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  1. JonathanMSE

    Recipe for Disaster!

    So, the title sums this up very well. I have a friend who is obsessed with foraging and they want me to make them a beer using white clover flowers that they have foraged in the beer. Yes, yes I know this sounds ridiculous. Apparently, they're edible (although in warmer climates aren't) I've...
  2. JonathanMSE

    Adjusting amount of hops.

    I'm going to brew a Greg Hughes' Amarillo single hop. The recipe calls for Amarillo with 5% alpha acid. With the following additions. 54g - 70 mins 27g - 15 mins 27g - 5 mins 83g - 0 mins giving 40 IBU. However, the Amarillo I have has an alpha acid of 8.6% if I use the same additions it...
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    Brewing two beers this weekend... but only have one brew fridge.

    So, my plan for this weekend is to brew two beers. (Its very rare that I get enough free time to do so... and I'm down to 9 bottles right now... which will be gone well before either of these are ready!) My dilemma is I've only got one brew fridge to control temperature. So, do I brew one only...
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    Weighing down fruits under the surface

    I want to make a cherry mead. And ideally, I want the cherries in a bag, so that they're fully submerged rather than floating in top. I was thinking of using ceramic baking beans, sterilise them, and putting them in the bag with the cherries to help weight down. Is this likely to work or...
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    First lager, bottle or secondary?

    I'm brewing my first lager, it was fermenting at 12c, I then raised the temp to 18.3c for 3 days for a diactyl rest just before it hit it's expected gravity. But, I now need to condition it at 3c for 4 weeks. Is it best to do this in a secondary or should I prime and bottle now and let it...
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    Which yeast to use?

    I'm going to make a batch of turbo cider using 4 litres of apple juice later and 2 litres of apple and mango juice (seems interesting, could be awful) My only issue is that I don't have any cider yeast and I can't find any near me (and I can't be bothered to order any online right now) So my...
  7. JonathanMSE

    Taste before conditioning.

    This afternoon I bottled a batch of beer which more or less followed the recipe for Biere De Garde in Greg Hughes' book. Although I used Belle Saison yeast rather than the recommended Yeast French Saison in the recipe. I fermented at 22c increasing slowly to 27c (the yeast says it's good to...
  8. JonathanMSE

    Bought the wrong hops. What to do?

    So... Being rather tired I accidentally bought 100g of comet hops. I've since bought the correct hop for my recipe. But now have 100g of comet to use up. My two thoughts are. 1) get some pale malt and use it for a SMASH. 2) mix up the leftover grain I have and have some kind of weird...
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    My first all grain brew!

    So, last night I did my first ever all grain brew. I didn't make the recipe myself, the kit I bought came with a kit of grain and hops. I won't buy a pre-packed recipe again, but for a first, why not, at least I know I should be getting something fairly good. My equipment is fairly simple...
  10. JonathanMSE

    Hello from Inverness

    Hey there, I thought I'd say hello. I've ventured back into the word of homebrewing, I used to homebrew using kits. And did a few other things like making mead, alcoholic ginger "beer" and turbo cider. I've done a couple of kits recently, but am going to try full mash brewing. I'm looking...
  11. JonathanMSE

    Homemade mash tun advice.

    I'm about to try my first all grain brew, the only piece of equipment that I don't have is a mash tun, so I made my own. It's a bit bodged together out of a fermenting bin, and then alternating layers of bubble wrap and silver foil. I ran a quick test filling it with 68c water for 90 mins. The...
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