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  1. Hopperty

    Covid-19 the second wave.

    Both very plausible explanations. I'm thinking the increased rates of infection with not so many serious cases may well be down to the more vulnerable keeping well out of the way and infection rates high in younger fitter people who are not being careful but who can handle it better. I don't...
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    Spraymalts

    As for mixing the spraymalt; I used a large pan of luke warm water, sprinkled the spraymalt in gently whilst continually mixing with the electric food mixer, there was zero clumping. The only clumping I did get was after the boiling water and contents of the can were in the FV, I poured the...
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    Spraymalts

    so if I was to use 1kg of spray malt instead of 1kg of sugar - would I need to add 333g of sugar to bring it up to the same ABV ?
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    Spraymalts

    what would be the difference in using a light or a dark spraymalt in a 1 Can stout kit. ? if the instructions say add 1KG sugar, can I just add 1KG spraymalt instead - or would I need a different quantity? How long does Spraymalt keep when the bag has been opened ? And what is the best way to...
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    Brewing Sugar

    yes that did help - Thankyou. I believe there is a difference in taste between cheap white granulated and the brewing sugars, can't quite explain the difference but I prefer the later - hence just buying 5kg of the stuff. Does seem stupidly expensive though (I guess its the postage)
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    Disaster

    I'm not understanding this, do you mean the glass you are drinking from and that the taste changes before you finish the glass? so is it the beer at the top part of the bottle that has a strange taste?
  7. Hopperty

    Brewing Sugar

    Thanks for the reply But when it comes to brewing beer what is the difference between Brewing Sugar, Dextrose, Spray Malt
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    Brewing Sugar

    Brewing Sugar, Dextrose, Spray Malt - are these all the same things ? Can any of these be bought at super markets etc or are they normally only available through brewing suppliers ? how long does it keep and how do you keep it ? 5kg would last me a year - is that too long / would this be...
  9. Hopperty

    Failed Brew

    or at least semi failed Firstly, this was my 12th brew and I pretty much done what I hav done with all the others, FV temp was set at 20-21c for the duration. This was a kit can, and the first time I have used a St Peters Stout. For reason that I don't understand, and the butt of my question...
  10. Hopperty

    How am I (accidentally) making low alcohol beer?

    always give it a good shake out, and unexpected readings double and treble checked. Just checked one I am drinking tonight (4 or 5 weeks in bottle) and still 1020. And the fact it is not having the usual effect also confirms it is seriously lacking in alcohol. Still a lovely drink though.
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    How am I (accidentally) making low alcohol beer?

    I have just made a low alcohol one, for reason I don't understand it died at 1020 (SG1041), left it an extra week in the FV, lifted temp a couple of degree (19 to 21) agitated it a bit. But no it had died at 1020. so by my reckoning 2.75 alc by volume. (st peters stout kit, supposed to brew...
  12. Hopperty

    How to add Golden Syrup

    So it will mix in quite easily, I was a bit concerned it may just stay as a big sticky lump in the FV Wondered if I should boil some up in a pan of water before adding. ha ha, I was told by someone it would enrich the stout I am doing? so will it just have the same effect as adding more sugar?
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    Wood burners

    What annoys me about this is: The legislation is being produced to stop yuppies in the likes of London polluting their own streets by burning unseasoned wood in the wood burning stoves they bought so as they could pretend to their friends at dinner parties that they were somehow saving the...
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    How to add Golden Syrup

    Wanting to add some golden syrup to a kit, do I just por it in along with the contents of the can, and will it mix in ok. Or do I mix it with water in a pan on the stove to make sure it is more fully liquefied ?
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    Can opener

    I too have had problems getting into the Kit-Cans, and I seen this a few days ago https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/russell-hobbs-stainless-steel-can-opener-345071 It looked the job so I bought it, (£2.95 is not too much to risk) Just fantastic, have tried it on an old Kit-Can (that I kept to...
  16. Hopperty

    Harry and Megan.

    Lead astray by a beautiful woman, it will be all over in a year or two and he will be back. In the same way they have been banging on about climate change whilst private jetting it all over the world. They are now so fed up of being in the public eye here, they are heading out to the states to...
  17. Hopperty

    Cleaning large numbers of bottles...

    they get a fair blast but not enough to get the bottles airbourne - :D
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    Cleaning large numbers of bottles...

    Curious as to your thoughts on the following. All my bottles are washed soon after use and then stored full of a very mild bleach ( 12-15 ppm sodium hypochlorite) with a (well cleaned) old top pushed back on. Then on day of bottling, I drain the bottles and put 6 at a time on the following...
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    Can yeast over heat itself

    It is temp controlled for heat, and up until now I have never had this problem of it generating too much of its own heat, may be I will have to consider a temp controlled cooling fan. As for this brew, I have removed the box and just draped a coat over the top for tonight and it is starting to...
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    Can yeast over heat itself

    this is my first brew using a beerkit-enhancer, and it seems to have taken off pretty rapidly and is generating a lot of its own heat. Could it warm itself to a point where the yeast kills itself - or would it be self limiting ? Just to set the scene; I brew in the garage and it is fairly...
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