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  1. Rento

    Dark rock brewing kits…..

    are fantastic! I’ve just finished my second kit keg, first was Aussie pale ale and then was Citra pale ale. Both done with their brew enhancer And fast carb’d. they were polished off in 1 day each with friends at different garden parties! I usually do all grain, but being short on time I...
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    G30/G40 counterflow chiller…

    Hi, I messed up tonight on my first G40 brew….basically I managed to pitch my yeast into 45 degree wort! A bit of a brain fart after a really smooth brew day on a really cool piece of kit! So I set the water to around 1l per minute flow as advised and after what seemed like ages I read on...
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    Controversial? Where’s all the good Yorkshire beers?

    I was at Tan Hill Inn last weekend with a mate, party as it’s a great motorbike run from Edinburgh and partly for the beer and atmosphere of the pub. We had a good few pints, deliberately picking local or English ales and to be honest we were both bitterly disappointed! Out of the 7 or so (we...
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    Burco/Cygnet boiler sparging….

    Hi, I read somewhere that somebody has managed to push a piece of silicon hose over the original tap of their burco or cygnet boiler. Now I’ve receive my G40 I, going to use my cygnet for small test batches and as a sparge water heater and rather than use a jug I’m thinking use a hose to...
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    Glasgow CO2

    Hi, Who are folk using in Glasgow for CO2? I’m setting up a kegerator for my brother. I use Lothian gas supplies in Livingston who are great, but looking for somewhere similar in Glasgow. I tried Sig who are hobby brew suppliers but they are crazy expensive! Ideally it would be a 3kg...
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    Large (double batch) Fermentation Vessels?

    Hi, I have just purchased a G40 and although I’ll mainly stick with 19l batches I’m going want to go bigger to supply my brothers who have got a thirst for my homebrew! Currently I use 30l FV’s in my converted fermentation fridge, but for double 40l batches (and 30l batches) I’m looking for n...
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    Small batch in a Burco/Cygnet boiler

    Hi, I’ve got a 30l Cygnet boiler I use for BIAB, the smallest batch I currently do is 10l. I’m thinking about doing some 5l batches for experimenting, does anyone do that in this size of boiler? Other than the Temp likely cooling quickly when mashing and a high boil off rate anything else I...
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    Brewstore closing

    I see that Edinburgh Brewstore are closing. I used their recipe service a lot and it was handy for collection. Are there any other local options? (please move if this is the wrong forum)
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    Very low efficiency..not sure why!

    I’m looking for some advice, I BIAB and usually get fairly good efficiency of between 70 and 80%. I’d did a Hefe clone the other night and only got 60% which is rather low. The recipe was: 1.8kg golden promise 2kg wheat malt 130g Munich malt. I mashed at around 67c and as I don’t take a pre...
  10. Rento

    Crossmyloof hop extracts

    Has anyone got experience of the Crossmyloof hop extracts? I was wondering what they are like, how to use and general thoughts to mix up pale ales and ipas to add variety. R
  11. Rento

    1 can kit with no additions to make low abv beer?

    I’m looking for folks views.....I’ve got a 1.8kg Wilko Feeling Hoppy IPA that I’m thinking about brewing to 19l with no additional fermentables to get a low alcohol beer. My thinking is that brewing sugar only adds to abv so it should taste OK. I may also dry Hop with whatever interesting I’ve...
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    Fridge painting

    Hi, For those who have painted their fridge with blackboard paint... Have you done any prep or primer? can you use liquid chalk pens? Is rustoleum chalk board paint cold for the job? Does the finish last? Thanks R
  13. Rento

    Rento’s Brew.....evening!

    I‘ve only done a few all grain (BIAB) after years of messing with kits, but thought I’d share my setup and fast 3 hour brew day as it’s my 2nd batch of a fab cascade pale ale.....my wife and neighbours forced me to do another batch! 10l batch 2kg Maris otter pale 200g Crystal 70 20g Cascade at...
  14. Rento

    When to add the wort chiller?

    Hi, I’ve been playing around with my setup as I want to reduce steam venting in my garage. I recently rigged up a DIY extractor out of a bathroom shower vent which works great, but I’ve had to make the canopy tight to the top of the kettle. This makes it a PIA to put the wort chiller in at the...
  15. Rento

    N2/CO2 Stout - setup

    Hi, I’m looking for advice from those who have an N2/CO2 setup for their stouts. How have you got it setup? I’ve been playing around but I’m interested in those who have tried and tested process and setup! My main questions are: How do you carb your stout? I.e fast, let it sit, pressures...
  16. Rento

    Half fill a cornie?

    Hi, I’m putting on a coopers craft kit soon which comes out at about 9 ish litres. if I keg it in one of my 19 litre cornies is there anything I need to consider compared to filling full as I normally do? I guess I’ll need to purge more to clear air, but will the 10 litres of head space cause...
  17. Rento

    Willamette dry hop in Stout?

    I’ve got a Coopers Irish Stout brewed short to 21l just about finished fermenting, it is tasting lovely out of today’s test jar but wondering if I should dry hop? I’ve got about 50g of Willamette pellets I can use left from my last amber ale, but should I? I read they will work well in a stout...
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    Cornie keg maintenance schedule?

    I’m interested in how often folk service their kegs? I’ve never done my recon kegs with about 6 brews each and never had any problems. Ok I‘ve replaced a leaking lid seal but thats it. I also just brush clean and rinse out a few times with hot water after each brew, pop in couple of litres of...
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    DIY adapter for pressurising kegs.....

    Hi, I’m looking for advice and ideas as I’ve been Googling all night and my head hurts! The background is that I use corny kegs with ball locks and have loads of spare fittings and bits, use beer gas, but also have S30 valves in the kegs for parties and to make it easier to pressurise for...
  20. Rento

    Suremix 60

    looking for advice.... I have been using cornies for a while with s30 co2 and recently got a large fresh BOC Suremix 60 cylinder from a restaurant that was closing down. I understand it’s a 60% co2 and 40% N2 mix. Can anyone advise on how to use this and what I need in terms of a regulator to...
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