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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1160 on: May 19, 2017, 05:45:37 pm »
Having a smoked lager tonight.
About 4 months old, nice and smooth.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1161 on: May 20, 2017, 12:33:40 am »
Been considering putting some of those Smoked wood chips into a brew bag in my next ale I do.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1162 on: May 20, 2017, 11:42:14 am »
Been considering putting some of those Smoked wood chips into a brew bag in my next ale I do.
Not sure if that will work.
I simply use 2KG of smoked malt in my recipe.

5KG Pale Malt
2 KG smoked Malt
1 KG Kara Aroma (or whatever you fancy)
28L Mash water
36L Sparge water.
Whatever hops you like, ditto yeast.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1163 on: May 22, 2017, 08:04:04 am »
Been considering putting some of those Smoked wood chips into a brew bag in my next ale I do.

I may have some smoked malt for you - I will check tonight, if you like?
I made a smoked ale late last year, did not like it myself, came out too strong initially, so much so that it overpowered every other flavor. Once it mellowed, it disappeared, then the brew was a light ale.....
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1164 on: May 22, 2017, 08:13:31 am »
So we have slapped together a 50l Mead yesterday... 15kg of honey to make a OG of 1090  :ricky: Also used our CO2 with an aerating stone to aerate for the first time. Will see if I can load some pics later.
Also tasted our Oktoberfest and Red lager after a month in the fermenter at 1'C.  Quite nice!
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1165 on: May 22, 2017, 09:36:50 am »
I bottled 25l this weekend
 

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1166 on: May 22, 2017, 09:40:31 am »
I filled an 18L keg with a red. That which was left over from the batch, 2L, I gassed in the sodastream and drank. Very nice, going to be a good beer.

My gout is asking nicely I must go slow on the beer for a bit. It says if I don't listen, it might stop asking nicely and start asking seriously.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1167 on: May 22, 2017, 10:28:58 am »
I am happy to report that my Irish stout matured so well in the last week it was bottled, that I just could not stop drinking  :biggrin:

I did save one bottle to mature a bit more. Will see what it tastes like in a months time.

Next batch will be mashed during this week
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1168 on: May 22, 2017, 12:28:51 pm »
I am happy to report that my Irish stout matured so well in the last week it was bottled, that I just could not stop drinking  :biggrin:

I did save one bottle to mature a bit more. Will see what it tastes like in a months time.

Next batch will be mashed during this week
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1169 on: May 22, 2017, 01:45:59 pm »
Been considering putting some of those Smoked wood chips into a brew bag in my next ale I do.

I may have some smoked malt for you - I will check tonight, if you like?
I made a smoked ale late last year, did not like it myself, came out too strong initially, so much so that it overpowered every other flavor. Once it mellowed, it disappeared, then the brew was a light ale.....

Thanks. I will have to do another brew very soon again as the weather is now perfect for brews in the backroom. I'm considering banging in the Jack Daniels oak barrel smoking chips in a brew bag (not smoked besides the charing they get before they're filled with bourbon) as I'm still dreaming about the bourbon ale I had in Kentucky many years ago and really want to try replicate what I remember about it.

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1170 on: May 24, 2017, 08:12:14 am »
Anyone interested in buying a starter kit. My mate has his entire kit for sale. Probably only used a few times, includes the whole Coppertun kit and 2 sachet/kit (will make over 40l of beer ). Then there's the mini-keg kit as well with 6 reusable mini-kegs and all the equipment for dispensing it.  If you're interested you can PM me and I'll forward you his info. He says he wants R1000 for it - it's easily worth 3 time that.

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1171 on: May 29, 2017, 01:34:14 pm »

Roll on next Friday, taste no. 29.....


Well, the weekend rolled around, and while it was only a few degrees above the lagering fridge's 3degC, I decided that it was time to sacrifice number 29....

And.....

Better. Not quite the effervescence I would have thought a Pilsner should have, but the 30% more hops definitely affected the taste - and the aftertaste.....
Taste was OK, not too bad at all actually, but left one with a VERY bitter after-taste - after the 4th sip, the taste-buds went numb and the rest of the bottle was actually pretty good!

Rool on next weekend....
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Opened a few more Pilsners yesterday.
Not a fan.
Too bitter to be drinkable, although it has an amazing nose.
Will make another batch this weekend ad see if I can get to like it.
May use this batch to tenderise some flank steak.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1172 on: May 29, 2017, 02:07:13 pm »
Pilsners should not really have a nose ???

