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  1. Baz Chaz

    Beer and cancer

    Hi folks, Last July I was diagnosed with throat cancer, various bits of surgery were needed to locate the primary source, then followed with 6 weeks of daily chemo and radiotherapy. Understatement of the decade is 'it was a difficult time' following treatment! The good news is they completely...
  2. Baz Chaz

    Medical advice and drinking alcohol

    Funny isn't it, I saw the thread about not drinking for a week before and three weeks after the C19 vaccination. So with this in mind I thought I'd mention it to my consultant Oncologist when she 'phoned. I'm now 8 weeks post radio/chemotherapy which I'd been having daily for 6 weeks. The first...
  3. Baz Chaz

    Fresh start! Shiny kit .....

    I've been brewing on and off since the 1970's .... yes, I've been around a while now:hat: All my gear to date has been a bit Heath Robinson style, nearest I got was a Buffalo boiler with a ball valve tap and a stainless cooling coil! Mrs C finally got me to go for an all in one brewing system...
  4. Baz Chaz

    Buffalo boiler

    I have finally taken the plunge and spent some brass and upgraded my gear! There is a 40 litre buffalo boiler, which is now spare, holds a rolling boil no problem, modified with a ball valve and has a copper manifold type filter fitted. It would be for collection only I'm afraid (currently...
  5. Baz Chaz

    First wheat beer

    Brewed my first attempt at a Wheat Beer last Monday (6 days ago) had a measure and test today. Very surprised and equally impressed, especially as it was a bit of an epic/weird brewday. Recipe for 15 litre batch 2.5 kg Europils malt 2.5 kg Wheat malt .50g Crystal 120 40g SAAZ pellet @ 45 mins...
  6. Baz Chaz

    How The F brewday

    I have no idea how or what the hell happened today, we all have them, but today ....... My first attempt at a Belgian wheat beer Kept the recipe simple and just a 15 litre batch, nothing too arduous? 2.5 kg Europils 2.5 kg Wheat malt .100 crystal malt 30 g SAAZ @ 60 min 40g Hallertau blanc @...
  7. Baz Chaz

    Bitterness

    Morning everyone Just seen that Doom Bar is the most popular cask ale in the UK has an IBU of 22 Looking back through my brew book, the last 8 brews I've done the highest IBU is 45 and the lowest is 35 (actual average is 42) Comments in 'the brew book' is that the Citra at 35 was actually the...
  8. Baz Chaz

    Small All in one brewing system

    Anyone come across a small all in one system (to produce 15 litres or so per brew) that won't break the bank please? I've been looking around and can only find one around £900 which is more than I can run to.
  9. Baz Chaz

    Got a water report, now the hard bit!

    Just got this report from United Utilities, we get our water from Haweswater Reservoir, just need to work out how to interpret it! Checking out the beginners guide, could be a long evening, pouring beer shortly! Analysis Typical value UK/EU limit Units Hardness Level Soft Hardness...
  10. Baz Chaz

    Weekend brew plan

    Going to brew again over the weekend, keeping up with my plan of a brewing smaller batches every 2 weeks! This weekends recipe for a 15 litre brew 2 kg Golden Promise 1 kg Pale Ale malt 350g Marris otter (end of bag) 150g Wheat malt 100g Crystal 50g Caramalt 40g Brewers Gold @ 60 10g...
  11. Baz Chaz

    Quick fermentation

    Not quite sure what's going on but my brews seem to be fermenting quicker! I know why two of them went quickly, used the Kveik Voss yeast ... The pale ale which I brewed on Friday 24th OG was 1.045 Yesterday evening Mon 27th gravity was 1.008 ! Yeast was Lallemands Nottingham I only...
  12. Baz Chaz

    Orange Citra

    Just had to brew today, just finished my brew 'cabinet', wife wanted a new fridge for utility room/kitchen refurb, so I got the old fridge to play with. 15 litre batch 2.7 kg Marris otter 100g crystal 150 100g wheat malt 10g citra pellet @ 60 mins/15mins/flame out 15g orange peel Kveik voss...
  13. Baz Chaz

    Changing styles of hops/beer.

    A talking point as much as anything, I took some beers round to neighbours last night, BBQ time, not the first time I've taken my beers along! But the reaction to last nights offering was very different! Seems peoples tastes are changing, 'bitter beer' is not as popular as it used to be? The...
  14. Baz Chaz

    Beer goes with......?

    Bit cool, windy and wet today, my OH made a fabulous beef casserole (yes I know, it's July!) followed by cheese and biscuits. Now we've been lucky enough to have eaten in some very special restaurants in a few places around the world, but yet again, simple straightforward good food, cooked at...
  15. Baz Chaz

    Small batches and yeast.

    Returning to brewing after a break, just brewed 23 ltr of Hobgoblin clone at weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed the brew day, but found lugging stuff around a bit arduous, getting on in years now! Seriously thinking of going to smaller volumes, which would help in many ways, half batches = less weight...
  16. Baz Chaz

    Been a while

    Been a while since I was around, not very active brewing wise really, a lot of other things going on. Having said that, I had a rather entertaining brew day back in about September when our son was visiting, he wanted a brew day :thumb: He's taking brewing up, admittedly in small batches, he...
  17. Baz Chaz

    It's been a while

    Hi Gang I've not been around for some time, in fact so long I got a reminder email saying you've missed me :D I've rarely brewed due to ill health, (both me and OH) although the 'Den Brewery' is well stocked, due to lack of drinking :( Will make the effort to call in more often ;)...
  18. Baz Chaz

    Overnight mash

    So as not to upset Evanvines 'mash n boil poll', I'll ask the question here .... Overnight mash, been considering it along with 60 min boil the following day :hmm: So overnight mash, how do you do yours and any observations :?:
  19. Baz Chaz

    DIY my 'arris !

    I hate DIY programmes on the telly, women watch ‘em and see an hour long programme and in it they knock down an old house, replace it with a ten bedroomed mansion, plaster paint and decorate it, all in a one hour programme. The problem is women think that we mere mortals, on our own can sort...
  20. Baz Chaz

    Domestic bottling plant

    Ok a bit tongue in cheek, Barking Baz's bottling plant ........ Open front of dishwasher to form shelf for holding bottles and drip tray for catching drips Place the container with beer to be bottled above the dishwasher here's the major modification that requires seconds of work, take a...
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