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  1. DCBC

    Wort cooling

    It must be possible. If your kitchen tap is relatively modern with an aerator then you have a thread you can get started with. This is my brewery tap, it's a bit Heath Robinson but I have: - The bit at the top where the black band is is where the aerator would screw on - Instead I have screwed...
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    National insurance.

    Thank you so much! That would be amazing - we've done a fair bit of research but it feels at the moment like trying to untangle a knot where you can't even find the ends.
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    S-04 yeast - funky aftertaste...?

    I always get marzipan from S-04. It's not unpleasant but I've never made a crisp, balanced beer using it. It always seems a little sweet and flabby.
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    National insurance.

    Interestingly, for us, it's France if we could make it work, Scotland if not! I speak French but wife doesn't so it would be isolating for her, notwithstanding the tax, healthcare and pension issues. I don't want to derail a thread but it would be great to hear about your...
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    National insurance.

    An Ankoù, especially in light of the current UK political situation I am extremely jealous of you living in France. My wife and I would love to make the move but it's looking so much harder post-Brexit.
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    National insurance.

    Levelling up my @rse
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    What are you reading ?

    Just finished Day of the Jackal, which was a lot of fun. Currently reading a History of God by Karen Armstrong. I don't have an scrap of religious belief but it's a fascinating insight into how the 'God' of Christianity, Judaism and Islam came into being and how worship has changed over the...
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    Best method to clear beer

    Interesting post, I have never tried brewer's clarex, is it easy to use and does it do anything else to the beer? In reply to @Fletch, I think 15 mins for protafloc is too long. The way it works, as I understand it (and I only understand it in really simple terms) is that the positively...
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    Yeast Nutrient

    I use bread yeast as nutrient whenever I brew with kveik (last 5 mins of the boil)
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    Is capitalism exploiting you?

    bee.. beer? what sort of a forum do you think this is?
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    Is capitalism exploiting you?

    Thank you! I don't expect everyone to agree but it's pretty much my world view.
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    Is capitalism exploiting you?

    There have been some interesting posts in this thread in the last 24 hours so I thought I would post a few follow-up things: Regarding the idea that all the stands between the 'sheep' who have to work for others and the brave visionaries who go out on their own is a little courage and...
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    Is capitalism exploiting you?

    Thanks :) I wasn't meaning to make it that long, still, I don't wade into these sorts of debates much so I've just been saving up my words maybe!
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    Is capitalism exploiting you?

    I have a huge amount of time and respect for Prof Wolff and I have been following his Economic Update podcast for a few years now. I don't expect many in this forum to agree especially given some of the debates there have been recently but my 2 cents anyway! The problem with the (very...
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    Recomendation for Water Analysis

    Good question - FWIW there is some variability and indeed when I got my sample tested we were in the middle of a major drought and water shortage. I was concerned that the ions would be more concentrated or something (!) and/or that TW would be getting top-up water from other sources. In the...
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    Recomendation for Water Analysis

    I'm in South Oxfordshire and I paid for a Murphy's test, which was quick and easy and detailed, but the main thing is taught me was just how incredibly accurate the latest Thames Water report for my area was, so I will just rely on Thames Water from now on.
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    A good number of fridges are rated to +10 to+43 degrees which should be fine for a garage even if they don't specifically say they are rated for an unheated outbuilding. These are SN-T class I think. I use a garden office to brew and ferment with a £100(ish) panel heater, and also a solar...
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    Kveik Yeast in American Amber Ale

    Please do let us know how this turns out! I made my fave American amber (with lots of Columbus) last year with Lallemand Voss and it was a bit disappointing to be honest. The voss thinned out the lovely malty backbone and made it a bit one-dimensional. Hope yours works out better.
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    Brewing two beers this weekend... but only have one brew fridge.

    It's been mentioned but I would definitely go down the saison route. I brewed for the Malt Miller / Elusive wit competition a couple of weeks ago but my kit won't comfortably handle less than 30L, I only (currently) have 20L fermentation chamber space and I didn't really want 30L of witbier...
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    My Claim to Fame

    I was in the first Harry Potter film as an extra. You can see the side of my head (blurry) for about 0.00002 nanoseconds.