Discussion in 'Beer Brewing "How-To" Guides' started by clibit, Feb 16, 2015.
Only time will tell now.
Fingers crossed for ya
Panic over, it’s doing something :)
Just checked the Sg as it had stopped fermenting. It’s down to 1.010 already, can’t belive how quickly it’s fermented out, only been 4 days!
Put another 5L brew on last night too.
1kg pale malt
10g ek goldings
See how this one turns out.
I'm taking the plunge! Have ordered all the bits and will get cracking some time next week...
Well, I ordered my stuff over 18 months ago and I'm finally giving it a go. Unfortunately the grain and hops say expired but this can be a run-through if it doesn't work!
Not a resounding success as my OG was 1.030 so I guess I will have a very weak brew?
Unfortunately yes, prob around 2.6% at a guess if it finishes around 1.010.
Should still taste alright I would think!
Do I need to put the hops in a bag using the OPs method?
Also do when you say heat to 75 Deg and 80 Deg do I turn heat off when it reaches this temp?
Well I finally got round to doing this and it's now in a DJ bubbling away nicely! Not going to be strong as it only got to 1.038 but looking forward to seeing how it came out in a couple of weeks. One question - do others pop a bit of sugar in the bottle when it's done, or just leave it plain?
If it's finished fermenting fully (check for a stable gravity for say 3 days) you will definitely need to add some "priming sugar" to your bottles unless you want flat beer. How much depends on the style of beer. Google priming calculators I use the brewers friend one.
Thanks very much!
Just after going over this thread the last couple of days, I've grain and a new pot ordered and should be ready to give the original recipe a go. Thanks again to @clibit
I will be giving this a go in the very near future
Well, I cracked open a bottle after leaving it in the fridge for a week and it's lovely! It's a bit cloudy which I'm okay with, but any tips on avoiding the haze in future? The bottles I didn't put in the fridge are lovely and clear now so guessing it's chill haze?
Yeah, sounds like chill haze. Either chill the wort faster or leave the bottles in the fridge for a few weeks and the chill haze will drop out
Hmm, sounds to easy to be true this from the original post. But as I'm only on my first kit brew this week I'm already thinking that maybe a secondary small, say 10 litre brew test using the process from the first post could be fun to try.
OK, I'm definitely going to try this on a 10 litre scale alongside my second main brew. Though might try it in between a second main brew. Though if I followed the recipe in the first post, what sort of ale actually is it? or do I simply pick my own hop choice instead?.
As I'm going to get a new 10-15 litre stew pot anyway along the current several litre one I should be good to go barring a piece of muslin cloth and a few ingredients.
A lot of starters including myself, get the Wilko stock pot, which actually holds about 15L. https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-stock-pot-12l/p/0322498
I did try straining using a muslin square stretched over the rim of a small fermenting bucket and held in place with a bungee cord, but quite frankly it was a PITA and fell off more than once. So I invested in a mashing and sparging bag (about £9 from your LHBS) and never looked back. It would be easy to make a bag from some net curtain material if you or Mrs 666 is handy with a sewing machine. I tended to make batches of about 11.5 litres, because it made the maths easy in converting the 23 litre recipes, just halve everything.
Hmm, would a 10 litre brewing bucket hold 11.5 litres without issue?, as don't think I could get away with 2, 20 litre buckets at the moment with my other half, which would be a bit of a waste anyway for small batch test brews of either 5, 10 or 11.5 litre brews.
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