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  1. MartinF

    Bass brewery when proper beer was made.

    When I see the Union system, I can't help but think about the home brewers who, to me, seem obsessive about closed, and pressurised fermentations, closed transfers, yeast infections, oxidation and the like. Yes, I know that most modern breweries have gone that way - the cost to them of things...
  2. MartinF

    Bass brewery when proper beer was made.

    Some more Bass memorabilia... A couple of photos of the Bass dray I took at CAMRAs GBBF, Alexandra Palace, Aug 1980. And an unopened bottle of Prince's Ale from 1929, which was given to me by a friend having a clear out.
  3. MartinF

    Bass brewery when proper beer was made.

    I love the emphasis on the "WITH YEAST"! It must have been from between 1963, when home brewing was legalised, and 1971, when currency was decimalised.
  4. MartinF

    How many of you have?

    I still go to pubs, and will continue to do so until they're all owned by pubcos - heaven forbid. I'm very selective about which pubs I go to. People here are mentioning the price of a pint: in our locality, you'll be paying between £4 and £5.50 for a real ale, more for keg "craft" beers and...
  5. MartinF

    Me new member

    I'm sure it covers the basics very adequately: always good to have a book or books to refer to.
  6. MartinF

    Me new member

    That book was old when I was brewing as a kid back in late 60s! Though I know it's had many revisions since then.
  7. MartinF

    Loss of Ale

    Also check the volume markings on your mash tun and on your boiler. I tend to brew 23L batches: to me, that means 23L going into the FV, to yield around 22L going into keg/bottles. Just as an idea of what you might want to aim for, to get that 23 L, I know I need about 27L pre boil, allowing...
  8. MartinF

    brewbuilders 3kW elements

    Don't mess about: for the difference in cost, go for a 2.5 sq mm cable. You'll end up with less heating effect, less voltage drop and less worry. Standard UK 13A socket outlets are rated ok for 3KW, just don't use two 3KW appliances in the same double socket outlet simultaneously. If worried...
  9. MartinF

    Going for the Grainfather

    Just to reiterate... The GF30 Connect Controller is NOT WiFi enabled. It connects to an app on a mobile device via Bluetooth.
  10. MartinF

    Going for the Grainfather

    I love having the bluetooth connect controller on the GF. Along with the GF app, you can simply run the entire mash, with any temp steps, the boil and with notifications for any additions and at what point, entirely from your phone. Brilliant. Would it be better over WiFi? Not something I'm...
  11. MartinF

    Going for the Grainfather

    I don't know about the BZ, but the GF instructs one to pump boiling wort through the cfc for 10 mins before end of boil in order to sterilise the cfc. So I would certainly hope the pump is rated for boiling temp. Mine is 4 years old now & still going.
  12. MartinF

    Show us your Pushbikes

    Although it can work out fairly pricey, shocks (and forks) can, and should be, serviced every so often - depending on usage. I use TFTuned in Wiltshire to service my suspension components, though I should declare that the business used to be owned by a friend of mine. Other servicing companies...
  13. MartinF

    Show us your Pushbikes

    Works for me. 7 years old now and still going strong. Which is more than can claim for myself! I
  14. MartinF

    How do you listen to music

    Ditto. Just upgraded from my old, slow starter Synology DS213j to a new DS220+. It seems to run about 15-20 times faster than the old one. I still have an ancient analogue amp (A&R Cambridge) but I found a device called a Pure Jongo a couple of years back, which will connect either via WiFi or...
  15. MartinF

    Two Corny kegs for sale

    Hi Tim. I think they're just about sold. If it falls through, I'll get back to you. Ball lock, BTW.
  16. MartinF

    Two Corny kegs for sale

    I have two AEB Cornies (570 x 220mm dia) for sale. Both scrupulously clean, dent-free and pressure tight. Willing to post at cost. £50 each or £80 for both kegs, + postage, and they could be all yours.
  17. MartinF

    Dunkle Weizen fermentation woes

    It's 9 days now Agreed!
  18. MartinF

    Dunkle Weizen fermentation woes

    Ha! I have a Brewbrain Float hydrometer and a very expensive (but not as expensive as the Float!!), narrow range (1.000 - 1.050) glass hydrometer. They're within 1 degree of each other. Yes, it's sweet. Not throw-away-worthy sweet. You're right about remaining fermentable sugars, and it was...
  19. MartinF

    Dunkle Weizen fermentation woes

    I've had no problems with M20 - with regular hefeweizen - in the past. But this is my 1st Dunkles. Interestingly, I've had stuck ferments with other dark beers (stouts & porters) when using MJ M15 (Empire Ale) and Lallemand's Windsor. Makes me doubt my methods.
  20. MartinF

    Dunkle Weizen fermentation woes

    Good questions. OG 1053 Mash efficiency... 79% in Beersmith3, 80% in Brewfather.
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