Bri's 2018 brewing attemps :-)

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  1. Apr 6, 2018 #1

    Manxnorton

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    Hallo all,
    back from illness..(again) thought could aply call the next brew F8*% off Grim Reaper..
    but i'll bea
    have my sel lol.
    cut a long story short all my brewing kit was passed over to my pal, and I'm starting off fresh.
    one of I fancy to make is my version of the Badger Fursty Ferret clone.
    20l batch.
    3.47kg marris otter
    445g crystal 60 or 80L
    222g flaked maize
    350g Red x (why not lol)
    12g Challenger @ 60mins
    whilfloc @ 15mins
    12g EKG @ 10mins
    12g fuggles @10mins
    48g Ekg Dry hop 4 days
    24g tangerine peel @ 5mins
    west Yorkshire yeast
    est ABV 5.1%

    like all my brewdays all can change.......but it feels good being back in the saddle again...
    any remarks be appreciated...bad ones even hahaha!!!
    ALB
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    Nice one Bri! Tangerine peel....at least you’re getting one of your 5 a day...
     
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    Good to have you back Bri!
     
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    "Any remarks"? Right, even before you touch anything beery knock that "attempts" business out yer head. You don't "attempt" ... you "do".

    How about "Bri's 2018 brewing workouts :-)"?

    :cool:
     
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    Nice to see you back Bri. That's the spirit, Give him the BIG FAT FINGER!!
     
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    Well since you ask.. imho simplify the gran bill go Pale malt and perhaps a 1/4 of the suggested cornflakes ( but only if u jel em first - soak/heat over 85c) and then add in some oat husks/rice hulls to help with the drainage

    Then double the long boil hops, and forget the fruit peel you found in your dressing gown pocket from Boxing day ;)

    yeast wise i would suggest US-05 to finish cleanly and quickly so you can drink while the late hop additions remain fresh,..

    Aim for 3.7-4% abv and you should have a quaffable crisp light coloured summer ale that wont knock you out when you have a 2nd to taste after quenching a thirst with the first.

    But you know i like my beers simple Bri.. However you go with it have a grand day at the brewface and take a few snaps as you go as you know we lurve the pics..
     
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  7. Apr 10, 2018 #7

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    hallow lads,
    hi Fil I see ya on the peel thing...but not tried cornflakes.
    so I should see what happens.
    I must admit ive been putting hulls in a brew, n it was brilliant. was p'd off with blocking.
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 3.7-4%!!! I know I don't drink much but when I do I want the "drink for effect!"
    not saying a 15% a pint or bottle....just 5.-7%
    I never went for a session beer or lager or a small % alcohol.....I never did n ill never do it....just old habit.
    if I brew for the lads I don't mind the % ABV....just like the two brews I got lined up for the lads up Scotland...a Bock and a altbeir.
    should keep them happy.
    mind as I get older and not being a legend we drink! a summer ale might fettle me....n I might be able to sup all day.......in the heat of summer..hmmmmmm say no more about the weather.

    have you any new setups pal...just remember :-)
    Bri
     
  8. Apr 14, 2018 #8

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    14/04/18
    Altbeir 20l
    order for today me thinks
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    nearly finished do-in take my time we this.
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    good old recirculation
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    the mash went great..the boil good.
    mind I wanted to chill..but decided not...into the cubes n then tidy n clean.
    bang on the money for 6.30% ABV lol
    it is going to Scottish bikers....drink for effect.
     
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    Lookin Good Bri..
     
