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  1. peebee


    Watch out! PeeBee's got an itchy writing hand (this is going to go on a bit!). Astringency is one of those topics designed to terrify home-brewers. Must say there have been times when it has terrified me in the past! The big scare is "sparging" - sparge water too hot, or sparge water too...
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    Beer Transfer (to kegs)

    Beer transfer from a 70L floor standing conical fermenter to kegs needs a pump. I've been using a little 12V centrifugal pump but it failed the other day and repairing it (the power wire had come adrift) meant taking a look at the inners: Not what you would call "food-safe"! It might be...
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    PeeBee's Brewday - Low Alcohol Beer II

    My original thread (https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/peebees-brewday-low-alcohol-beer) has got a bit large and unwieldy, so I'm kicking off a new thread (Part II) for this latest sortie into "low-alcohol beers" (less than 1% ABV, although I was guilty of creeping up to 1.4% in my...
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    Victorian Bitter

    Way back in time, month one BV (before virus lockdown), there was a chap after a "Victorian Bitter" recipe. The original thread was >here<. There was a few suggestions, but I pointed out "bitter" didn't appear much until mid-20th century after Mild and Porter relinquished their grip on the...
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    PeeBee's Brewday - Session Beer (Crisis Beer!)

    On the back of my (seemingly popular?) "low-alcohol" thread I thought I could apply some of what I learnt to session beers. Beers with an OG of about 1.035-1.042. I wouldn't like to try these techniques on anything stronger. The idea is to get a fast-turnover form of brewing when attention is...
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    Stop watching thread

    Is it possible to remove threads from the watched list? At the moment I find I'm automatically watching any thread I post in. How can I remove threads from this list?
  7. peebee

    Editting posts

    There seems to be a bug cropping up when high-lighting and moving text in a post. It's been going on for a few months now. On posting the moved text appears on its own line (i.e. bracketed by CR) in a different font. It's a bit of a pain to have to open the post again (for editing) and retype...
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    TiltPi Calibration?

    I've got this Tilt Hydrometer and I am monitoring it with a Raspberry PI (3 B+) running the free "TiltPi" downloadable image. At first I was very cautious about the TiltPi expecting it to be way too geeky, but its not like that at all and a complete doddle to set up. Except for, I'm having...
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    Grainfather software upgrade.

    Who was using the Grainfather software (Web recipe builder, hardware control via Bluetooth mobile app) before the June update? Who's still using it after the update? I had the old software working great, but the new software looks smashing. It is taking a while finding things, but I can connect...
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    Keg pressure for dispensing / Glasses of foam!

    This is a topic I see time and time again: What pressure to keep the keg at, and what pressure to dispense successfully? I maintain the pressure (8-12psi) and dispense very slowly, wait for the foam to abate, the top up very slowly. I put up with this tedium because only about 1/4-1/3 of my beer...
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    Yeast starter (when's it ready)

    This is a hint post rather than a question (unless I have it wrong!). I've always been puzzled why some people have trouble getting a fermentation going. For me I chuck the yeast in and 6-18 hours later it's fermenting; it just happens that way. This might be one explanation? Today was to be a...
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    "BBC" Pure Hop Pellets

    Got my eye on these pellets. Reason: I "age" my hops so I am using increasing more hops the older they are to get roughly the bitterness I'm expecting. But the likes of Cascade which deteriorate pretty quick means that I'll use huge quantities of them at this time of year (18 months since 2017...
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    Trisodium Phosphate Cleaning Concentration

    Having been conviced that trisodium phosphate was the stuff to use to clean a new stainless steel vessel, I find it impossible the find good instructions for using it. I want to be sure there is no trace of machine oil used during manufacture. The best I've found so far is here...
  14. peebee

    Mangrove Jack's M44 yeast

    I decided to give this yeast a try for some of my more "contemporary" recipes 'cos I was disillusioned by the cloudy US-05 stuff. After 24 hours passes since pitching there is not much sign of activity (I don't remember last time I had a beer not start fermenting in six hours). So I plug "m44...
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    Bar Build

    I pap-on a bit regarding dispensing and CO2 arrangements, it's about time I let on where I'm coming from. 18 months into the build (longer than that if including the planning) I'm finally getting near to the end of my dispensing arrangements (i.e. bar). The CO2 arrangements are the work of a...
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    PeeBee's Brewday - Low Alcohol Beer

    Hum. New on me posting in this forum area. This trendy brewing of low-alcohol beer (<1% ABV) is a bit new to me (new to everyone?) so it might help others launching on this path, and it might attract comments to further help me too. I'm going to try and make something like "Big Drop's Pale Ale"...
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    Problems getting pH up

    Up until about a year ago I was having no problems with pH. I've soft water, the Salifert alkalinity test is no use (it reports somewhere between zero and the smallest increment it reads to), but I was getting on fine with "bicarbonate" set at 6ppm (calculated from smallest alkalinity increment...
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    A long day?

    Maybe I've been up too long? Brewing today. Nothing too strenuous as it went off fine. Yeast pitched at 4pm, I was quite surprised that the airlock was active by 10pm, though rapid starts aren't without precedence. Checked again before I turned in; airlock is bubbling at about once every two...
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    Hopping accident

    Help! Beer has just about finished fermenting (45L) and I was tidying up the log of it: There was this line in the ingredient list that I just couldn't recall, which I eventually figured out simply wasn't added. Worse still, it was a hop addition, and not just a "miscellaneous" addition but the...
  20. peebee

    Drip-trays and smoke detectors

    Had a bit of an "interrupted" sleep last night. A smoke alarm went off! Impromptu fire drills that early in the morning wasn't something I planned for. I was impressed that: The smoke alarm woke me: I wasn't overcome by panic (in a complete daze instead). But no fire. The alarm shut up on its...