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  1. jceg316

    Ghent. Anybody been?

    I went to Ghent for the weekend a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. It's a nice picturesque town with a Cathedral and canal yet not terribly touristy. Nice cafes and bars to get good Belgian beer at, and I remember we went ot this beer shop with hundreds of different beers available. I thought...
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    I can picture the logic in my head but I won't be in front of a pc until tomorrow night to actually try it out. I'll PM you about it.
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    I'm sorry about this. It might be the bottle they opened was a dud, and judges are supposed to crack open a second if they think there's a problem with the first, but I've observed they don't always do this. I've had your beer before and I know it's really good. There's a good element of luck...
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    I came third in sour and funky beers with a score of 39. I'm so happy with this!
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    It’s time using Kviek

    I don't think I've ever used a blow off tube and don't remember having problems any different from regular yeast. I tend to use farmhouse kveiks. Good luck! Do you know what type of kveik you're going for and in what type of beer?
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    I'm kegging mine tomorrow, I'm in.
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    Do we know when the results get posted online? Edit: just went on LAB website and tomorrow they will be posted. And congratulations to everyone who has won, placed or has an honourable mention!
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    Good luck everyone, I think I'll wait to see what feedback I get before posting 😂. I would do a swap but I finished this batch of beer. Have fun whoever is going down there today.
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    I'm having a series of setbacks with my saison. I wanted to transfer it to keg at the beginning of the week, but realised my tubing was last used for a Brett/sour beer and is now dedicated to wild beers. I don't seem to have any other tubing to fit my syphon (I somehow have multiple syphons but...
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    Unfortunately I won't be able to judge anymore and won't be down that weekend. I'm still entering though.
  11. jceg316

    April Competition - Lagers

    great! have fun judging this weekend and I look forward to the feedback!
  12. jceg316

    Corn Syrup

    Thanks for your replies. I thought it was just dextrose, but wondered if there was anything else in corn syrup to give it any added flavours. When I started home brewing my sister gave me this book which has some great recipes in. It's quite dated though and made for an American audience. I'm...
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    Corn Syrup

    I have a recipe calling for corn syrup, I've not looked online yet but can't find it in the shops. Would golden syrup be suitable replacement? I'd rather not buy online as it's probably one of those things which is cheap enough, but with P&P becomes expensive for just 500g. In 7 years I've...
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    LAB Open Competition - (results are in)

    I'll probably drop mine off in person, get a couple of beers whilst I'm there. Hammerton are a top brewery.
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    Labelling kegerator taps

    I have a standard chest freezer which I use as a white board. I drew a grid on with a sharpie and wrote a beer menu in drywipe marker pens.
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    25°C. It can go up to 29 apparently.
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    It's called Farmhouse but seems to only have a single saccharomyces strain. According to the Wyeast website there should be a stronger flavour more like a saison, with some tartness. I will try a warmer fermentation next time.
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    Mine has reached FG surprisingly quick! It could probably do with a but more time for the yeast to clean up, but is tasting pretty decent already. I'm really looking forward to it! I'm using WY3727, I made a litre starter from a massively out of date pack, fermented at 25c. It's currently...
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    Scwarzbier, to Steep, Add at Mashout or sparge?

    I recently made a schwarzbier, best one I've made yet and I added the grains just before sparging. My dark grains were a mix of chocolate and black, and there is no astringency. If you go by the BJCP definition of schwarzbier then the "dark" flavours are subtle and putting them in the mash will...
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    May Brew and Swap - Saison

    Thanks. I want most the flavour to come from the yeast. The Chinook is homegrown so has a different character to American grown Chinook. More earthy with some resinous flavours, but there more to add dimension to the yeast phenols & esters. I don't wanna hold everyone up so if mine is not done...
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