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  1. Nicks90

    Blackberry/Elderberry wine

    Its that time of year again - and its been a bumper crop for blackberries around our way. But the damned birds have decimated my elderberry crop unfortunately. However with limited time available to me for picking, I have been filling a doggy pooh bag each time I take the mutts out and bunging...
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    Mushroom / coffee / chocolate stout

    I fancy doing an experiment with a stout. I have enough grains left for a single 16l brew made up of MO and munich dark and a whole bunch of chocolate malt and black patent. I've done a few before, variously adding lots of oats or doing it 'straight up' and so far I've been pretty happy. But I...
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    What to use Munich dark malt in

    I bought 3kg of some Munich dark malt from geterbrewed for a dubbel I wanted to brew, but only used 1kg for the recipe. This now leaves me with 2kg I don't know what to do with! I hare having ingredients lying about, so want to use it up. It was this stuff...
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    Has anyone else just had enough?

    I don't know what's up with me lately, but I just have had ENOUGH. I work from home 90% of the time, so it's not lockdown - itis, I have a good job, I enjoy (too much) home brew, I game online, all in all I haven't really had much change in my personal circumstances with covid. But I am just...
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    4 week grain to glass recipe

    To cut a long story short, I've been asked by my head honcho if I'll do a brew for a virtual Christmas get together in mid December for the team. Another service manager is donating wine he brewed last year and another used to be a chef and is sending out some cakes and pastries. It's all going...
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    First saison recipe

    I've never done a saison before, in fact I've only ever tried commercial saisons a couple of times and I'm not hugely convinced... But that's not stopping me having a go at one. Before I put grain to water, can those in the know advise me if this will 'work' and make a sort of saison type ale...
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    Home made chiller

    I've been no chill brewing for a while now and I've had pretty consistent results by factoring in the natural cool down overnight to my hop schedule. But...big but...I've always felt that I'm missing some of the hop flavour of late additions and getting more bitterness due to no chill than I was...
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    This year's blackberry and elderberry wine

    My usual yearly ritual of collecting blackberries and elderberries has been quite successful this year. 2kg of blackberries and 1kg elderberries, all brought to the boil with 2.5kg sugar and left to cool overnight. Mash it a bit and them strain in to 3 demijohns with a cup of strong tea and...
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    Unusual ingredients

    Inspired by this link - https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/kelloggs-launces-beer-made-from-rejected-rice-krispies/ Has anyone else tried something completely off the wall? I am due to try @MyQul brut using 30% rice crispies, but this article has me thinking about something even more...
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    First lambic, possibly stupid question

    I treated myself to a nice bottle of cantillon gueuze lambic today, and I had forgotten what an incredible beer it is. Fortunately I didn't just empty the bottle in to my pint pot and I have a little bit left in the bottom with some dregs/slurry. So I am struck with an urge to do a gallon in a...
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    Aroma hops - how long to leave it

    I've been adjusting my recent brews and messing about with adding in my late hop additions. Instead of putting them in at "flameout" - essentially 100c - and leaving them for 15 mins, I'm doing a whirlpool once the wort has cooled to 80c. All pretty normal stuff. Whilst this has reduced the...
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    Storing finished wine

    I'm tempted to do a 23l wine kit, probably a decent one like a beaverdale merlot. But I don't have 30 wine bottles! Plus I don't really have the space for a bottle rack that can take the 20 bottles of blackberry, cherry and elderberry wines currently in the cellar and 30 bottles of merlot. But I...
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    Busy brew day, lots of wine and cider

    Having been given 6kg of rhubarb from a friend and collecting 2kg of blackberries and 2kg of mixed cherries, I decided to get my brew on today. Should have a nice stash of rhubarb wine, rhubarb cider, blackberry wine and a mixed cherry wine! 4kg of rhubarb is chopped up and macerating in 2kg of...
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    Making a wine starter

    A friend of mine has just given me 6kg of rhubarb, on the deal that I give a proportion of the wine in return. Sounds alright to me! I also have 5kg of blackberries (more appearing every day!!) Stupidly I only ordered one pack of wine yeast - gervin wine yeast gv9 Is it possible to make a big...
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    What infection is this?

    My riggwelter clone has been in the fv for 3 weeks whilst I was on holiday and I've come back to this? Istr that this is a harmless infection, but I can't find the thread on it now. Can somebody please advise?
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    Riggwelter clone

    It's time for a 'knife and fork' type of beer to wash down me fish and chips whilst walking me wippet Only joking, being a proper Yorkshire lad, nowt goes down better than a pint of riggwelter or old peculiar. Could someone check my recipe and see if this is anywhere near? 20l biab mash 3kg...
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    Simple oat stout ideas

    Thinking of putting on my first full sized AG stout next week and want the collective wisdom on my recipe. 3kg pale malt 500gm cheap porridge oats 200gm dark crystal malt 340ebc 200gm pale crystal malt 110ebc 200gm black patent Aiming for approx 25ibu's using fuggles in the boil with a small...
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    Nicks90's Brewdays

    Far too many of my brew posts now - so time to consolidate them all in to one thread! AG#1 - Best Bitter Boil Time: 30 min Batch Size: 16 liters Boil Size: 19 liters FERMENTABLES: 3 kg - Maris Otter Pale (93%) 0.2 kg - Crystal 60L (4.7%) 0.1 kg - Crystal 140L (2.3%) HOPS: 20 g - Challenger...
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    AG#11 another IPA

    The last IPA on ag#7 went down an absolute treat. Very tasty. So tasty i sank the lot in way too short a time! Time to put another one on, but i am running short on everything now, so this is a user up'er 4kg Irish malt 80gm crystal malt 110ebc 90gm rolled oats 17l mash at 65c for an hour...
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    AG#10 simple stout

    To continue my theme of low(ish) alcohol beers, this time i fancied having a go at a stout. its not something i drink a lot of, but i do fancy a pint of stout now and again. As my FV is currently taken up with my golden ale and my no chill barrel full of lager - i've decided to do a small batch...
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