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  1. Cwrw666

    Degassing beads

    Been making country wines for something like 40 years and never degassed a single one of them. Started making kit wines, Beverdale and Cali Conoiseur for the last year. The instructions all say degass, but I never bothered and they're all fine to drink from bottling time. So why bother. Just...
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    Non temp control on "warm" ferment beers...

    Except in unusually warm weather I always brew in our airing cupboard. Got a couple in there now - an 1864 Lovibond XB pale ale (Pattinson), just finishing off and a 1909 Maclays 63/- oatmeal stout (Durden park) just started. Temperature control - well the door is about 9 inches open and it's...
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    Why are hydrometer so small?

    Used to live in Alton - remember the old Phoenix brewery depot. Left there in 1987.
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    Why are hydrometer so small?

    You don't need a hydrometer to brew beer as a thousand years of brewing history will confirm. All I use mine for is to give me a rough idea of %ABV but TBH I'll drink the same amount whether it's 4% or 7%.
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    Covid-19 the second wave.

    Me and the Mrs had to drive down to Haverfordwest on Tuesday for the drive through test. Day 3 today and still waiting for the results. Have to say I could have done without the 40 mile round trip - totally wiped me out. Only got some of the symptoms but the Mrs is a care worker - started...
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    Why are hydrometer so small?

    You can get them but they seem to cost a fortune.
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    Why are hydrometer so small?

    I always just drop my hydrometer in my FV but have to say if it wasn't for the coloured bands on the scale I wouldn't have a clue what it reads. Bless my varifocals - equally blind and distorted vision at all ranges...
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    Wild hops

    I'll second that. Use something like EKG for bittering hops and a goodly amount of your wild hops as a flameout addition. That way you'll get a good idea of their flavour and the exact AA levels won't matter. Personally I'd just use pale malt. Basically a smash but with wild hops at the end.
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    Retiring on £40K, where in the UK would you want to live?

    Not where I live but there again I'm 3 miles from the nearest village - Crymych (don't go if you don't like worthington creamflow...) There are some decent pubs around but you do have to drive, which is ok as I don't drink that much, except at home of course. My `local' is Tafarn Sinc which is a...
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    Retiring on £40K, where in the UK would you want to live?

    I'm in North Pembs. Me & Mrs Cwrw are both English and get on fine with the locals who are all Welsh speaking. Actually the Mrs has learned to speak Welsh good enough so that she can use it at work (she's a domicilliary care worker). Both our kids are totally fluent too as they went through the...
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    Error: out of beer at line 10

    Cool, a 21st century answer to the piece of paper and a pencil. But does it allow you to cover the blank spaces with doodles at the same time?
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    I froze all my hops fresh for a couple of years. Just chuck em in the wort frozen. Worked ok but I prefer the flavour of dried hops.
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    Dinner or Tea? [poll]

    We call the noon-time meal lunch and the 5 o'clock meal tea irrespective of what we're eating. There again, lunch is often the first meal of the day so technically it's actually breakfast (the only meal of the day it's impossible to skip!) I was brought up with breakfast, dinner, tea and supper...
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    Camden tabs and hedgerow wines

    The standard recipe I've been using for around 40 years is - 3-4Lb of fruit per gallon, pour on boiling water, let it stand for a week (by which time it's fizzing away anyway) then strain, add sugar and a wine yeast. that's it. Had some jolly fine wines using this method. Favourites have been...
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    Brew builder

    I use Whatsapp for my immediate family. Facebook more for keeping in touch with more distant friends and also I run 3 groups on there where I post photos of relevant stuff to keep followers in touch with anything that's happening. They're all to do with local folky things that are going on. So...
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    Fermentation stoped? Help please

    Fermentation can be finished as little as 3 days, but more normally a week. And occasionally several weeks - I had one kit that took 5 weeks. But still leave your brew alone for about a week - this helps it to be definitely finished plus the beer will have begun clearing so you'll end up with...
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    Brew builder

    Not my experience. But there again all my facebook `friends' are in fact all people that I actually know.
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    Birmingham stabbings: One dead as police hunt suspect

    I believe someone has been arrested now.
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    The 'Osprey tries to set up to brew in a garage' thread

    Why not just switch off everything, do your brew, then switch them all back on again? Of course if you forgot the latter then it could be a bit of a disaster assuming the freezer is for food.
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    Is it infected?

    That's just yeast by the look of it. That can happen if you use too much protofloc or similar. Or Irish moss. The sour smell is probably just CO2.