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  1. MonkeyMick

    Grolsch returning to the UK

    https://www.thedrum.com/news/2020/09/21/relaunching-grolsch-lockdown-i-ve-never-seen-the-legs-half-the-people-i-work-with
  2. MonkeyMick

    Brewing with river water.. Good/bad idea

    On a visit to Alston this weekend, I've noticed the river water is incredibly soft, but peaty. If I gathered some of this water, would it be an issue in an all grain beer, given it would be boiled for at least an hour? Has anyone tried this, and what flavour could I expect from the peaty...
  3. MonkeyMick

    Re-use of hops!

    You may not have seen this, seems an interesting read on reusing hops and I don't see why it couldn't work for pellet 'sludge' from a spider if used in a similar brew... https://beerandbrewing.com/elements-of-beer-recycling-hops-in-the-brewhouse/
  4. MonkeyMick

    iSpindel - Argh.

    Hi.. I've started building an iSpindel from a kit, and got as far as flashing the software. That seemed to go OK, but I couldn't find the configuration page via WiFi. When I've connected back to the flashing software I now have no MACs showing where I did beforehand.. Have I blown the board...
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    Free South Yorkshire - 60+ Clear Wine Bottles

    As the title says, I have 60+ clear wine bottles if anyone wants to come and collect them from the Doncaster area. Mostly brand new and still boxed, I was given them by someone on this forum but haven't got round to using them due to work commitments.
  6. MonkeyMick

    How long before bottling?

    Possibly an unusual question.. Ive brewed an AG Doom Bar clone, which is currently sat in the FV on the yeast cake/trub in my brew fridge in the garage. It's already been sat for about 4 weeks after finishing fermentation, and I was hoping to bottle it in the next few days. I'm now off on a...
  7. MonkeyMick

    Disaster!

    I've gone to clean and sterilise the bottles from the garage - following advice on another thread and found that the flooding/high water table in South Yorkshire has caused the swing tops to go rusty even though the garage itself didn't flood. Ive stripped the swing tops from the bottles, and...
  8. MonkeyMick

    Cleaning large numbers of bottles...

    I'm planning on bottling 80 litres of various brews in the next day or so, and have a variety of swing top bottles I've aquired. Some are brand new, while some look to be pretty grim... Would soaking them in oxy cleaner for 30 minutes then blasting with starsan be adequate to ensure I didn't...
  9. MonkeyMick

    Inkbird controlled mash

    Has anyone used an inkbird to control mash temperature with a burco boiler? I suspect I could tape the temp probe to the outside of the boiler, set the mash temp then won't need to worry about the actual controls. Is this feasible, or am I just a lazy idiot!
  10. MonkeyMick

    Sanitising burco/grain bags

    Hey I'm hopefully going to try an AG in a burco I've aquired recently. Do I need to sanitise the boiler before use as well as the grain bag, or does the fact that I'll be boiling the wort in the boiler cover that? How does anyone else cover this? And do you drain the wort through the burco...
  11. MonkeyMick

    Swing top bottle sanitising...

    Hey all Probably a stupid question, but I constantly second guess myself. I've a mix of used and new swing top bottles. What's the best way to clean and sanitise? Do I remove the wire and stopper before sanitising and boil them separately to sanitise to prevent any Ill effects on the wire and...
  12. MonkeyMick

    Yeast and crushed malt - nothing else!

    Hi. I'm at a loss this morning for something to do, and have 1kg of crushed malt and some gervin ale yeast. What results could I expect from mashing/boiling the malt then fermenting with the yeast? Would the lack of any hop addition during the boil result in something undrinkable, or is it...
  13. MonkeyMick

    Hydrometer vs Refractometer

    Hey.. Ive just aquired a refractometer and calibrated it using distilled water. When I've checked my lager and pale ales that should be ready, both are showing SG of over 1.020. Checking with my hydrometer shows them at 1.008 and 1.012 respectively. Ive checked the hydrometer in room temp...
  14. MonkeyMick

    Coopers Lager issue - more yeast?

    So, I started off a 15 year old coopers Lager kit, replacing the yeast provided with California common. The LME seemed good, if a little dark and it started to ferment quite well. Sg was 1.040, and fermentation appears to have stuck at 1.029. It did get cold in the garage - down to 12 degrees...
  15. MonkeyMick

    Straining bags!

    While in Sainsburys earlier today, I noticed they have some fine mesh nylon bags meant to be used as reusable fruit/veg bags. At 30p a pop, might be worth a look for straining large bits of fruit from wine/beer!
  16. MonkeyMick

    Old Coopers Lager Kit

    Hi Ive just been 'gifted' by a colleague at work an old Coopers Lager kit. With an expiry date of 2004! Am I right in thinking it 'should' be OK to use, if I swap out the yeast - given its older than some of my kids? At the very most if it went wrong I'd only be out a kilo of sugar and a...
  17. MonkeyMick

    Chocolate Stout?

    I've seen the Simply Stout kit available on Amazon, and I'm tempted by it. I'm worried that it may be a bit watery or lack body, so I'm looking at options to spice it up a touch. Ive thought about using chocolate malt and mashing it to replace the sugar. Another option is to use a mix of black...
  18. MonkeyMick

    Sanitisation question

    Possibly a silly question, but here goes... If I use a no rinse sanitiser to sanitizer a 25l FV, can I then use that same fluid to fill the bottles I plan to use to bottle the brew 3 weeks later, and simply empty and then fill? Would the sanitiser still be viable/ or would it potentially...
  19. MonkeyMick

    Creamy tasting lager?

    Hey Another question that's probably asked a lot... I started a wilco golden lager kit just over 2 weeks ago, substituting half the suger for light spray malt, and adding bourbon barrel oak chips. It's been sat in the garage, at roughly 20 - 22 degrees ever since. Primary fermentation...
  20. MonkeyMick

    Elderflower wine mould....

    Hey.. As well as my IPA bubbling away, I started a batch or two of elderberry champagne at the weekend, following the river cottage recipe i.e. elderflower, sugar, water, lemon juice. The bucket was sterilised before starting, but I've now got a fuzzy mould growing on the surface of the...
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