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  1. Derek Smalls

    When to add citra hops???

    I’ve certainly drunk a few of those in my time, most of them commercially produced!
  2. Derek Smalls

    When to add citra hops???

    BTW, I’d have been tempted to go with the Citra, as you’re a fan of the flavour. Nothing wrong with a bit of bespoke experimenting; that’s why we do this hobby, isn’t it? Using only 10-15 gms dry hopped in 20 or so litres is just going to add a tinge of the taste.
  3. Derek Smalls

    When to add citra hops???

    If it was me, I’d add the hops, leave for 3 days, then chill as much as possible for 3 days, then bottle. It is said that if you leave the hops in for more than 7 days, you risk getting a “grassy” flavour, but I wouldn’t leave it that long if you’re still in the primary fermenter; apparently the...
  4. Derek Smalls

    Starting all grain brewing after 45 years rest. Aiming for a Hophead style ale.

    Does the AntiFoam affect the final in-glass brew? I mean, do you still get a decent head? Or do you need extra carbonation?
  5. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Quote 3. Discolouring This may be caused by oxidizing of iron in tap water. It can be removed by the following steps: a) Cut a lemon into four, wrap the lemon in cloth and place in the water tank. b) Pour water up to the “MAX” water level indicator. c) Boil the water and make sure the mixture...
  6. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Hi Andrew. Funnily enough I just got around to cleaning the boiler after leaving it to soak for a few days, and the scorched-on gunk came off without too much difficulty. It looked a lot worse than it actually was. But I did notice there was a blockage around the pump, and that turned out to be...
  7. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    I did a brew on Wednesday and, whilst it seemed to be going smoothly for 30 mins or so, the sparge plate then clogged up. I cleared it, then completed re-circulation with the splash guard in place. It seems I haven’t widened the slots enough. As yet.... On another subject, for the last few...
  8. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Where do you live, Andrew? I’m in London (usually one of the warmest places in the UK), and we’re forecast to have sub-22 deg C temperatures until Sunday. Hence my brew just done. Fermentation takes place in the spare (North facing) bedroom with the door and blinds closed. If the room’s temp...
  9. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    With the same weight of grain, water volumes, mashing time, temperatures and boil, I got 1.052 last time. However the make-up of my grain bill was slightly different, with some of it from a different supplier, so that might explain the difference. Not a huge fall, by any means, but worth noting...
  10. Derek Smalls

    Starting all grain brewing after 45 years rest. Aiming for a Hophead style ale.

    6kg of grain is far too much. Go for 4.5 kg to 5.0 kg max. Even then you’re likely to get 5.0% to 5.5%. I have the Bulldog too. Whatever grain bill you decide on, multiply the kg by 4 to get your water vol. Thus 4.5 kg of grain means 18 litres of water in the Bulldog. After that, sparge up to...
  11. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    After doughing in, I vorlaufed about 6 litres, inserted the sparge plate, then placed the splatter guard on top of the malt pipe. After 20 minutes of recirculating this is what it looked like: I had sprinklered the R-T tubing around somewhat in order to spread the debris, and the wort was...
  12. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    My splatter guard has arrived. Here it is: Fits nicely, and it’s a pretty fine mesh. I will let you know how it goes in operation. It looks like there might be a temperature window starting on Sunday, so I may go for it then. If anyone else is interested, it’s a 29 cms Splatter Screen from...
  13. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    As mentioned earlier in the thread, I have not used the bazooka since the first brew. I have only got a clogged pump once in the 9 subsequent brews, which was when I used whole hops commando. I was asking for trouble, wasn’t I?
  14. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    I was a bit dubious about crowbarring my way around the sparge plate, in case I damage it irreparably. But if you’ve had success doing it, I might take a leap at it. Yesterday, acting on Andrew’s idea, I ordered a 29 cms splatter guard (with a centre, fold-down handle). It should rest happily...
  15. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Yes, Andrew. A splatter guard would probably work. Or a fine mesh strainer, and either would probably cost less than a second sparge plate.
  16. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Here’s the colander sparge (reconstructed). Definitely not ideal, but at least I didn’t have to stand there waggling the tube around!
  17. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Hi Andrew 1. I brewed up a new batch yesterday. I didn’t do the Vorlaufing, as I concluded that recirculation basically does the same job. I started the recirc as soon as I’d finished doughing in but, to distribute the wort more evenly, I used an improvised homemade sparge plate - a kitchen...
  18. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Many thanks, Mr. Brews. Some great tips & info there. Yes, I've tried to keep shifting the re-circ around the grain bed to avoid "holes" too. Kind of like trying wet all the urinal while having a p**s.
  19. Derek Smalls

    Bulldog Master Brewer

    Hi Guys I too have the Bulldog MB, and have done 8 brews with it since its arrival last October. I’ve got a couple a questions for you. 1) Do you use the bayonet filter? I used it for the first batch, but it clogged up badly during transfer to the FV. Then I watched a YouTube video in which...
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