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  1. Harbey

    First complete beer

    You've got the bug now. Say hello to lots of excuses and reasons why you need to just get that next bit of kit. But it's worth it for the excitement of tasting that latest brew.
  2. Harbey

    Upside down counterflow chiller.

    I can't see it would make much difference either tbh. What I have noticed, however, is that having it the 'right way around' gives much less room for manoeuvre when it comes to where you put the chiller and the pipework.
  3. Harbey

    Upside down counterflow chiller.

    Had my Grainfather for over 2 years now and brewed batch 42 today. Am I the only one to have the counterflow chiller upside down all this time? Not sure it makes a huge difference but I stumbled across this video (2:50) which clearly states it's one way and not the other. Oh well, let's hope...
  4. Harbey

    Coriander

    What the heck - I went for it. Just lightly toasted in a dry pan until the seeds started releasing a surprising strong orangey aroma. I didn't 'brown' them at all. I'll report back in a few weeks.
  5. Harbey

    Coriander

    Yeah, that's what I usually do. I was just pondering the idea and wondered if anyone had tried it. I've not seen it recommended anywhere but, well you know...
  6. Harbey

    Coriander

    Doing a wheat today with orange, Amarillo and coriander. Just wondering if anyone toasts their coriander seeds? If cooking with them, the advice would generally be to dry fry/toast whatever first to release the oils (I'm no expert here btw). I just wondered if anyone has tried this? I'm tempted...
  7. Harbey

    New Forum member map. (3-1-2021)

    Can I have a lonely little marker in Scarborough, please? YO12 No one very close to me over here but if anyone is ever on holiday...
  8. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    I'll not rush in. Just my initial enthusiasm kicking in. I've since watched a few more vids and this seems more of a practice if fermenting in a keg under pressure.
  9. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    So, in answer to my own question, I stumbled across this (11:14 onwards). Now this guy (dude) won't be to everyone's taste but I did find what he's saying about cutting an inch off the beer pipe makes sense. Too late for my current batch as I got that kegged yesterday but I may revisit if it's...
  10. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Great work pal. Can't wait to start pulling those pints.
  11. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    I'll be transferring the beer this weekend, possibly tomorrow, and then I guess about a week to get carbed so hopefully, I will be posting some findings and results next weekend. Please do let me know how you get on @jayk34 as we appear to be at a very similar stage in proceedings.
  12. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Well, I have 6m of 3/16 line for two kegs/taps. I am planning that eventually I'll have a pale on one and the other will be for a variety of other beer types (though generally higher carbed than the pale). I have looked at beer line calculators but there are such a lot of variables to consider...
  13. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Thanks all. @Cheshire Cat , so would you say start at about a metre and then reduce? And am I correct in thinking longer = less foam?
  14. Harbey

    Postage charges

    Another vote for CrossMyLoof. I buy all my speciality malts, hops and yeast from them. Fantastic service.
  15. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    So I managed to assemble all the parts (there seemed a lot of bits) and got kegs, gas and taps connected up yesterday. I need to check connections and do a bit of fettling still but I'm happy that I'm well on the way. I also have 20L of pale cold crashing so should be good to transfer by the...
  16. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Brilliant. Thanks for that. Looking forward to getting started and no doubt have more questions before long.
  17. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Thanks for the replies. So I'm correct in thinking that once the keg has carbed, I can serve some beer then remove it from the gas if needed?
  18. Harbey

    Another bloomin keg thread

    Sorry. I know there are plenty of keg threads out there already but I didn't want to muscle in on someone else's with my own questions. So far... 2 kegs, gas, taps etc all ready (well bought but not yet assembled). Brew done and in the fermenting fridge (although not started fermenting after...
  19. Harbey

    Double CO2 regulator

    Funnily enough, I was sourcing my gas today and the guy did ask about mixed gas or just co2. I've also ordered a stout spout for my taps - do these help at all?
  20. Harbey

    Hello! I'm new here and will need help!

    Bottling is a bit of a chore but once you've got your stock, just remember to give them a good rinse each time you drink one and then cover the opening with a piece of foil or similar and you only need to sanitise before refilling. Never caused me an issue anyway.
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