Pilsner should be like a lager just more bitter and lighter/more pale.

I bottled 25L last week Monday and Saturday I did an experimental batch and repitched some of the yeast from the previous batch. So eager to see how that turns out. The first beer was a Blonde Ale with lots of Southern Passion - the new one will hopefully be very easy drinking beer. Bittered it to about Heineken bitterness and did not do any late hop additions so it should not have any smell - just be a crisp clear beer.
 

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1173 on: May 29, 2017, 02:16:06 pm »
Pilsners should not really have a nose ???

Pilsner should be like a lager just more bitter and lighter/more pale.


Agreed - but I added 35% more hops at every input - result is almost pineapple-like nose, and a bitterness that leaves a sour taste - my fault, my mistake and we learn from it!

I could also do the Stout that i bought from aka.Goliaths mate last week, on the weekend.....
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1174 on: May 29, 2017, 02:41:19 pm »
Pilsners should not really have a nose ???

Pilsner should be like a lager just more bitter and lighter/more pale.


Agreed - but I added 35% more hops at every input - result is almost pineapple-like nose, and a bitterness that leaves a sour taste - my fault, my mistake and we learn from it!

I could also do the Stout that i bought from aka.Goliaths mate last week, on the weekend.....

Bitterness should never leave a sourness.

I have had a beer that was 260 IBU on the bitterness scale - human taste cannot taste any difference over 100 IBU - that was not sour.

CBC makes an Imperial IPA (Imperial everything doubles up, so instead of 5% alcohol it is 10% instead of 40 IBU it is 80 IBU - man that is a serious bitter beer - still no sourness)

Certain beers have a sour note in their profile - especially stouts.
 

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1175 on: May 29, 2017, 04:14:05 pm »
Pilsners should not really have a nose ???

Pilsner should be like a lager just more bitter and lighter/more pale.


Agreed - but I added 35% more hops at every input - result is almost pineapple-like nose, and a bitterness that leaves a sour taste - my fault, my mistake and we learn from it!

I could also do the Stout that i bought from aka.Goliaths mate last week, on the weekend.....

Bitterness should never leave a sourness.

I have had a beer that was 260 IBU on the bitterness scale - human taste cannot taste any difference over 100 IBU - that was not sour.

CBC makes an Imperial IPA (Imperial everything doubles up, so instead of 5% alcohol it is 10% instead of 40 IBU it is 80 IBU - man that is a serious bitter beer - still no sourness)

Certain beers have a sour note in their profile - especially stouts.

Well then I will just have to open another few tonight then, just to be sure!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

The "sourness" was my impression after tasting, some 30-60 seconds after tasting, was that there was a bitter taste on the back of the tongue that I ascribed to sourness, but it is also possible that I am confusing sourness to bitterness - and I am first to admit that my tastebuds are not the most developed/killed over time by Windhoek Draught...

I will make another batch with the correct hops additions and see the difference.

For the record, the clarity is pretty good, a nice pale color, but very little initial head, but fair carbonation.....
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1176 on: May 31, 2017, 01:53:51 pm »
Have just added some gelatin to a Honey Blonde Ale and started crash cooling to 2 degrees.
Down to 1014 from 1066 and 6.9%
Bottling day on Saturday.
Tastes great so far!

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1177 on: June 06, 2017, 08:41:11 am »
It was my 1st attempt at using gelatin as a fining agent, and boy did it work!
That beer is crystal clear!
I'm a bit concerned that there may not be enough yeast to carbonate properly, but time will tell.
 

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1178 on: June 06, 2017, 08:55:11 am »
It was my 1st attempt at using gelatin as a fining agent, and boy did it work!
That beer is crystal clear!
I'm a bit concerned that there may not be enough yeast to carbonate properly, but time will tell.

there will be enough yeast just make sure it is not to cold

i used gelatin in the beginning - and i gave up on that - i found that temprature control gives you the exact same results

so after my beer has been bottled and carbonated i slowly lower the temp to like 2c or 1c - that clears it up completely

i have a beer in the tub - a real least effort beer - no late hop additions and i bittered it to like heineken level bitterness and i pitched some of the yeast i harvested from the yeast cake from my previous brew. i think i way overpitched - the yeast was climbing out of the airlock

i had to remove the airlock completely for 2 days and it spit out more than a cup of yeast  :o

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1179 on: June 06, 2017, 10:45:36 am »
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