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Meet the JBK Team!

Post by Jim » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:45 pm

Name: Jim

Role: Site Admin

Started Brewing: 1973 (no, really!)

What do I Brew?:
Beer: I'm a big fan of traditional English bitter and most of my brews are somewhere near that style.
Wine: In the past I brewed both kits and country wines (my rice and raisin was legendary - it could fell a rhinoceros); I'm hoping to get back into that soon

Current Brewing System: Full Mash, 5 gallons

Equipment List:

Home made false bottom Mash Tun
Bought Spinney sparger
33 l Stainless Steel electric boiler
30 l Plastic Fermenter
Plethora of plastic buckets
2 x Cornelius Kegs
Several Plastic HB kegs
1 x Cask (pin)
Pub gas system with 2 secondary regs
Beer Engine
Cornie Lever tap

Shininess factor: 20%

Next Planned Brewery Upgrade: Set up cask breather system for beer engine.
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Re: Introductions

Post by Horden Hillbilly » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:09 pm

Name: Dave, aka Horden Hillbilly.

Started Brewing: 1981.

What do I brew: Beer & Lager using the all grain method. Red, Rose & White wine using kits.

Equipment list:

Hop & Grape all grain brewing system.
Four King Keg pressure barrels.
240 beer bottles stored in crates.
Widget gas system for the King Kegs.

2, 5 gallon fermenters.
8, 1 gallon demijohns.
Harris filter kit.
Wine racks to hold 128 bottles.

Shininess factor: 0%, & I'm more than happy with that.

Next planned upgrade: Nothing at the moment.

My brewing website:

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Re: Introductions

Post by Aleman » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:12 pm

Name: Aleman aka A leMan aka Tony
Started Brewing: 1980.

What do I brew: Ales & Lager using All grain/Extract/Kits. Cider , Used to make wine using kits.

Equipment list:

150L Pico system consisting of 100l Nordic pot (HLT, 50 and 80L Thermoboxes Mash Tun, and a 150L Gas boiler. . . .Also run it in HERMS Configuration
20L Electric Femto system consisting of 4 Thermoboxes

My brewing website

I have the habit of collecting brewing forums, having just set up a public brewing forumfor The Craft Brewing Association which I am Chairman and web master of. I have worked for Matthew brown prior to the sale to Heineken, and also do consultancy for craft breweries in the UK.

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Re: Introductions

Post by orlando » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:25 am

Forum Name: Orlando aka Ashley

Started brewing: 1974 only kits uniformly rubbish so stopped until 2011 and went straight to AG.

Brew styles:
90% of what I brew could be described as English and appears to be narrowing.

Equipment list: is pitiful compared to most but alarming to SWMBO.

3V system capable of making 40+ litres but typically 25l. Mostly kegged in to 6 X 23l Chinese Cornies (incredibly good kegs). Dispensed from a Keezer that has a permanently mounted genuine Pegas tap for bottling or dispensing. Yeast handling about to include a laminar flow hood.

Dedicated brew space includes cellar for kit and separate cellar for dispense.

Upgrades: All stainless by the end of this year [-o<
I am "The Little Red Brooster"

Fermenting: Closer To The Edge (Elgood's North Brink Porter)
Conditioning: St. Petersburg (RIS)
Drinking: Black Dog, Almost Gold, Harve(y)st, I Go Mild
Up Next: Mild In The Country, London Calling, Gertcherbrewed
Planning: Spring drinking beer.

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Location: West Wales

Re: Introductions

Post by alikocho » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:45 am

Name: Ali

Started Brewing: 2009

What do I Brew?:
Ales (mostly).

