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That potato brew looks similar to pulque which is potentially the most awful thing I've ever tasted! I hope it's better than it looks! :)
 

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Sorry to go a little off topic, but I was born and spent my childhood years in Halstead.
Your previous brew name - The Flowers at Box Mill brought back some fine memories of summers spent catching sticklebacks in the river at Box Mill!
 

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Sorry to go a little off topic, but I was born and spent my childhood years in Halstead.
Your previous brew name - The Flowers at Box Mill brought back some fine memories of summers spent catching sticklebacks in the river at Box Mill!
It's a nice town, moved here nearly 20 years ago when it had lots of independent restaurants and shops.

The beer recipe was inspired by 1955 Flowers IPA (although I threw the last EKG addition all over the garage floor so used Cascade), the bottle was nice so I will crack the keg next weekend.

Can I assume you follow Ipswich? I think the early end may save our season...
 

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FG a few points higher than expected 1044.
Bottled Batch 100. Got 80% efficiency (ehh) and the yeast did well in the heat so 4.4% instead of the 4 planned. Smelt amazing:
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That's everything full and me done for summer ☹

Will clean and "pasivate" the kettle next week and store until September.

Plenty to drink at least 😀
 

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Radioactive Waste - hazy experimental beer ready today.
Smells "pleasant", bizarre not sure how else to describe it.
Not too bitter, definite grapefruit and herb from hops. Ends with a little heat from the cayenne but not strong.
This is a really nice beer if not unusual.
It was designed to glow, do you think it does?
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Garage at 23C so set up the home made jockey box to cool the Flowers at Box Mill:
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Arrrrggghh, despite care and checking no pressure at all in the plastic barrel. Added some sugar, sealed up, still nothing. Will drink others over the weekend to free up bottles to move it next week.
That's the end of plastic barrels for me... Repurpose as bottling bucket...
Have one more PB full so try the jockey box with that maybe...
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That's everything full and me done for summer ☹
😀☁ Check out the weather forecast. With temp down going to sneak in a brew on Friday - GH Summer Ale tweaked to try and get close to Wainwright.
Maybe a second next week with CML Belgian yeast which says it will work to 28C.
Bonus brew time 🤞
 

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GH Summer Ale tweaked to try and get close to Wainwright.
Trying a couple of things today. I always boil the water a day or so before to drive off lime scale & chlorine. Added campden tablet too for first time.

4100g Pale Ale malt
200g Crystal malt
15g EKG @ 60min
15g EKG + 30g Styrian Golding @ 30min
15g Styrian Golding @ 1min

Stuck mash, don't know why. The draining mash started boiling... I know this is actually air being released from the grain but it was fascinating to watch (sad??)
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I have always used CML yeasts so thought I would split the wort in two small fermenters, add CML Real Ale to one and S04 to the other. Amazing the visual difference
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Panic - the fvs are about 20l total and for some unknown reason thought that there was plenty of space for the 21ish l batch. Quickly squirted a DJ with antibac and filled with boiling water. Only 1/4 filled it so squeezed it into the fvs
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Managed to cool to 23, would normally pitch the CML yeast but having seen some comments about S04 not liking anything over 20 so just waiting for it to cool. Will pitch and wait for the mess that follows from the overfilled fvs...

OG 8 points higher than expected! 84% efficiency! Was down at 65 a couple of months ago so my changes appear to be working.

Another PV with no pressure tonight... Need to invest in metal...
 

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