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  1. stephen1546

    Should you have a best before date on your beer

    Hello Had a few Stouts that i have had for about 8 months made from a kit. I had one yesterday and got gut rot soon after, followed by a few visits to the loo. I wondered if it could be the length of time it was in the bottle, hopefully it was just a coincidence Anyway, do you guys make...
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    How good is a Woodforde Wherry?

    Hi I've been brewing kits now for a couple of years. I finally got around to brewing the Woodforde Wherry after reading lots of positive reviews. Anyhoo, after only 1week of letting the bottles carbonate i gave a bottle a try. I have to say after 1 week it tasted really promising. Of all...
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    Fermentation Fridge

    Hello Been making beer and wine for nearly 2 years now and so far ive been pleased with my efforts, recently bought a fermentation fridge which i will use on my next batch. Would be good to hear feedback from those who use a fridge for temp control and to see if this has made your beer/wine...
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    Irish Sout - what is this fizz

    Hi Poured a irish stout and I often notice with my brews a fizz coming up from the bottom of the pint. Is it just the carbonation?.
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    Coopers Devil Half Ruby Porter - Hops

    Hi Looking for any suggestions on what hops to use for the coopers porter kit Thanks Stevie
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    Cold Crashing

    Hi After cold crashing is it best to get the brew back to room temperature before priming/bottling? Cheers Stevie
  7. stephen1546

    Dry hopped. Fermentation starting to rocket

    Added hops to my double IPA kit on Thursday when SG hovered about the 1008 mark for a couple of days. Checked it just now and it's now at 1004. Any ideas on how its now fermenting more vigorously? Thanks Stevie
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    Aldi - Home Brew Kit

    Hello Anybody tried these kits from Aldi s? . On offer for 15 quid down from 20. Cheers Stevie
  9. stephen1546

    Batch priming, do i stir?

    Hello Im ready to bottle my Evil Dog Double IPA ( 7.2abv), was going to batch prime for the first time using Tate & Lyle sugar. I was going to put in 120g then syphon beer into the 2nd fermenter. Do i stir the sugar when syphoning the beer? Thanks for any help. Cheers Stevie
  10. stephen1546

    Increasing ABV in 30 bottle wine kits

    Hi Ive tried a few Cellar 7 and Solomon Grundy 30 bottle wine kits, they taste decent enough but i struggle to reach the 12% and the wines comes out at around 10.5% Should i make less than 30 bottles , hopefully resulting in a higher ABV? or add more sugar or perhaps try different yeast...
  11. stephen1546

    Coopers Irish Stout

    Hi Ive seen a lot of threads on here regarding recipes for this kit, would like feedback if this recipe that i have tailored would work well. Im looking for a stout that comes out at around 4.5%. The tin 1 kilo of DME 200g black treacle 300g Demerara sugar Thanks in advance Stevie
  12. stephen1546

    Evil Dog Double IPA - Adding Hops

    Hello Just wondering if anybody has brewed this kit recently and if so, when did you add the hops and how did it taste once done, i like my beer quite hoppy. Cheers Stevie
  13. stephen1546

    Swing top bottles

    Have had a few misses using my beer capper, the wing capper. The odd bottle has not carbonated properly due to caps being crooked etc. Anyhow, bought a dozen Grolsch that have a swing top cap, rubber seal looks decent, My local homebrew shop have these bottles for 2 quid each however i prefer...
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    Mangrove Jack Roasted Stout kit

    Hi Im making this roasted stout kit, you have options to use either dextrose brewing sugar or malt enhancer, i opted for malt enhancer of which you put in 1.2kg. The instructions, which i know can be quite generic talks about putting in carb drops instead of priming sugar, i know that stouts...
  15. stephen1546

    Rookie Wine making mistake

    Hello I started a Solomon Grundy Pinot kit last night, my previous attempt was a success. I stupidly forgot to stir wine prior to adding the yeast. Should i stir it now?. Any help appreciated Stevie
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    Screw cap wine bottles

    Hello I recently bought 30 bottles for 30 bucks along with corker etc. Dont want to spend another 30 quid on more bottles, i was wondering how long wine can keep using screw top bottles?
  17. stephen1546

    Shop bought water for wine kit

    Hi I am on my 2nd wine kit, my first a Cellar 7 pinot worked out well. Ive read that buying cheap water out the shops improves your wine. Is this true?, and how does it improve your wine?