein's temperature stability - a jacket. Thanks for reminding me @JockyBrewer! Doc Anna inspired me to attempt creating my own jacket from a yoga mat. I'm very pleased with how it turned out - managed to correctly position and...
  2. Begbie

    Pump that wort

    I find that my mash temp is now much more stable using the pump to recirculate. The heating element only kicks in a couple of times during the one hour mash compared to several times without the pump. I also find that the wort is much clearer and, maybe its a coincidence, but I'm hitting my...
  3. Begbie

    Pump that wort

    Here's the post on the thread: https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/is-it-worth-it.104975/post-1277473
  4. Begbie

    Pump that wort

    This was discussed just last week. I provided details of the pump that I bought for my Klarstein Maischfest. Use the search function for the word 'Klarstein' and you'll see it.
  5. Begbie

    Is it worth it?

    Not sure about operating temperatures of the pump, but I've used it during 75degC mash outs with all my brews with no apparent detriment. I strip down the pump after each use too - there's not much to them. The silicone tubing that I bought says that it's good for up to 220degC. I don't use it...
  6. Begbie

    Is it worth it?

    No I don't have anything on the end. The flow is so low that tunneling has never happened. The flow from the pump without any restriction is so high that it risks draining the wort and scorching the kettle, hence why i bought the valve to restrict the flow. I suppose you could put something on...
  7. Begbie

    Is it worth it?

    This is the valve I bought. I can't find any photos of my set up but it's basically a short piece of tubing from the Klarstein tap to the pump, another short piece to the valve, then a long piece into the Klarstein.
  8. Begbie

    Is it worth it?

    Hi Stu, I used the jug method of recirculation too, until someone gave me amazon vouchers for my birthday and I used them to buy this pump. It doesn't come with a power supply but I just use a supply that came with an air pump that I have for blowing up a mattress. Then I just bought a length...
  9. Begbie

    Is it worth it?

    I've had my Klarstein Maischfest for 3 years now. I love it and won't buy anything else until it packs in. Even then, I might just buy another. Great value for money. The only addition I've made to it, is that I bought a magnetic pump a year or so ago to recirculate the wort. It really helped...
  10. Begbie

    What are you drinking 2024.

    Spotted this in asda last night. Not a brewery I've heard of before, so thought I'd give it a try. I should have read the label properly as I didn't realise it has lactose in it. That ain't gonna agree with me! Anyway, you got to take risks sometimes in the name of science. Aroma is straight...
  11. Begbie

    What did you brew today?

    Brewed a Vienna Lager on Friday using Vienna and Munich malts from the 50% Geterbrewed sale. Not had much luck with lagers in the past as they usually end up oxidised, so this could be the last time I brew a lager if it's another failure. As my previous successful lager was kegged, i decided...
  12. Begbie

    How many litres of home brew have you made 2024

    Split batch this time: 7L Weissbeer 7L Raspberry Weissbeer Total - 2,294 litres
  13. Begbie

    What are you drinking 2024.

    Thankfully no. Every other bar and restaurant here has it 😄. I noticed last night while out for dinner, that you can get Tiger 'Crystal' 🤔
  14. Begbie

    What are you drinking 2024.

    Just went to order a Duchess de Bourgogne and was informed that it's 2-4-1 Tuesday, so another Saison before the two Duchess' 😬. Definitely going to be messy. Here's the beer menu for anyone that's interested.
  15. Begbie

    What are you drinking 2024.

    On my own in Singapore for tonight, so taking advantage of not having any Carling/Tennents/Heineken drinkers with me and trying out a Belgian restaurant that I've had my eye on for a while. Saison Dupont on draught. Lovely. A few others on the draught beer menu that I'm probably going to...
  16. Begbie

    What are you drinking 2024.

    Found these at Lidl today. They must be relatively new as I've never noticed them before. Surprisingly, the BIPA tasted just like my own AG version. Happy with that! The Stag Do was really really tasty too. Defo buying these again.
  17. Begbie

    How many litres of home brew have you made 2024

    15L Cali Common. Second time brewing this, hopefully it will turn out as great as it did first time. Total - 330.5L
  18. Begbie

    Klarstein

    I tend to only do 15L or 16L batches, so the grain bill is usually around 3.5 to 5kg worth, which when saturated with wort, is light enough to raise a little and strain some wort before lifting fully to slide the ring into place. I don't find it an issue. If you're doing larger batches though, I...
  19. Begbie

    What did you brew today?

    I managed to squeeze in a brew day on Sunday. I reduced some times slightly and changed a couple of ways that I do things to try to keep the brew day shorter as I was on a tight schedule. Cali Common 3.15kg Pilsner malt 0.4kg Munich malt Hallertau Mittelfruh CML Kentucky 45 minute mash at...
  20. Begbie

    Secret Santa Reviews 2023

    Thanks to @Alastair70 from me too. Thoroughly enjoyed the beers I received and over the moon with the reviews of my own beer. Well done, much appreciated 👏
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