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  1. Tanglefoot

    moving on to first all grain recipe - any feedback please

    Having done my first partial mash I'm now planning a smaller all grain brew. I based it on an American IPA recipe by John Finch ( a Malt Miller kit ) reducing it from 19 to 10 litres. I kept it simple by just using Citra but also have Cascade and Chinook in stock for hopping. I'd be grateful...
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    Tanglefoot's brewdays

    Today I took the first step towards all grain with a partial mash. I was trying out the secondhand induction hob and 27 l stainless steel pan I recently picked up ( also got a copper wort chiller ) to make an American Pale mini mash kit from the Malt Miller. crisp pale wheat malt 200 gm crisp...
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    Brew fridge with two FVs.

    I have acquired another fridge, big enough for two FVs, I'll use the original smaller one for cold crashing and maybe eventually convert to hold kegs. Wondering about best way to set up new fridge, currently I use a brew belt with inkbird. I thought about adding a double socket to the heating...
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    One pot all grain set up

    I'm planning on having a go at all grain this year. After a little research into different options I like the idea of mashing,sparging and boiling in one pot. Partly for the simplicity but also as I'd rather use a gas hob than an element, I also have a solid fuel stove which I could use part of...
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    What are you reading ?

    I watch a little telly at Christmas but like nothing better than to sit down with a book, after digesting another meal slumped in my armchair with a festive tot. These are a couple I was gifted ( by my daughters who know me so well - mushrooms and science fiction ! ) which will keep me going...
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    Success at the end of a tough year

    Shameless plug here for my eldest daughter's debut credit in TV production, she was artistic director for a new arts series which airs tonight on Sky Arts. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/dec/02/tv-tonight-comic-mo-gilligan-heads-up-sky-arts-unmuted She designed and built the...
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    Tanglefoot's fruity fermentations

    Today I began a 4 gallon batch of apple and pear wine. I have no eating apples in my garden but my neighbour offered me the windfalls from his Worcester tree -sweet with a lovely pink tinge to the flesh and juice. I made a similar white fruit wine with success many years ago and this summer made...
  8. Tanglefoot

    Old Burco boiler for BIAB

    Although I'm happy with the beer I've been making I'm looking to stretch myself and move beyond extract kits to all grain. A while back we aquired this elderly Burco boiler ( basically a tea urn ). As a first step I thought it might be suitable for BIAB brewing. After a bit of fettling it is...
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    Yaldi IPA

    This made me laugh - Brew Dog's response to Aldi's 'Anti-establishment IPA' rip off. Dont think it'll get beyond a dig on social media and make it into production though. On a more positive note Brew Dog are bringing out a Street Dog IPA with adoption adverts for strays on the cans and proceeds...
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    Alternative yeast nutrient for elderflower sparkling wine

    Hi all, I'm planning a batch of elderflower sparkling wine. I have succesfully made fully fermented out white and red fruit wines many years ago and as I have a spare FV and have seen some croppable flowerheads whilst out walking the dogs I thought I'd give it a go. I have everything I need...
  11. Tanglefoot

    Resterilise bottles after delay in bottling

    I was hoping for some advice on a couple of questions. I have a Youngs european lager which has been in fv for 18 days, gravity seemed to settle around 1.010 after 2 weeks and I dry hopped it with a tea made from cascade pellets. It has now crept down to 1.008 last couple of days readings. ( I...
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    self employed income support during covid crisis

    Heads up for the self employed amongst us, you can now submit your claim on the Gov.uk website. I got a letter from HMRC informing me what to do, but basically you just need your UTR number and National Insurance number to check if you qualify. It's easiest to have made an account/login on the...
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    dusting off my old barrels

    Hi all, Just joined up to better educate myself on the finer points of making some decent ale ! I used to homebrew about 20 years ago - with surprising success considering I can't recall using a hydrometer ever though I was always very careful with sterilisation and cleanliness. Like a lot of...
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