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  1. Binkei Huckaback

    I can't seem to brew!

    Make an immersion chiller. All you need is a roll of cooper tube, something to wind it round to create a coil, some compression fittings and spanner (adjustable will do) and some hosepipe. Go to a plumber's merchant though, somewhere like B&Q will charge you a fortune. There are lots of plans...
  2. Binkei Huckaback

    Lost Breweries

    Ushers of Trowbridge was my local brewery whenI was growing up. I used to hate the smell. And the smell from Bowyers pie and sausage factory. You seemed to gett different smells on different days of the week. Ushets became part of Watney Mann Trumans, then Grand Met. When it all went wrong...
  3. Binkei Huckaback

    Bland Beer

    Water treatment is a really complicated subject I consider to be a 'dark art' and am not looking forward to getting to grips with. Try the easy and cheap things first You said: Respected homebrewer and author Graham Wheeler says in his book Brew Your Own Real Ale: "beer should be matured for...
  4. Binkei Huckaback

    Do you feed ducks bread?

    As geigercntr said, the issue isn't particulary with it being bad for ducks Just because we did it as children, doesn't mean we should do it. Doctors used to say smoking was good for you...
  5. Binkei Huckaback

    Shower head for rinsing

    I agree with Clint. If it's for sanitising, no rinse is the way to go. I use videne and citric acid. It cuts down on the amount of time, effort and water it takes to do anything and you don't risk reinfecting from rinse water or taps.
  6. Binkei Huckaback

    Can I bottle without a bottling wand?

    Didn't your syphon hose come with a tap? Try to find something that is strong enough to pinch the hose shut rather than cutting up your syphon hose.
  7. Binkei Huckaback

    The Coronavirus thread.

    I had the same thing in November last year. Not for three weeks though. It did occur to me to see how long I could not drink for (that's how I managed to give up smoking), but a world without beer is just too boring to contemplate. What made it doubly scary was the fact I'd just bought a...
  8. Binkei Huckaback

    Another Lockdown New-brewer

    I sometimes feel a bit sorry for people who post thinking brewing is quick and easy. Also those who ask on brewing forums (not necessarily this one) for recipes for Fosters/Carling etc and receive the digital equivilant of laughter and chips thrown at them. They get scared off, never to return...
  9. Binkei Huckaback

    Time to make alcohol!?

    The issue is not whether you are procucing spirits or not. It is illegal to produce alcohol over a certain ABV without a licence. I think that ABV IS 21% in the UK. There's probably a formula/online calculator that will tell you how much water freeze distilling will remove, but if you got it...
  10. Binkei Huckaback

    Lager-like ale

    A grommet and a cup-type airlock every time. If you can't find a fenrmenting bin with a grommet, grommets are pennies on Ebay and you can drill a hole in the lid The S type airlocks are a pain in the a**e to clean and have difficulty getting the two water levels equal. Yes, there are breweries...
  11. Binkei Huckaback

    Carrot Wine

    I seem to remember wine is best aged in bulk as it's easier to keep at the right temperature. Store covered or in a dark place
  12. Binkei Huckaback

    How to build a cool box mash tun

    Have you made sure the flexible pipe is for drinking (potable) water?
  13. Binkei Huckaback

    Fury v Wilder 2

    Haha. I don't follow boxing at all and am definitely not a fan of Fury as a human being, but maybe if Wilder concentrated on boxing than donning ridiculous costumes he might have won. If the costume was foisted upon him as part of a contract he should lodge a complaint with the board of control...
  14. Binkei Huckaback

    Poll - Who Racks off Beer to a Second FV

    Ahahaha. I've just realised I never have. I was muddling up secondary fermenter and bottling bucket. Which shows hong long it is since I've done it. Everything else I said stands though.
  15. Binkei Huckaback

    Carrot Wine

    Sounds like carrot 'whisky' to me. It's really nice, but something I've only made once. Make sure you age it for at least a couple of years. Baby mixer bottles are just the right size for one 'dram'
  16. Binkei Huckaback

    Poll - Who Racks off Beer to a Second FV

    I've only done is a few times many years ago in order to batch prime disadvantages (possible oxidation and infection outweigh the benefits). Also, the couple of times I've used a yeast that wasn't very floculant, I didn't notice more yeast in the bottles than usual. If not doing a secondary...
  17. Binkei Huckaback

    Best Star SAN Alternative including all new Chemsan

    There's an interview with Charlie Talley of Starsan on The Brewing Network where somone asked this question and the raw materials tubing is made from are tiny tubes as well and the clouding of them is simply that over time, these tiny tubes suck up the liquid. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post...
  18. Binkei Huckaback

    License for tasting beer

    I think Philbrew is correct. And I think those who disagree are getting confused. Yes, you can give away alcohol, but you still pay tax and duty. For example, gifts to clients at Christmas. You can give it away by the lorry load if you wish. As long as taxes and duties have been paid (though I'm...
  19. Binkei Huckaback

    License for tasting beer

    I think Richard is right in that homebrew is intended for "domestic" consumption". Either that or it's for "household consumption". Although I'm not sure what the legal definition is, for example do "domestic" or "household" extended to, say visitors or lodgers, I'm of the opinion that it's...