Current Brewing System: Commercial 1BBL system

Equipment List:

1 BBL, Stainless 3 vessel system. Stainless conical FVs.
Lots of casks and kegs

Shininess factor: 100%

Next Planned Brewery Upgrade: bigger brewery

My brewing website:
BJCP National Judge
BJCP Northeast and International Representative
(UK) CBA Competition and Training Coordinator

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Re: Introductions

Post by Monkeybrew » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:19 pm

Name: Stefan aka Monkeybrew

Role: Moderator

Started Brewing: 01/01/2011 (SWMBO bought me a starter kit for Xmas, little did she know what she had started! )

Brewing Types: Mainly adapted Kits, 3V All Grain, a few Extracts and a few small scale BIAB's

Brew Styles: 50/50 English/American Ales, with the odd Lager & Belgian brew thrown in.

Brewing Equipment: Homemade (non-shiney) 3V AG Setup with a capacity up to approximately 30L, but usually brew to 23L, Temperature Controlled Brewfridge & Various size FV's & Bottling buckets, as well as 3 x plastic PB's.

Planned Brewery Upgrades: Copper sparge rail, solar pump & 60L HLT build.

2014 Plan: To have a basic understanding of water treatment & brew less kits and more AG.
Planning: AG#28 - NZ Pale Ale

On Tap: AG#27 - Bleak Winter Mild - 3.1%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%
AG#26 - Generations Bitter- 4.5%


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Re: Introductions

Post by themadhippy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:24 pm

Name: Madicus Hippicus

Started Brewing :First go around 1980 ,second go around 1992,then got seriously hooked about 6 years ago

What do I Brew?: Beer from kits and all grain.Wine,mainly from the reduced fruit and veg isle in the supermarket

Current Brewing System: pimped buffalo
Equipment List:
pimped buffalo
2 budget pressure barrels
4 fermenting buckets
bench capper
wort cooler
lots of bottles
6 demijons

Shininess factor: 94.493683%

Next Planned Brewery Upgrade: Recirc/sparge system,for some reason ive been closely looking at urinal spray bars
Wish list: enough room for a tempreture controlled fermenting chamber
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Re: Meet the JBK Team!

Post by alix101 » Tue May 06, 2014 7:42 pm

Name: Stephen

Started brewing: 2009 doing extract but moved quickly onto AG

Like to brew:
Hoppy APAs and doubles, I also like to brew a good Dunkle and Kolsch....and just about anything that takes my fancy.

Gear: 100/80/100 thermopot mash tun, with dome false bottom and march pumps.

Shine factor 98%: I'll give it 100 when I can get a proper conical.

Equipment list:
cornie kegs
.....ill save you the rest just wanted to get my dispensing bit in.

Next plan: ?.well, almost completed an 8/10 barrel plant and its an awful lot of work to get to this point, longer than anticipated and a lot more costly....should be complete this week... :D

My domain is purchased ......but web page is behind like everything else.
"Everybody should belive in something : and I belive I'll have another drink".

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Re: Meet the JBK Team!

Post by Andy » Tue May 06, 2014 7:57 pm

Name: Andy

Role: Site Admin

Started Brewing: 2005

What do I Brew?:
Beer: Mostly traditional English ales but have brewed a few American styles.

Current Brewing System: Full Mash, 50 litres

Equipment List:

Thermobox conversion mash tun - 50L
75L Brupaks stainless boiler with 2x3kW elements
60L plastic HLT with 3kW element
too many Cornelius Kegs
1 x Cask (pin)
Pub gas system with 2 secondary regs
Beer Engine

Shininess factor: 60%

Next Planned Brewery Upgrade: Use the plastic cask!

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Re: Meet the JBK Team!

Post by alix101 » Tue May 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Its a fine cask and will serve you well...
"Everybody should belive in something : and I belive I'll have another drink".

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Re: Meet the JBK Team!

Post by asd » Tue May 06, 2014 8:28 pm

Hi asd here!

asd was just easy keys to press.

I've been brewing since the '70's off and on.

First AGs were in a Bruheat (like a BIAB setup), but was mainly doing extract and hops, or kits.

Restarted AG brewing with a vengeance about three years ago.

I use a combination of BIAB and 3 vessel setup, with PID and RIMS at times - I like tinkering with the gadgetry.

Also have a 600 litre commercial setup just getting going.




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