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Brewing the recipe you helped me with as we speak. Hit a pre boil gravity of 1.053 which is just above the 1.052 OG you calculated for me.

Hopstand combination smells delightful. Like citrusy sweetshop. Will update once I have finished with actual OG but happy so far.
How did your brewday go? Did you really mean pre-boil gravity? (the gravity after mashing, but before boiling?) In that case you might end up with a higher ABV beer ;-)
 

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How did your brewday go? Did you really mean pre-boil gravity? (the gravity after mashing, but before boiling?) In that case you might end up with a higher ABV beer ;-)
I did! And to add further fuel the fire, what went into the FV was 1.060 😂
 

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That means you have an 86 percent mash efficiency - quite a bit higher than mine. If you really want to get a predictable FG I would advise to look at some brewing software like Brewfather, and dail in your equipment. I think the free version allows you to make up to 10 recipes.

In this case it means that you will have a 6.5 percent ABV beer instead of 5.5. I don't see any big problems there :beer1:
 

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That means you have an 86 percent mash efficiency - quite a bit higher than mine. If you really want to get a predictable FG I would advise to look at some brewing software like Brewfather, and dail in your equipment. I think the free version allows you to make up to 10 recipes.

In this case it means that you will have a 6.5 percent ABV beer instead of 5.5. I don't see any big problems there :beer1:
Yeah I dont mind I tend to find I dont want to drink more than 2 or 3 of this style anyway so no worries if it's a bit more bang for buck. I like the slightly stronger end if the scale.

I did consider adding some water in the FV just to eke out another few bottles but decided not to mess with the flavour this time.
 

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Tropical IPA smelling good and not far off FG. It's going to get the full time in the FV though as I have no time to bottle it next week. Dry hopping will happen middle of next week. So far it does taste and smell how I imagined it though.

Next batch of grain ordered for a Heather Ale which will use up the EKG in my freezer making it a cheap brew. Just need to try and find some Bog Myrtle locally....

Lastly, my weissbier. Cracked into that over the last couple of nights and it's good. Firdt one I felt was watery tasting but the Mrs loved it. Remedied that by getting a bit more of the yeast into it. It now has a bit more body and that nice beady banana flavour. Will buy a bottle of Weihenstephaner today for another comparison with the real deal I think but I am haply with it and a bonus that it's ready to drink once carbed.
 

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Tropical IPA bottled lastnight. Looking forward to this one being ready to drink.

Next brew is almost ready to go just need to make a yeast starter. Going for a Heather Ale. Only issue is all the heather round about me is a bit dry looking and it's supposed to be "flowering". Hopefully it still imparts some flavour. Have been unable to locate bog myrtle so will just have to do without that this time
 

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Brewing the Fraoch today.

One observation..... 150 grams of heather is a lot!!! Have stripped the neighbours heather barenof flowers and still need to go back for another 50 grams!!

One question I need help with.... How long should I leave the wort in the boiler for flame out additions to add flavour before transferring to FV for cooling?
 

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Fraoch down to 1.010 after only 4 days for a 6.038% ABV. Despite the warm weather hopefully this means I can knock the heater off and give it a good few days for all the nonsense to settle down to the bottom. Tastes quite nice. I would say more malty than hoppy at this moment and unsire if I can taste the heather itself but we will see.
 

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Brewing a Greg Hughes 60 Shilling today. And as is traditional for my brewday, I have already had a problem. Broke my fermentation jar lastnight so no yeast starter.

Will just have to pitch direct and hope for the best. I am intending this to be less than 4% though so hopefully the yeast will be up to the task. Brewing this as a Father's Day gift for my FIL and feeling less than enthusiastic over it tbh.
 

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Ended up doing two consecutive brews today. 60 followed by Roggenbier.....

The good..... Happy with the performance of my wort chiller. What a time save that was.

The bad.... Welded some proper scorching onto the bottom of my boiler.

Had an absolute mare transferring the Roggenbier. The break material seemed to hang the middle and chased my siphon tube around. Going through a hopfilter into the FV which clogged immediately meaning I had to scrap at it with my spoon to get the liquid through and most of the s**t went with it anyway.

Is there a thread on avoiding break material and hops going into the FV because I am at a loss with it.
 

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Quiet couple of week.... Bottled my 60 shilling a few days back and will bottle the Roggenbier tomorrow. Point of interest with that as I am trying Lallemand CBC1 for bottling which I am led to believe will assist clarity. I am also trying to re use one of the wee 5 litre mini kegs I was given.

Next up is a repeat of of my tropical IPA then I am planning to brew a lager at summer temps using either Kveik Oslo or CML Ubbe. Both promise lager performance at ale temps. If anyone has any idea which is better I am all ears but Ubbe at half the price plus free delivery seems like a good place to start.
 

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AG new number 10 for me today and the first time iv really deviated much from a recipe. Iv taken pretty much the grain bill from the GH Mexican Cerveza with Pilsner, Carapils and Maize, and used a Czech lager hop bill of 3 Saaz additions. Also trying to ferment "warm" with CML help yeast to see how clean a lager I can get with no brew fridge. My garage floor will keep it hopefully lower than ambient, currently sitting at 15 degrees. Would be happy to run it at that.

Basically I am aiming for a Heverlee type lager based on nothing g other than knowing it has Maize and Saaz in it.
 
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