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    Thx Fil,
    I was going to do an massive write up for this...but got knackered lol.
    like I said yesterday i was up on calculations...volume, SG readings and turned out with nearly 23l instead of 20 with the same % ABV.
    cant be bad.
    pitched the yeast a bit ago.
    feel funny not having my 'Comfort blanket' the ferm fridge lol.
    old school cooling n heating...
    lataz pal
    bri
     
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    First reading....1.010.
    the taste is smooth, no after bitterness at all.
    a hint of banana tbh...but the high ABV shines through lol. 6.4%
    no off smells or baddys.....
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    nice colour
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    hit the 1.010 reading after 6 days...
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    thx all
    Bri
     
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    hallow everbody.
    i'm bit crap at keeping up we my brewdays, let alone documenting them.
    so yesterday I brewed a 10l batch o fursty fettet.
    go big shakes on the brewday....but the brew was stuggling ta get up to temp...
    using the small pipe work.
    it managed at 99c.....never mind it worked.
    today....
    a 24l maple/cream ale type of thing..
    smell is emazing...
    I'm using a stepped mash..so I see how it turns out.
    like all my 'seat of the pants' brews ill not tell you the recipe until ive tinkered..lol
    might re use the spent grains.....not sure atm...mind I ve got time..our lass is away.
    this brew is tinkering we grains ive used b4..n some I haven't.
    caramalt for instance.
    with a 5.8kg bill, the mash was prefect tbh...slow how I like it..plenty of husks ta help drainage.
    pH was crap....normally hit the mark..ohh well not the end of the day!
    looking a 5.1% brew...maybe less coz this brew is mine to sup...mind 24l is going ta last me ages...
    as always a few pics work well in a thread lol
    pre setting up.
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    DPD delivery on going...strike water n sparge.
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    the re-use of grains TBC...
    bri
     
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    Glad to see you're still at it Bri :cheers7:
     
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    Nice one Bri, im still reeling from the idea of a 6kg grainbill for a 11l brew ;)

    Because your brewing strong beers, if your boiling with the g/f sat on the floor?? you may want to get 2x shorth lengths of 2x4" or 2x3" to sit the machine on as this will give you the ability to slip a hand in and under to hit the reset button IF you ever trip the over-temperature switch/protection..

    Hope you never need to use it but if you do it sure beats the prospect of lifting a full hot kettle or hugging it and sliding it to the edge of the worktop like i did (OUCH-hot hot hot!!!!) imho thats not a great design feature placing the element (thermal switch) reset dead centre in the base :)
     
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    morning all,
    after 9.5hrs the last thing I thought boot was the thermal switch tbh!!!ha! ha! out of mind n all that..if you know what I mean lol
    the cream ale went as smooth as...plenty of drainage and hit OG 1.050.
    I'm still on the fence with stepped mash schedule mind..
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    now this small batch!!! it really tested what brian cell I have left!!..
    getting a low abv batch after the hrs spent tbh! FOR ME..not worth the effort and time..got eventually a low 3.9%...12l in the fv.
    trial n error and I think at least ive tried it tbh.
    so got 2 x small batches in the tall fringe, and a large (24l) batch in the chest freezer chamber..all bubblin away nicly.
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    A quick sample of the 1# fursty last nite..one hand pouring is a PITA..
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    all in all....still fired up, tried two yeast ive never used..
    Empire ale yeast n Burton Union....looked at the burton...BEST BEFORE: 01/2017!!!!! but it going great...rung the bloke at the homebrew shop...and all I can say without swearin it got sorted..
    hearing after so sorry a few times, "Ohh the Burton might be discontinued!!" bad skills tbh...
    thx for viewing
    Bri
     
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    dont worry about dates on dried yeast packs with intact seals. the only reason yeast carries a best before date is due to its classification as a food product and all food products for human consumption Must have a BBD....

    The yeast however in a sealed pack will remain viable for decades..
     
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    One of the best fermentation so far! with the Burton.
    Bri
     
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    using the refractometer thingy it says bout 1.030...
    but this hydrometer reading say bout 1.014..
    [​IMG]
    am I missing something (apart from my marbles...n few million brain cells)
    bri
     
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    Refractometers can't be used when there's alcohol present without faffing around with adjustment equations.

    Once fermentation has started I find it's best to go back to the good old hydrometer.
     
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    Lovely colour pal

     
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