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  1. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    Pretty nice!
  2. Jim Brewster

    Curry...!!

    I ordered some fresh and used about 8 the curry but couldn't detect them, even when I ate them. The pack suggested using them in cocktails so they cant be very strong. I did a chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry this week as well, was perfect! Slightly overcooked the sweet potato but it...
  3. Jim Brewster

    What’s this cheeky chappy called?

    Barm cake Or a roll if I'm not in the northwest
  4. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    This isn't bad. I should learn to identify hops better, because they're there but I'm not sure exclactly which hops they are.
  5. Jim Brewster

    Favourite ‘convenient’ Meal

    A frozen pizza, 15 mins in oven Pot noodle if its urgent. Or just grill some sausages if I have any in the fridge, great with beer
  6. Jim Brewster

    Grain Kit - Help

    I would presume you have to hop at all 3 stages, one addition during the boil for bittering, one after boiling and then one dry hopping. You would mash the grains, usually an hour at 67C but there can be additional stages, sparse if required, then bring the wort to the boil, usually an hour...
  7. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    A nice Irish stout, one of the better ones from my Flavourly box roulette
  8. Jim Brewster

    24 beers for £24?

    Wasn't too keen on the second one, could be a bit hit and miss these but I quite like not knowing what to expect.
  9. Jim Brewster

    24 beers for £24?

    Mine arrived today, a day later than I was told but that's no bother. Tried one at random and its perfectly drinkable! quite nice actually. 10 different beers in total.
  10. Jim Brewster

    Brewery visits

    I did the Greene King brewery tour in Bury-st-Edmunds. Was pretty good, a mix of a bit of history of the city and the abbey, the brewery, and their brewing process and equipment which probably wouldn't be anything new to people on here. Also had a supposedly unlimited tasting session at the end...
  11. Jim Brewster

    Healthy drinking

    For me 4-5% is the sweet spot in terms of ABV, much less than that and it's pop. Above say 7 or 8% it feels more like having a glass of wine.
  12. Jim Brewster

    Rebottling

    Seems obvious now but no I didnt chill, literally decanted the 660 into each with a sanitised funnel and swirled the last dregs to put the yeast sediment into each bottle. I suppose it could be an opportunity to remove some of the sediment but may affect the carbonation. It's not too bad, less...
  13. Jim Brewster

    Rebottling

    I rebeottled the 660 into two 330s, the only difficulty being the head foaming, unsurprisingly. Going to open one of them later to see how it held up, if anything it seemed overcarbed so it might be ok
  14. Jim Brewster

    Healthy drinking

    My intake is kept down if I wait until a certain time of day, usually 6 or 7pm if I'm working from home. The first one or two are always the best but by the time I'm having the second I forget that. It helps that I dont enjoy the effects of alcohol after a few so don't enjoy being "drunk" as...
  15. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    I had a Berliner Weisse for the first time last week and found that as it went on I got used to the sourness. That was a mango though, rhubarb is quite sour itself so perhaps that's it
  16. Jim Brewster

    Rebottling

    For background, I brewed a few weeks back and with only having 500g of malt leftover I used a bag of DME to compensate (a mistake in hindsight) but since it was only a 1 gallon batch it ended up at like 7% abv. I did my usual assortment of different sized bottles, some 330 and some 500 and one...
  17. Jim Brewster

    Carlisle pubs?

    I don't know Carlisle at all but it doesn't strike me as somewhere that hipster bars would be in abundance. If you venture out of the town a little bit there has got to be some decent traditional type pubs surely?
  18. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    This is my... blond, maybe? Half pale malt, half DME. The numbers say it's nearly 7% but you wouldn't know it. Its alright, tastes a bit Belgian with being sweet and strong.
  19. Jim Brewster

    What are you drinking tonight 2020.

    I'm sitting outside and the beer is getting colder as I drink it, or feels like it is
  20. Jim Brewster

    24 beers for £24?

    Bank's is a decent drink, Tesco are also price matching Aldi at the 89p a bottle
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