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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1180 on: June 06, 2017, 12:01:38 pm »
Lawdy - Looks like i have some modifications to do to my brew-room - loving that TV stand idea, will be pinching that!

Was planning on making a stand with 3 height sections for the various stages, nit got around to it yet tho....

This Saturday will see me doing a Stout from an extract packet i got with the stuff i bough as a lot recently - it has expired, but its all there, so all I need to buy is yeast, so what the hell!

Going to add a brew-bag of 1kg Carra Amber (as i have it) to the boil (yes, boiling it rather than the recipe which doesnt require that) and will add some honey to the boil as well as finnings to give it some pep in the % department.

And I dont like stout, so this is going to be cool!!
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1181 on: June 14, 2017, 01:09:20 pm »
So my second brew was an African Pale ale ... and a success. 2 bottles left of the batch after the weekend.

This weekend I will be racking the 2nd stout I have fermenting. Also a ginger infused pale ale.

Drank the one bottle saved from my previous stout last night...  ..... it was AWESOME!

For my next fermentation I want to try a lager. My own concoction.

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1182 on: June 14, 2017, 03:03:03 pm »
OK - brewed an easy Export Stout on Saturday - by Sunday it was burping 7 farting like a healthy toddler - and I failed to add the honey, as I failed to aquire it - but there was a bag of Brew Enhancer.....  :biggrin:

Anyway, OG was low at around 1.040, so i dont think it's going to be strong at all - but the obligatory taste after measuring OG was not bad at all!!

Now - I have some 5-litre kegs, the ones with the hole in the top and the tap at the side/bottom - and I know NOTHING about how to use them...... I have a bunch of seals for the top, and a CO2 gun that clips onto the top - but I am pretty sure there are some parts missing..... Who knows anything about these? I have 6.....

I also raided my extra-bitter Pilsner that I had in Conditioning for about 7 weeks - I was pissed after 8, but they are so yummy I fail to see how they are going to last until my mate arrives from the UK on Sunday.....  :3some:
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1183 on: June 14, 2017, 03:36:29 pm »
Turtle, I had one of those 5L keg kits. I dumped them after a while, they were an f-up of note. I still have the co2 system and some extra plugs and stuff which you are welcome to pick up from me in Kempton (Croyden) if you want it.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1184 on: June 14, 2017, 03:48:45 pm »
Turtle, I had one of those 5L keg kits. I dumped them after a while, they were an f-up of note. I still have the co2 system and some extra plugs and stuff which you are welcome to pick up from me in Kempton (Croyden) if you want it.

Thanks Leon - I have no idea how they work, so was doing the research first - if it's a pain, then I will skip it..... Let me find out how they work and get back to you, if thats OK? Cheers!
I bought a kit on this thread post #1157 last month - included was a capper and a couple of bags of caps, no bottles tho, so I might go and buy some bottles as an alternative...
I also bough 120 new rubber Grolsch type seals from BrewCraft last week - might just continue with those bottles, I have 150 of them....
BTW - BrewCraft is having a open/tasting/BYO day on the 15th July.....
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1185 on: June 19, 2017, 09:16:23 am »
I am so pissed-off with myself...  When adding the cacao nibs to my fermenting stout, I did not sterilize it.  Mistake.
Friday morning when I wanted to bottle, I got this vinegar whiff...
 
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1186 on: June 19, 2017, 11:07:17 am »
Ag no!
Sterilizing - how would that have been done?
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1187 on: June 19, 2017, 10:51:04 pm »
Ag no!
Sterilizing - how would that have been done?

Just by soaking it in vodka or roasting it in the oven for a couple of minutes. I believe the procedure of freezing and defrosting a couple of times, will also do the trick.

But nou ja...

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Our mead is also fermenting well and is currently at 12% We transfered it to a secondary fermenter this afternoon where it will stay a week or two before we transfer again. The more you transfer, the clearer it becomes. (At this stage it tastes devine!!)
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1188 on: June 20, 2017, 07:24:39 am »
Vodka - should have thought of that.

Tonight I bottle my Export Stout - not adding any further sugars for bottle ferment - or what is the thought? I could add 150g dextrose?

Anyhow, it's stopped burping & farting in the freezer, so I reckon its good to go.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1189 on: June 20, 2017, 07:47:18 am »
I am so pissed-off with myself...  When adding the cacao nibs to my fermenting stout, I did not sterilize it.  Mistake.
Friday morning when I wanted to bottle, I got this vinegar whiff...
Uh oh, bad one.
I did a coffee beer over the weekend. Didn't know how to sterilize the coffee either, did not want to boil it because I wanted the coffee fresh. Decided to add it straight to the fermenter and then add the boiling hot wort over it. Hope it worked!
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1190 on: June 20, 2017, 08:01:54 am »
Vodka - should have thought of that.

