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  1. matt76

    Baltic Porter

    I've made a couple - the Greg Hughes one, and then last year the Josh Weikert one. Both were very good - it's possibly my favourite style I've brewed but strong so I try not to drink too many! I'm not sure what recipe you were planning to use but I would recommend waiting until you can get the...
  2. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Just checked, the item description for the PVC hose I bought (quite a while ago now, I just used what I had spare) actually says temp range -20degC to +60degC. Not that I doubted you, but yeah, definitely need to get that changed ๐Ÿ‘
  3. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Thanks for the tip - noted ๐Ÿ‘
  4. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    An update on my recirc pump tinkering... I did another test yesterday, this time heating the water up to mash temperature. All seems fine - I left it running for about 3 hours, all watertight and no leaks ๐Ÿ‘ It always amazes me how this PVC tube goes from being very stiff when cold to very...
  5. matt76

    foxbat's brewdays

    Out of interest, when you're building up lager yeast like this do you just do it at room temp on the kitchen side or whatever? Or do you have the means to put your stir plate in your brew fridge for temp control?
  6. matt76

    foxbat's brewdays

    Sounds interesting, I'll be interested to hear how your Helles turns out - I've used 2206 before but never 2308 and certainly not 2352. On a slightly different subject, have you had a proper try yet of the bitter you made with the Fuller's 1845 yeast? How would you describe this strain - does...
  7. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Ooh, please do elaborate, this sounds intriguing...
  8. matt76

    Thai-PA

    Sounds interesting, good luck with it. I can recommend Motueka hops for a like flavour - I used them with good results in my recent Mexican Lager ๐Ÿ‘
  9. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    @Broken Toe and @AdeDunn did you notice any changes as a result of installing your recirc system? Specifically, did you notice any difference in efficiency? This is not a driver for me at all, just curious is all. My objective is to get a more even and constant mash temperature, and hence...
  10. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Cool, thanks for letting me know dude ๐Ÿ‘ After today's tinkering I think I'll hold off on ordering anything smaller - the 9mm ID tube seems ok so far if I use some PTFE to help it seal, I just need to test it with hot water next ๐Ÿ‘
  11. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Aha! I think I've cracked it now... I've had another little play this afternoon... I think the PWM controller simply isn't going to work - not sure why but this means I need to wire the pump directly. I added some PTFE tape round the pump inlet & outlet barbs which seems to have cured the...
  12. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    Oh bobbins, how did I miss that one??!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Hey @Broken Toe , any idea what size the brass outlet fittings are? I mean what size pipe (inner / outer dia.) fits? They look a bit bigger than on the pump I bought ๐Ÿ˜•
  13. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    This is something I considered in my eBay browsing above..... I thought about a fuel filter - this kind of thing though not necessarily this specific one. However, my concern is they're not specifically food safe and I worry they may have grease or oil in them. So for now I've decided not to...
  14. matt76

    Klarstein Maischfest and Mashing

    I've been mulling this over for the last week or two and decided to bite the bullet and try rigging up a recirc pump on my Klarstein - I've sourced the various bits from eBay which have been arriving over the last few days so I decided to give it a test this afternoon. No wort or mashing at...
  15. matt76

    matt76's Brewdays

    AG#67 Tropical Stout This is pretty much straight up Josh Weikert's "Make your best Tropical Stout", scaled down to 10L or so. Last time I did a big beer (Baltic Porter) I wasn't really happy how it went process-wise (although the beer turned out great). This time I used a few simple tricks to...
  16. matt76

    matt76's Brewdays

    Bottling: AG#66 "NPS" American Stout I've called this NPS because it's Not Particularly Stout (stout meaning strong in the original terminology) - I always intended it to be session strength but it attenuated a lot less than I expected. And for any purists, pedants or traditionalists reading...
  17. matt76

    PilgrimHudds Brewdays

    @pilgrimhudd remind me again, what did you ferment the tropical stout with? I think you wrote "us04" - was it S-04 or US-05? Just been thinking about those numbers, 1.067 to 1.012 is 81% attenuation - which frankly scuppers my latest theory about poor attenuation in dark beers! ๐Ÿ˜‚ (That said...
  18. matt76

    PilgrimHudds Brewdays

    Nice one ๐Ÿ‘ I need to get my not-particularly-stout American Stout bottled actually (maybe today ๐Ÿคž) Then I've got a Tropical Stout of my own planned. And then another bash at my Porter. It's all about the dark beers :beer1:
  19. matt76

    Badger: Cranborne Poacher & using jam

    @UKSkydiver I've been meaning to mention this and it just popped back into head..... Not sure what the status is with this experiment??? (report back!) Anyway, I was reading Terry Foster's Porter & Stouts book recently and kept mentioning brown malt adding a hint of liquorice. Now I do use...
  20. matt76

    UKSkydiver's Brewdays

    What's that you're fermenting in @UKSkydiver ? A stock pot? Your brew kettle? I take it that's a Tilt or iSpindel I can see poking out? I spotted the link in your signature block to track progress ๐Ÿ‘
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