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  1. Redwulf

    Plum Porter

    I'm going to give a plum porter a go and I've come up with this to get rid of some old malt thats lingering in the cupboard. Grain Bill 3.8KG Maris Otter Pale 0.5KG Munich Dark 0.25KG Carafa Special 1 0.2KG Chocolate Malt 0.1KG Special B 0.2KG Torrefied Wheat Hop Additions 15g Admiral @ 60...
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    Ooops Overheated Fermentation Chamber

    Went out to the garage to start cold crashing my latest batch and noticed the Inkbird probe had been pulled out of the Fridge. I'm taken a gravity reading earlier in the week and it was was down at 1.006 so fermentation was pretty much done. I've replaced the probe and the chamber is about...
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    Pina Colada Berliner Weisse idea

    I've got a second pack of Philly Sour kicking about and was thinking about a berliner syle sour and I want to try coconut additions in something relatively cheap before I try using it in something expensive and complex. Batch Size 19L Grain Bill 1.4kg Wheat Malt 1 KG Pilsner Malt 0.25kg...
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    Closed Transfer Problem

    Does anyone have any tips for keeping the end of the dip tub under the surface of the beer in a fermzilla all rounder or similar when doing a transfer? I've noticed a couple of times now the dip tube ends up sitting on the surface and I end up with a lot gas and froth going into the keg and...
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    Boel ITAP

    I still bottle 8-10 bottles from every batch to give away or take round to share with mates. I use a siphon and bottling wand and find the process tedious and a bit hard on my old knees and I find carbonation can be a bit hit and miss. Occasionally I brew up a batch that I'll bottle more of...
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    Mini Keg Ball Lock adapter

    Has anyone used one of these to serve supermarket mini kegs in their kegerator/keezer? I am thinking keeping a mini keg or tw
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    Sweet Cherry Saison

    I've been thinking about something fruity for the Summer and fancied another Saison having done a kit last summer after a bit of worktime procrastination I've come up with this one: Sweet Cherry Saison Batch Size 23L O.G 1.054 (1.060 factoring the Cherries in) F.G 1.005 Grain Bill 4kg...
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    Greg Hughes Belgian Dubbel advice

    I'm planning to brew the Belgian Dubbel from Greg Hughes Home Brew Beer and I don't think the hop additions are quite right. The recipe in the book calls for 35g Hersbruker @ 60 Mins. 35g Tettnang @ 15 mins. Sticking it into the GF calculator thats about 60 IBUs which sounds like far too...
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    Carbonation and Lagering

    I've got a pilsner kit which has been in primary for about 2 weeks at about 14°C and hit the expected F.G a couple of days ago. I've turned this up to 18°C for a day or two or so before I cold crash it at 3-4°C on Friday evening. I'll then fine it with Gelatin on Saturday morning and aim to...
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    Quick Brew Ideas

    Due to my Session IPA getting the pox I need something that I can brew up and drink quickly as I am down to my last two bottles of stout. I've got Pilsner, Maris Otter, Wheat malt and loads of adjunts. Yeast wise I've got US-05, S-04, West Yorkshire Ale, Belgian Strong and Trappist High...
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    So I at least I know what an infection looks like now...

    My session IPA has got the pox...I was a little concerned when I took the dry hop spider out but I went to keg today and this is what I found. I've tried taking the pelicle off with sterile spoon but its all the way through? In hindsight it was probably the hopspider that caused the problem...
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    Lager Fermentation question

    I'm doing a lager kit with lager yeast for the first time using a fermentation chamber. later on. The instructions say to pitch the yeast between 21°C and 24°C and then Ferment between 13°C and 15°C. Is it as simple as pitching in the room temp wort and then moving it straight to the...
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    Coopers 86 Day Pilsner - Adding Hop Tea or Dry hopping.

    I'm going to brew the Coopers 86 day pilsner and try a temperature controlled fermentation. I've got a couple of SAAZ teabags in my hop box that need using and was unsure whether to dry hop or do a hop tea. Is it worth while dryhopping with Saaz or should I just steep the bags in 200ML of...
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    Undercarbonated Bottles

    I've tried a couple of my bottled christmas ales and they are both a bit flat after 3 weeks in the cupboard and a week or two in the garage. Most of these batches are kegged so they'll be fine, but I bottled a dozen or so of each for Family and Friends. I think I used 1 carb drop when I should...
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    alkalinity

    I got my water report off Yorkshire Water and its missing a measurement for alkalinity or anything that can be interpreted as alkalinity by a simple soul like me However I did have a hot tub test strip lying around and that suggests the alkalinity is 80-120ppm The other important values are...
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    Factoring in Equipment Losses

    I've been doing a couple of experiments after my last couple of brews to workout what my losses are and how I factor that in to recipes and I am curious how people factoring in their losses. So from beginning to end I lose the following. 1L/KG to absorption 1L Mash Tun Deadspace 4L...
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    The Big Fat SMaSH experiment

    A few weeks ago I got dragged out to get some teaching resources by the wife on the other side of Leeds and came back via the homebrew shop in Morley where I stocked up on supplies in the way of 25kg Maris Otter, and a selection of hop pellets namely citra, centennial, chinook, galaxy and simcoe...
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    Strike, Sparge and Grain Absorption

    Apologies, I'm getting ready for a brew day. I've done two brews using my coolbox mash tun and I'm trying to get my head round strike volume and sparge volume. Should the strike volume be increased to account for absorption or should it be made up in the sparge? I've done it both ways and...
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    From Flame out to FV

    I've done 3-4 all grain brews so far and the journey from Hot side to cold side has seemed a bit manic and I think I'm missing a step. I'm still dialling in my equipment and getting to know my volumes and efficiency which seems to be in the 70's. I use a diy coolbox mashtun and a 33 litre peco...
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    Quick Fermention with S-04.

    Quick S-04 question.. I've done the Greg Hughes Christmas Ale recipe substituting the yeast for S-04, S.G 1.065 and its down to 1.010 for a nice 7.2% after 9 days. Its pretty much dropped clear and looks like its done. the Airlock has been still since day 5. My current practice is cold crash...
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