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  1. Hazelwood Brewery

    Free stuff - ALL GONE

    I have some bottles to give away free of charge to anyone that can collect or arranges their collection. Also a heat pad for sitting a pressure barrel on during secondary fermentation. I have 2 packs of 6 unused 750ml clear flip-top bottles. There’s 3 packs of 6 unused 500ml clear flip-top...
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    Pressure Barrels - More than you wanted to know!

    Introduction I use quite a few bottom-tap King Keg pressure barrels and I have very few problems with them. From discussions on the forum though it’s clear that many people do struggle with pressure barrels so I thought I might put together a few thoughts you might find useful. Although I...
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    Hazelwoods Beef Chilli

    @Clint asked me to put up this recipe so you can blame/thank him for this. ;) The mixed beans need to be prepared the night before, follow the instructions to soak the beans. The ingredients Chop 2 large onions into fairly chunky pieces (440g peeled and chopped) Slowly fry onions in 2tbsp...
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    Keg cooling jacket experiment

    Having seen several people asking for ideas on how to cool pressure barrels, I thought I’d have a go at coming up with something. After working up several elaborate ideas I eventually forced myself to get back to basics and come up with something cheap and simple, and I hope effective. This is...
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    Fruit scones

    Random request from my wife a short while ago to make her some fruit scones. 🤷‍♂️ So, to enhance your relationship (we all know food is the key 😂), read on... 1. Pre-heat oven to 200 2. 350g self-raising flour, 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder, pinch of salt - all in a bowl. 3. About 80g...
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    How do you decide on hop proportions?

    I often use two and sometimes more than two hops in a brew, I suspect most of us do quite often. I’ve been brewing beers I like but I’m now consciously trying to “taste” my beers. Bizarrely I’ve only just noticed that in one of my beers at least the flavours of one hop completely dominate. I...
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    So, what’s the point of lager?

    What I really meant is that I’m not a lager drinker and so to fill a hole in my brewing repertoire (there are many so I may be back) I need some guidance on what makes a lager good and how you achieve it.
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    We are now 3 weeks from knowing everyone’s true hair colour!

    Wife just read this out! :laugh8:
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    Hi from Bristol

    Welcome back to the UK and to the forum! acheers.
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    Hop additions

    I was just reading a post by @Richy25 about a recipe and noted a 30 minute hop addition. I use 60, 15, 0 minute additions and it made me wonder what timing others use and the rationale for it?
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    Best beer for curry?

    One of my neighbours comes round for a 4-pint carry out of my Summer Breeze Ale when he has a curry. It’s an IPA strongly hopped with Citra and Galaxy. What beer/hops do you prefer with a curry and what curry do you have it with?
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    Beer munchies

    After three pints of brown ale and a couple of pints of stout I now have an attack of beer munchies. I’m having a big bowl of chilli - perfect with almost any beer! What’s your go-to food when you get the beer munchies?
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    Your favourite hop?

    My own question and I struggle to find an answer! In the end I decided on Citra, it’s such a clean taste and such a distinctive aroma. I don’t think I’ve ever made a beer using Citra hops that hasn’t been great. On the other hand it has been so popular it’s becoming a bit routine so up to...
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    Summer Breeze

    I just tasted my Summer Breeze Ale. It’s 3 days conditioned and already exciting me so I’ve made a rash decision to post the recipe. If you try it you MUST like hoppy beer. 4.5Kg Vienna malt 250g Caramalt (EBC between 30 and 80) 125g Torrified wheat (for head retention) Mash for 75 mins at...
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    Hazelwood Brewday

    I only joined the group a few days ago and today was my first brewday since joining so I thought I ought to give this a go - at least once. Starting with the crime scene, I revamped our garden a couple of years ago. My wife wanted decking, a gazebo, and comfortable seating, I wanted a bar...
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    What’s the strongest beer you’ve brewed?

    I was just reading the thread started by @Jayrmz about brewing strong lager and couldn’t help wondering how strong your brews are and whether your strongest brews were good? I once used up the rest of a barrel of LME thinking it was nearly empty and as it turns out there was over 5Kg for a 23...