Tonight I bottle my Export Stout - not adding any further sugars for bottle ferment - or what is the thought? I could add 150g dextrose?

Anyhow, it's stopped burping & farting in the freezer, so I reckon its good to go.

Would it not depend on how much carbonation you want in the end?
From what I read stouts are quite lazy fermenters so I add a little sugar at bottling for some more bubble.
My chocolate stout is now 5 days in the bottles and growing good.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1191 on: June 20, 2017, 08:12:59 am »
Vodka - should have thought of that.

Tonight I bottle my Export Stout - not adding any further sugars for bottle ferment - or what is the thought? I could add 150g dextrose?

Anyhow, it's stopped burping & farting in the freezer, so I reckon its good to go.

Would it not depend on how much carbonation you want in the end?
From what I read stouts are quite lazy fermenters so I add a little sugar at bottling for some more bubble.
My chocolate stout is now 5 days in the bottles and growing good.

Thanks - I think I am going to leave it as I added a kg of brew enhancer at the boil - it's all converted now, but i think it will be more accurate to leave it out....
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1192 on: June 28, 2017, 06:05:30 pm »
LeonDude, you make an awesome stout beer, glad you left a bottle behind, thanks!
 

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1193 on: June 28, 2017, 07:05:03 pm »
LeonDude, you make an awesome stout beer, glad you left a bottle behind, thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it.

Got a load of bottling to do this weekend, two fermentors that are being bottled, not kegged, a coffee beer and a ginger beer.
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1194 on: July 03, 2017, 09:22:57 am »
Stout

2-Row
Roasted Barley
Chocolate Malt
Oats

YUM!

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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1195 on: July 03, 2017, 10:27:21 am »
Stout

2-Row
Roasted Barley
Chocolate Malt
Oats

YUM!

Gooi the rest of the recipe if you don't mind?
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1196 on: July 03, 2017, 10:29:11 am »
I opened the first trial bottle of my last Stout, only bottled a week ago, so expected it to be green.

Wasn't expecting the complete lack of carbonation whatoever tho! Zip. Nothing. Nada. More bubbles in tap water. Not amused.  :patch:
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« Reply #1197 on: July 03, 2017, 10:41:58 am »
Stout

2-Row
Roasted Barley
Chocolate Malt
Oats

YUM!

Gooi the rest of the recipe if you don't mind?

71 % 2-Row
10 % Roasted Barley
10 % Chcolate Barley
7 % Oates
1.5 % East Kent Golding Hops (@60Min)

Irish Moss @ 10 Min

Mash 60 Min @ 68C
Boil 60Min

2 Weeks Fermentation @ 19C
3 Weeks Bottle Condition @ 19C

ps.
I played around with 5ml vanilla extract in the bottom of the glass then pour beer into that when drinking. Loved it. So might add vanilla pods during fermentation next time.
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« Reply #1198 on: July 03, 2017, 11:34:32 am »
Stout

2-Row
Roasted Barley
Chocolate Malt
Oats

YUM!

Gooi the rest of the recipe if you don't mind?

71 % 2-Row
10 % Roasted Barley
10 % Chcolate Barley
7 % Oates
1.5 % East Kent Golding Hops (@60Min)

Irish Moss @ 10 Min

Mash 60 Min @ 68C
Boil 60Min

2 Weeks Fermentation @ 19C
3 Weeks Bottle Condition @ 19C

ps.
I played around with 5ml vanilla extract in the bottom of the glass then pour beer into that when drinking. Loved it. So might add vanilla pods during fermentation next time.

Cheers! No extra sugars when bottling?
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Re: Home beer brewing
« Reply #1199 on: July 03, 2017, 11:41:20 am »
Bottled my latest two batches yesterday.
First was a ginger beer. From the taster, I would say I added far too much ginger, it's too strong for me to drink. Cave Girl, however, says it tastes exactly as it should. I could drink it when mixed with commercial beer to tone it down.
Second was a coffee beer. From the taster, I would say it tasted exactly as it should. Cave Girl, however, says I added far too much coffee.
We'll see in two weeks time.

I also tasted the red that I bottled three weeks ago. Very smooth, if a bit light in flavour. This one is not going to last long. . .

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