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  1. Begbie

    Chocolate Stout Fermentation Stuck

    Evening everyone. I'm having a bit of a 'mare tonight. It's bottling day and having never had an issue with stuck fermentations, went ahead and prepared my priming solution, sanitised all my equipment,- 5L mini keg, 30 bottles and bottle caps. As you know, that takes quite a while. Then I took a...
  2. Begbie

    Mini Nitrogen Regulator

    Hi all. Tried searching for this subject but couldn't find what I was looking for. Being a lover of Stouts and Porters, I've always wanted to be able to pour from my 5L mini kegs using nitrogen to get that smooth creamy texture. Well, I've suggested to the wife that santa could get me a mini...
  3. Begbie

    Help with John Guest Fitting Type

    Afternoon everyone. Need some help before I go demented! I'm going to buy a Sodastream bottle to dispense from my 5L mini keg. Been using 16g bulbs but I think I'll move up to the bigger bottle. I don't brew enough to justify anything bigger than that! I have a universal mini regulator like the...
  4. Begbie

    Irish Moss - Have I Made a Mistake?!

    Hi everyone. Had a bit of thick moment earlier - I brewed an Erdinger type clone this morning, but habit got the best of me and I added Irish Moss at 5mins (I usually brew stouts and IPA's) - no sooner had it hit the water, when I slapped my forehead in true Homer style, but said something worse...
  5. Begbie

    Under-primed - Advice Required

    Evening everyone! Bottled my pimped-up MYO Irish Stout last night and had an 'oh feck' moment today, when, out of the blue, I realised that I'd under-primed. 🤦🏼‍♂️ I batch primed for 17 x 500ml bottles @ 4g per bottle, but I got a yield of 28 bottles. Don't ask! So, instead of 4g of sugar per...
  6. Begbie

    Best Commercial Mead?

    Hope it's OK to ask this question, but what are people's thoughts on the best commercial mead in the UK? Something up to the value of £20. I've made que a few home brew meads in the past year but the only commercial one that I've tried is the Lymebay Black Cherry Mead. I just want a comparison...
  7. Begbie

    Honig Klause Heidenau

    While browsing the 'net for brewing stuff to buy, I came across this brand of Mead. A search on the forums here produced zero results. They have about 8 different flavours and at £15.99 a bottle, I'd expect a decent mead. Has anyone tried them?
  8. Begbie

    Horse Racing Night

    Hope someone can help me out here. My father-in-law turns 80 in a couple of weeks, and as he's a keen horse racing fan, we'd like to have a wee race night for him at his house. Are any of you aware of free online horse racing games that we can put on the laptop/tv? I did think about just...
  9. Begbie

    The Range MYO Irish Stout

    Afternoon everyone! This is my first attempt at a beer kit and I'm at the carbing stage just now, 6 days in. The bottles are very firm, almost solid, so the demerara sugar priming is doing its thing. I've read many threads on here with hints and tips for these kits but I don't think I've seen...
  10. Begbie

    Volatile Hibiscus

    Note to self, and anyone else that is making, or about to make a hibiscus mead... Since my first hibiscus mead, which was a Viking Blood clone, I discovered that these meads foam up quite a bit and a blowoff tube is always required for the first few days of fermentation. Well tonight, I took...
  11. Begbie

    Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Clone

    I've made this wine following a recipe on the WOW thread - thread number 52 by Wino2012. I followed the recipe to the letter, except the yeast - I used D47. Checked it tonight - FG of 0.996. Its done. But, it's very bland. Not the zingy taste of a Sauvignon Blanc. Maybe not using the yeast...
  12. Begbie

    Youngs Wine Finings - Storage

    Evening everyone! I opened the two sachets of youngs wine finings about a month ago to clear a demijohn of mead. I used about a fifth of each sachet as I only needed 1 gallon to be cleared and the sachets are good for 5 gallons. The remainder of each sachet was kept in an empty glass miniature...
  13. Begbie

    Amount of Honey in UK Gallon

    Hello all, I've made 5 different batches of mead so far in my new hobby of mead making. With each recipe I've followed, I'm sure they're all to US gallon measures. So, where a recipe asks for 3lbs of honey, should I be scaling that up to suit an Imperial gallon? What do you guys do?
  14. Begbie

    JOAM Clearing

    Hello all, need some advice please! I racked my JAOM to secondary after 10 weeks - when the fruit dropped and the mead was fairly clear. However I picked up some sediment in the racking process and my secondary didn't clear after another 3 weeks, despite being in my attic at temperatures of...
  15. Begbie

    Wilko 12" Thermometer

    Hi everyone. Sorry if this has already been posted, but I've had a search and can't see any posts. Tried to buy a replacement 12" thermometer (snapped my other one in two) from Wilko Scarborough yesterday, only to be told that they are now discontinued. I've since ordered one online but its...
  16. Begbie

    Hi Everyone!

    I've experimenting with mead at the moment and may break into wine and beer if all goes well. I've been doing a lot of research on this and other forums, as well as Youtube videos. Soooo much info to absorb! Anyway, I've just bottled my first traditional, backsweetened mead and have a Joe's...