Brewbuddy Lager (Yawn...)

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    Robsparky99

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    So had an old tin of brewbuddy Lager that had just gone out of date, so decided it was time to get it made up.

    Batch size: 23 litres

    Additions: 1kg Muntons brew enhancer + 370g Meridian barley malt. Will be adding 3 limes worth of peel at about 10 days.

    Yeast: CML California common

    Water: Tesco everyday value/Ashbeck

    Hops: 25g Hallertaue Hersbrucker (at 10 days)

    OG: 1040

    Pitching Temp: 20.3C

    Usual way of making using 2 1/2 litres of boiling/hot water used to dissolve the brew enhancer and wash can out. Then used chilled bottled water to bring the temp down ready to pitch. Lots of stirring!
     
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    What is it with the Ashbeck water? Is it softer, harder, tastier, cheaper?
     
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    I had some ashbeck left over from when our water was turned off last week, due to a leak. Usually I use the value stuff at 17p per 2 litre bottle. I find for the money its easier to chill it and use and I know its not got any nasties in it.

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    It's got low levels of carbonate and other minerals. I have hard tap water so use ashbeck to mix with it to avoid having use too much acid to reduce carbonate
     
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    Ah okay. Water here is softest in the country so that's why I add bottled water too. After the boil, to chill :)
     
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    Have you ever added peel during fermentation before? I did it recently and unless it ages out it's baaaad. I did a jaffa cake beer and had peel in the boil, wort tasted lovely chocolate orange, then it died off during fermentation so I stuck a load of peel in and man alive it tasted like kissing an Oompa-Loompa with a mouth full of orange bubble bath in a spray tan salon lit with orange scented candles.

    It'll be ready to try in a few weeks and I'm not saying it'll be wrong but at bottling - it was all out wrong.
     
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    Nope not tried it before. I always try to sift through the internet to find out more info, but I like to try things for myself to believe it. A few people said to soak it in vodka beforehand to sterilise it and then chuck the whole lot in!
     
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    This one has had about 4 months in the bottle now and ultimately I don't really like it. That's not to say its undrinkable, some people will probably love it, but I find its a bit too 'home brewey' Australianish lager (not really refreshing). The lime flavour comes through, but doesn't over power, other than that it a generic home brew lager taste and look. Hops were a waste of time.

    Wouldn't bother with this one again, will be dishing this out at chrimbo to get shot of it.
     
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    Get some cider and some blackcurrant cordial and revisit your youth. :laugh8:
     

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