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  1. samale

    Christmas beer swap

    I see in other threads forum member's starting to brew beers that will be ready for Christmas. @strange-steve normally sorts the Christmas beer swap. It's one part of the forum that I personally really enjoy. Hopefully Steve returns but it doesn't look likely. Would anyone consider stepping in...
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    July 2021 competition- Belgian Beers

    This is the first time Belgian beer's have been allocated its own monthly competition slot. I am really looking forward to judging this, judging will be on the last weekend of July starting on the 30th. I am hoping for a good wide variety of styles, this could be anything from a single up to a...
  3. samale

    Lunch atop a skyscraper.

    Is this picture real. I seen some debate on it. I would be physically sick if I was up that high. Holding on like a cat crying my eye's out
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    I regularly swap beer on the forum. Currently I use royal mail second class to post a small parcel. It's usually 3.20 for under 2kg. I have started to use PET bottles if possible as it cuts the weight down. So if I was looking to post 5 or 6 glass bottles in one shipment what is the best and...
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    How to clean your beer glass

    It's simple how do you clean your favourite beer glass. Long story short I poured a beer tonight into my favourite glass and I could tell it wasn't clean. I could hear and see the head bubbling. I know from working in a bar this is down to grease on the glass. So the question is what's the best...
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    October Dark Month

    I have been looking forward to this. This will be my first time being a judge, under normal circumstances I would of have had people to help me. Guess what, I am going to have soldier through this by myself. I will do my best do give you detailed feedback. Please could you give as much detail as...
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    A level exam's predicted grades

    Any other house waiting on A level result's. My son got A*,A,B in his mocks and got down graded to B,B,B. My sister's a teacher as well, her school grades are way of the predicted grades. One pupil went from a predicted B to a D grade.
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    WLP 066 London Fog yeast

    Hi I currently have an English style IPA on using London fog yeast. I was planning a hazy IPA next. What other beer styles have people brewed using this yeast. I see mixed reviews on line with regards to its attenuation, it states 65-70% on the yeast spec sheet. Some people are reporting 85%...
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    Home made soup recipes

    I enjoy making soup for my two younger children. I normally make a good pot of carrot and lentil soup every second week. This also freezes well. It's really easy, I don't blend it as I like it the way it is. My mum used to make a really good vegetable soup with shin beef. I can't seem to make...
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    Bergamot Holden weisse

    I got the brew dog book and this recipe is in it and it sounds like something I would like, has anyone tried it. I have not heard of bergamot lemon, could I use normal lemon as a substitute.
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    ProvOak US style T90 pellets

    Has anyone used these for something like an imperial stout. ' ProvOak is a homogenous mixture of hop and wood powder pelletized as a standard pellet type 90. This US version has intense, sweet hop aroma – paired with the typical heavy notes of toasted oak casks, Red Berries, Vanilla, Bourbon...
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    What yeast for an imperial stout

    I am looking to brew my first imperial stout and was looking at different yeasts. I plan to aim for around 10%. I am open to any ideas or methods. I brew biab so I plan a reiterated mash plus maybe some form of sugar. I have some Voss kviek but have had mixed results so maybe looking at a dry...
  13. samale

    Auto Syphon

    What's the reviews on the auto Syphon I was thinking about upgrading.
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    Diluting wort

    Last night I did a brew. My starting gravity is 1.060 which if it finishes at close to 1.010 will give me a 6.5% beer. I have 21 litres of wort. Many litres would I need to dilute by to have a starting gravity of 1.052 giving me a 5.5% beer. I have tried the calculation but I don't want to mess...
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    Nice stout recipe

    Hi I am the hunt for a good stout recipe. I have never managed a really stand out stout. Looking at 23 litre brew. Looking a nice smooth finish. Plan to put it on and let it sit until Christmas. Cheers
  16. samale

    First time using Belgian ale yeast

    I have been brewing a fair bit of time. First time trying a Belgian ale yeast. It was cml. I went for a recipe with what I had 4kg base malt 500g cara-munich 1 50g sladek flameout 50 sladek dry hop after 5 days I am struggling with the taste. It's only two weeks in the bottle it's just not...
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    Activators in craft beer glasses

    I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to glasses.. probably comes from working in bars as a student. Some of the newer craft beer glasses have activators in them. Is this normal I was under the impression that the activator effected the aroma. Not sure if that's true.
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    Clarity ferm for gluten free beer

    Hi This probably has been discussed before but I was planning on treating a normal all grain pale ale recipe with clarity ferm. My sister is gluten intolerant and I would like her to try my beer. Has anyone any experience using clarity ferm. I understand how to use it. The question is more does...
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    Finally signed up

    Hi after watching and reading a lot of posts on the forum I have finally signed up. I have been brewing for going on 5 years. I started of on kit beer and moved to all grain after about a year. Currently I am brewing using biab. If I was to describe my brewing it would be loose. I have never...