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  1. Cptn_Needa

    Is there enough yeast in the Crisp lager AG kit from GEB?

    I'm 7 days in to fermentation of my 9th AG brew and it's the Crisp German Pilsner kit from Get Er Brewed (my first time doing a lager). OG was 1.043 and it's currently at 1.027 (FV @ 13C). The kit was supplied with one 11g packet of Lallemand Diamond Lager yeast. Is this likely to be enough to...
  2. Cptn_Needa

    Young's American IPA advice

    I've been brewing for quite a few years and took the plunge in to all grain last summer. Having found myself short of time for a new day in December I opted to go for a quick kit to see me through and went for Young's American IPA. It's been 10 days in the FV today and it's cloudy like orange...
  3. Cptn_Needa

    Analogue thermometer calibration adjustment

    Hi Hoping for a bit of advice on adjusting analogue thermometer readings following a 0 - 100 deg C reading check. Checked my thermometer the other day and the ice test read as zero but the boiling test read as 104 deg C. While I imagine that the error of the reading is not quite a linear scale...
  4. Cptn_Needa

    Irish Stout from GEB planned - any advice welcome

    Afternoon all, hope everyone is well I've ordered (and received) an Irish Stout AG kit from Get Er Brewed and plan to have the brew day next Saturday (5th Sept). I've never done a Stout before (if you ignore the Coopers extract kit I did years ago and ruined with a whole tin of black treacle...
  5. Cptn_Needa

    Waggle Dance(ish) recipe and want to hit a sweeter FG

    This will be BIAB AG#3 for me and I thought I'd try a sort of Waggle Dance style brew as it's one of my wife's favourites (hoping to buy a few brownie points to allow AG#4 to go ahead 😉) It's based on a British Ale style with some tweaks that I found on various Waggle Dance recipes. 4kg Maris...
  6. Cptn_Needa

    What is that smell?

    I've just dry hopped my second ever AG brew (have done plenty of kits over the years) and noticed a spectacular whiff when I opened the FV to check the SG hadn't moved over two days and add hops. I'm not great at identifying aromas but my wife (who is sometimes better) said it smelled like...
  7. Cptn_Needa

    Down the rabbit hole

    I've been brewing kits on and off for 20 years (mostly off to be fair) but just took my first steps down the road of AG brews. I picked up a 36l stock pot and a BIAB, ordered some ingredients and with some excellent help from this forum, got stuck in. The first results came in last night and I...
  8. Cptn_Needa

    Very first AG brew happening tomorrow - totally stoked for this

    Hi everyone Tomorrow I'm embarking on a whole new homebrew journey; my very first AG brew. It's going to be a BIAB using the first of the recipes on this page. A huge thanks to everyone who shares their knowledge and experience on this forum. I've been reading and digesting intensely. I just...
  9. Cptn_Needa

    Coopers Irish stout flavour balancing

    Hi all While my American IPA is conditioning I thought I'd try a Cooper's Irish stout. I took the kit malt and added 1kg of medium spray malt and 500g of black treacle (saw a few others had done similar). It had an OG of 1055 so I'm hoping for around the 5% mark when she's done (currently...
  10. Cptn_Needa

    FG a little high?

    Hi happy brewers Was hoping for a bit of advice on a Young's American IPA that seems to have stopped a bit early during primary. OG was 1056 and target (from the instructions) is 1008 or below. It's been sat at 1016 for 3 days now and isn't budging. It's been sat in my newly converted...
  11. Cptn_Needa

    Hambleton Bard S30 valve help

    Hi everyone I decided to invest in a second barrel and picked up a King Keg from my local shop yesterday. I got it home only to find that the valve on top was the type with pin in it. I called the shop to explain and they said to pop in and they'd replace it with the S30 type. Back in the...
  12. Cptn_Needa

    No pressure wit secondary fermentation

    Hi All New to the forums so hello from me. I've had a search around but couldn't find an answer to the issue I'm having. Having just started brewing again (a kit) I'm not sure if some equipment is a bit old and needs replacing. The issue I have is that there is no pressure building in the...
  13. Cptn_Needa

    Hello from Bristol

    Hi everyone. I used to brew quite often a few years back (only from kits mind) and have decided to start up again as we have a street party coming up. First attempt is in primary at the moment although I think the temp has been too high so I'm not expecting great things. There's still enough...
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