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  1. MartinHaworth

    Glass vs Plastic Bottles for LT storage

    It's commonly held that for long term storage of our 'big' beers, we need to use glass rather than plastic. But is it true? I have in front of me two bottles of Dubbel beer, same batch, each one year old - one glass, one plastic. This afternoon I will open both / photograph / taste / comment...
  2. MartinHaworth

    Saison Stupidity (Yeast Comparison)

    A couple of months ago, I did a split batch and tested out 6 hefe yeasts. It was a bit of work but fun. So, I scratched my head - what could I do next? Hardy soul @keith1664 has put so much time and work into malt comparisons - brewing (I think) 8 separate batches from scratch - but I don't...
  3. MartinHaworth

    Customising Beer Glasses

    Need some help here. I'd like to customise some beer glasses for club use - nothing too complex, just a branded dated pint glass for the monthly beer swap winner, and a wooden spoon glass to take the **** out of the poor sod who came last! A bit of light internet research suggests that there...
  4. MartinHaworth

    Hefezeizen Yeast Exbeeriment (Norwich Amateur Brewers)

    NAB Proposed Exbeeriment – Hefeweizen Yeasts – exbeerimental design phase Aim: To compare performance and flavour of a range of yeasts in a hefeweizen. (brew 24l, split into 6 batches of 4l, ferment in demijohns) Recipe (basically James Morton Hefeweizen recipe) OG 1048 FG 1012 ABV 4.8%...
  5. MartinHaworth

    Norwich Amateur Brewers Base Malt Exbeeriment

    Background Early in 2020, @keith1664 (one of our number) hacked a 10lt tea urn, added a grain basket and wired in a grainfather connect controller. His aim was to have a piece of kit that could be used to quickly and simply make 5l of wort – to prototype beers, or to create beers for...
  6. MartinHaworth

    Adjusting Ion balance and alkalinity using HCl and H2SO4

    Hi Folks, Just ordered 2M HCl, and 1M H2SO4 from APC Pure (UK). Some of the folks in Norwich Amateur Brewers reckon on using these acids to reduce alkalinity and balance ions all in one go. Our water here has a residual alkalinity of c230ppm, and Cl c50ppm, SO4 c50pp, Ca 125ppm - general...
  7. MartinHaworth

    Problem with lack of head (recently changed to single vessel system)

    HI folks, Advice please. Recently moved from basic 3 vessel (tea urn, cool box, FV with kettle element) to a single vessel system (Brewmonk). I'm now not getting as much head as i used to. So: - anyone else experienced this - what solutions did you use - things to think about or try Best...
  8. MartinHaworth

    Medium attenuation, fruity, english, dry yeast for a low ABV mild

    Lost track of things, to discover I had agreed to brew a low abv mild for an upcoming event. Want medium to low attentuation to give body and keep abv down. So, S04 would be one option, windsor another.....recommendations please. Thanks MArtin
  9. MartinHaworth

    Minikeg Ball-lock Lid

    I use 19l cornies, but could do with some smaller solutions for events. 6.6l cornies are very expensive, so was wondering about minikegs combined with these ball-lock lids. They seem to vary in price from £20 to £50... Anyone here used them? Thanks Martin
  10. MartinHaworth

    BrewCon London Club Night

    Are any of you lot going to do this? <lots of different brewing clubs / offering sharing each others beers> Our team - Norwich Amateur Brewers - will be bringing lots of beer down on the train.... Martin
  11. MartinHaworth

    Cucumber and Lemonbalm

    Hi Folks, The September beer competition for Norwich Amateur Brewers will be on the theme of 'fruit'. I'm toying with the idea of doing something with cucumber and lemonbalm. Not got much further yet....... So, I'm thinking of a saison - light and refreshing. Not too much in the way of hops...
  12. MartinHaworth

    Hoteleleven - Robobrew £55? Too good to be true Came up on my facebook feed. Anyone know anything about them? I know, I know, if it looks too good to be true it probably is....but still.... Martin EDIT by Admin - Please read the full thread before you place an order. .
  13. MartinHaworth

    Beer Fault - Smoky Taste (not nose). Yeast?

    Brewed a Wit recently. Recipe attached. Wyeast 3944 Belgium Wit. Has turned out with a smoky aftertaste. No idea what caused it. One person who tasted it said it was probably the yeast. Any thoughts? Martin
  14. MartinHaworth

    Norwich Amateur Brewers Festival 8th June

    Hi Folks, After having a top time last year...we're doing it again. For now, get the date in your diaries. More details to follow but we can, beer talk, food, music. Coachmakers Arms Norwich. Cheers Martin
  15. MartinHaworth

    SMASH - good condition/mouthfeel/head

    Evening. At our local home brew club - Norwich Amateur Brewers - our next beer of the quarter has been chosen to be a SMASH. Brew a SMASH, any SMASH. Now, usually for mouthfeel and head retention, us brewers add a bit of this and a bit of that.....but that is forbidden. So, any tips for...
  16. MartinHaworth

    Mangrove Jacks Pilsner

    Running short for Christmas, so stuck a kit on whilst doing my AG honey porter. Liquid malt extract dosed with isomerized hop oil, 28g saaz, m54 lager yeast. Used cashback and brew enhancer. Chose to brew a little short. 20l at 1054. In fridge at 18C. Will hop at 7 days. New thread started...
  17. MartinHaworth

    Adding fruit to FV

    As detailed on my brew days thread, I'm about to add 4kg of raspberries to my saison. It's been in the FV for 5 days and gone front 1030 to 1003, in brew fridge at 29C. Belle saison. Never done this before. I plan to: Freeze the fruit Smash it up Defrost Add to FV Monitor the gravity over the...
  18. MartinHaworth

    Norwich Amateur Brewers Festival 2018

    A bunch of us brewers in Norwich and Norfolk are putting on a bit of a do. 2nd June. Coachmakers Arms. Something like 18 beers - all lovingly brewed by us lot. 1 keg of each. £12 entrance to 'the event' will enable you to sample thirds of a good range of the beers. There'll be food, music and...
  19. MartinHaworth

    Geterbrewed milky coffee stout

    I ordered this as an ingredient pack from geterbrewed. The ingredients were listed as follows. OG: 1.058 FG: 1.020 IBU: 23 ABV: Approx 5.1% Volume: 23 L • 5kg Weyermann Pale Malt • 650g of Bairds Chocolate Malt • 350g of Weyermann CaraWheat Malt • 150g of Black (Patent) Malt • 450g of Copper...
  20. MartinHaworth

    geterbrewed NEIPA kit

    Picked this up from the post office yesterday, and was looking forward to getting it on today. As you can see, it looks really interesting: 2x1.5kg mangrove jack light liquid malt Isomerised hop extract Cites, Galaxy,Mosaic hops 25g! Of new New England dry yeast I normally do AG, but this was...