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  1. muppix

    Fun with Opshaug Kveik

    I've now got a couple of brews with the same Opshaug under my belt, each time top-cropping, saving, and growing the yeast before pitching it on brew day. It's been an interesting learning experience and actually way easier than I was anticipating - kudos to the kind folk on 'ere who answered my...
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    Czech Pale Lager with 300 minute hop stand? Really?

    I'm looking to follow this Brewfather recipe for a Czech Pale and noticed it calls for a 300 minute hop stand at 98℃. That's five hours. At first I thought it might have been a typo but the notes section reads: "It was no chill , hence the 300min hopstand, though I do not like adding hops to...
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    Kegerator build update: shelf fitted, beer taps inside

    I've wanted to build a kegerator ever since I started kegging beer; partly because it would free up my existing fridge solely for fermenting duties (was too small anyway) and partly because I was fed up with trudging to the brewery each time I wanted a pint. So when lockdown #3 ended for us a...
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    Clean racking cane between batches?

    I'm bottling two batches later on today, an all-grain American Pale and a Woodforde's Wherry kit, wondering if I need to clean and sanitise my racking cane between batches or if I can be a lazy sod and just move it to the adjacent second vessel once I've finished with the first. If I simply err...
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    First Time Kveik - any tips?

    As per title really. I'm having a go at Vienna Lager and intend to follow a Brewfather recipe by @David Heath, but I've never used Kveik before and need to know if there's any gotchas that are likely to trip me up. Should I make a starter (nutrients? pitch time?) or just rehydrate? On a related...
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    Using recycled yeast with Brewfather - how to calculate pitch rate?

    Morning Gang! I've got what looks like 300 ml of yeast salvaged from my last brew, and want to try using this in a fresh brew, basically just to see if I can do it. Going forward I'm going to (over) build starters rather than pitching from sachets, but I'm waiting on equipment to arrive and...
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    How long does Krausen stick around?

    I'm used to seeing our foamy friend reaching its peak during vigorous fermentation and then gradually disappear, but on my latest brew, a hoppy session IPA, it's still visible even though fermentation slowed down drastically 5 days ago: Normally I'd have expected Krausen gone around 8 Apr...
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    Quickie: do I really need two packets of WLP001?

    I'm planning a session IPA based on a recipe in Brewfather for something called Twisty Listy. Among other ingredients the recipe calls for one packet of expensive liquid yeast from White Labs, WLP001. It's a 23 litre Grainfather batch recipe and uses a lot of generic malts which I don't have...
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    Cold Crash in addition to Finings? Anybody?

    I'm a bit new to the world of cold-crashing at the end of primary since I've only recently acquired a fridge big enough, and I was very pleased with the results when I tried it for the first time. I'm also new to finings, and was equally pleased when a ⅓ Protafloc tablet cleared up another beer...
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    Adapting recipes from Brewfather - am I doing this right?

    Morning Campers! I'm planning my next two all grain brews and have run into a bit of a snag, wondered if the Brewfather veterans among you could take a moment to point me in the right direction. My problem is that at the end of the adaptation process (below) I'm a couple of hundred millilitres...
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    First AG brew, missed pre-boil gravity by 24 points

    This has been a ’learning curve’ kind of day! Mashing went well (far as I can tell) as did sparging, but I checked the numbers while heating to boil temperature and it looks like I’m 3.5 litres low at 28, and 24 points low at 1.020. OK, the wort was at 65C and not 20, but 24 points?! I had...
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    Priming sugar after cold-crash: have I ruined it?

    I just finished cold-crashing a 9 litre experimental extract brew in a mini bucket for 8 days following successful fermentation. 5 litres were kegged and pressurised, the rest went into CO2 purged bottles with a couple of carbonation drops. Then it occurred to me: doesn't cold-crashing cause...
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    Carbonation error while bottling Cider - OK to reopen bottles?

    I made a schoolboy error with my priming sugar quantities while bottling strawberry & pear cider yesterday, only added half as much as I intended because I counted litres and multiplied by bottles. D’oh! Am I right in thinking that I can just sanitise the flip-tops, pop ‘em open, and throw in an...
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    Sparging with Brewtools B40Pro B80Pro B150Pro

    Following three months of deliberation I've finally taken the plunge and gotten myself set up with a Brewtools B40pro all-in-one system. It certainly feels like a fantastic setup but there's one question I keep coming back to as I mentally prepare for my first brew day: how do you accurately...
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    DIY sparge water heater. How hard can it be?

    My AG setup is slowly nearing completion, and as my attention turns to sparging I'm wondering if the various dedicated products are really worth the premiums being charged when a cheap tea urn is really all that's needed. Except that cheap tea urns often come with a cheap tap and just an on /...
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    Accidentally threw out yeast during trub-dump: am I doomed?

    Thought I'd try a Bure Gold kit in my new Fermzilla, mainly so that I could get the hang of pressure fermenting and oxygen-free dry hop / transfers with this vessel before introducing more variables in the shape of one my own recipes. The kit recommended adding the included hops on day 4, but my...
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    Recommend me a stainless FV to go with my all-in-one!

    I'm looking to get into AG with the purchase of an all-in-one system, and I'd like to add an FV that connects straight to my system so that I can transfer the wort using the pump. I like the idea of eliminating plastic from my process and look forward to having some growth potential, like being...
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    My First Extract Brew: American Blonde?

    Long story short: I ordered more 'light' LME than I needed, wondered if I could use it to pimp up any of my subsequent kit beers, discovered that it would make a fine base for an extract brew - something I've not attempted before. I headed over to the Recipe Builder™️ and put together this...
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    Daft question: difference between types of LME?

    I picked up a large number of Mangrove Jack’s Liquid Malt Extract on my last internet order and only now do I realise that they’re all the ‘light’ variety, aimed at lagers, pilsners, light ales etc. Can I still use them on reds and dark ales, or am I mostly better of saving them for their...
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    Possible to safely over-carb crown-caps?

    I've always used carbonation drops at bottling time to add a little sparkle, and the instructions usually recommend 2 drops per 500 ml bottle. In practice this provides a good level of carbonation for the kits I've done so far, Wherry, Honey Porter, etc. For IPAs and cider I'd like another 25%...
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