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  1. DocAnna

    And in other news...

    I thought it might be nice to have a space for those completely different things that perhaps explain why we've been a bit quiet here or haven't been brewing 😄. Our evening and weekends at home this last few weeks have been spent building a fruit and veg patch at the end of the garden, taking...
  2. DocAnna

    Keeping your cool

    I'm realising how annoying this weather is for brewing 🥵. It's far easier to keep something warm than it is to keep it cool, so this hot weather is a bit of a faff with my brew fridge being used to keep things cool rather than being able to leave the beer to condition at room temperature. I do...
  3. DocAnna

    Numpty! Beer in my regulators

    Aghh :eek: Numpty numpty and oh you plonker! So I’ve been really worried about getting beer back into my regulators since I didn’t have a check valve on the gas passthrough on my secondary regulator. So I purchased said tap and backflow check valve and was going to fit them this afternoon after...
  4. DocAnna

    Posting bottles, Glass, Plastic and all different sizes?

    Usually I have some spare amazon or other boxes around which I can fit a bottle or so in to post but I'm looking for something a bit quicker to package and more consistent. I found this previous thread but the links included now 404 out Posting Bottles So I'm keen to gather the collective...
  5. DocAnna

    Another Kegerator build

    Not terribly original but I'm going to be starting my kegerator build this weekend and have a few questions that I've not found answers to in searches - well one really at the moment. I'm not an engineering expert and already realising my fridge isn't ideal as a kegerator - but I have it now and...
  6. DocAnna

    Corny kegs 3

    As you may know from my brew thread, I'm needing to change my old style kegs to new ones to fit in my yet to be built kegerator: 2 AEB kegs, recently purchased and unused by me. New seals and spare O rings £52 each 1 Safer keg, purchased within the last year, used once. £50, only reason a wee...
  7. DocAnna

    Free hops to collect - Scotland Central Belt - Now offering postage (details in post #6)

    The very generous Dave Lannigan at Ride Brewing Co has offered up some spare hops for collection, these are whole leaf hops. I've already filled all that I could from the kind offer from Glasgow home brewers facebook group. Dave apparently has more and has offered for me to collect them. Now I...
  8. DocAnna

    Connections for a counterflow chiller

    A new toy arrived in the post this week, a shiny coiled counterflow chiller which is an upgrade from my immersion chillers, and I hope will make it easier to whirlpool at the hopstand stage since the chiller won't be in the way. It has bare copper connections which I'd really appreciate some...
  9. DocAnna

    Can a forced carbonated lager be cold conditioned?

    So this weekend is going to be a super big bottle day. The kit IPA and kit cider are going to be portioned into bottles and bottle conditioned. The two other beers, a Bohemian Pilsner and Festbier. are going to be taken off their yeast into kegs for what I hope to be a longer period of lagering...
  10. DocAnna

    S30 Refills from Hamstead Brewing

    Just to note a really good experience with arranging a gas refill through Chris at Hamstead brewing. I needed a refill of an S30 cylinder to provide CO2 for the keg I'm providing to my son. This was the best value refill I found S.30 / L.30 Home Brew Co2 Cylinder Refill though you do need to pay...
  11. DocAnna

    Beer in my spunding valve

    Numpty numpty numpty... 😖 Overfilled my son's keg of beer and ran beer through my spundit spunding valve.. fiddling pifflefish.. really REALLY annoyed with myself. I knew how much beer to transfer and I pushed it. Oh and to make it worse because I haven't labelled my kegs I used sparkling wine...
  12. DocAnna

    Portable options for serving from a keg

    I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. The situation is that I'd like to supply my son (student at university) with a Keg of beer rather than fiddling around with bottling. Yes this might sound very beneficent as a parent, but it limits his spending buying beer, and means he's more likely to...
  13. DocAnna

    Help with a two stage hazy starter

    I could do with a wee bit of advice... I made a starter for with my nice new coastal haze WLP067 yeast, 1.9 litres and on to the stir plate it went, whirring away merrily for 36 hours then into the cold garage overnight to decant and make up for stage 2 today. Ah bit of a problem as it didn't...
  14. DocAnna

    Salt 'Tram' double NEIPA

    I'm having a bit of fun at the moment trying to replicate a recipe from the rather brilliant Salt brewery Home - SALT Beer Factory and plan on making this my next brew. Genuinely a bit of a fan of their beers, one of their NEIPA's 'Tram' was the first NEIPA I tried and remains a favourite. I'm...
  15. DocAnna

    Force carbonation - which post to use

    So I have really tried to find out the answer to this elsewhere but haven't managed to find a good answer, so hopefully the brilliant minds here can help. The instructions on force carbonation I've seen include swapping post fixings round so you can attach the gas in post to the beer dip tube...
  16. DocAnna

    Poaching the Christmas Turkey in the Brewzilla

    Yes that's the plan. Over the past few years I've come to the conclusion that the best way to roast a chicken is to poach it first in herbed stock/water then roast hot and quick. The problem is maintaining a poaching temperature for long enough. With a chicken it's a bit of a compromise, bring...
  17. DocAnna

    Failed bottle priming

    Hi all, ok opinions please.. I made what I thought was a really tasty winter beer with the Wyeast 1968 yeast... lovely stuff that smelled like baked parmesan bread while brewing, and dropped out crystal clear with cold crashing, beautifully flocculant... and that's the problem. It hasn't...
  18. DocAnna

    Suggestions please - starting to put together Kegging kit

    Morning all. Really looking for suggestions and a bit of help putting together what's needed for filling and serving from my first keg. So some of you will already know that I'm accumulating brewing kit faster than is altogether healthy... let's think of it as the brewing 'R rate' .... which in...
  19. DocAnna

    Closed transfer and bottling - are they mutually exclusive?

    Hi all, so I'm looking for thoughts and advice. I really like the idea of NEIPA and similarly highly hopped beers and am looking at investing later this year in a couple of snubnose fermenters to be able to do closed transfers with dry hopping. I was hoping initially to do this without buying a...
  20. DocAnna

    Mismatch in IBU Winter Wassail

    Hi, I'm putting together a brew based on a recipe I have for a winter 'Wassail' beer by the Full Sail Brewing company. The recipe in the book quotes 56 IBU but I've tried two calculators (Brewfather & Brewer's Friend) both with the original and mine tweaked for the hops I have, and the IBU is...
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