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by PhilB
Fri May 17, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Choosing hops
Replies: 25
Views: 575

Re: Choosing hops

Hi Meatymc To be clear, I wasn't after credit (I first heard about the technique on an Aussie forum, so if anyone deserves credit it's someone down-under) ... I just wanted to "throw my hat into the ring" as someone who's also taken this approach, and link to what I do (which you've adapted slightly...
by PhilB
Fri May 17, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Choosing hops
Replies: 25
Views: 575

Re: Choosing hops

Hi All ... sorry whoever, can't find the relevant thread ... ... that's OK Meaty, but it was me, over there (link) :wink: ... wouldn't dry hopping be easier? Or is there some science I have yet to discover ... ... there's some science around, but mostly there's an overwhelming body of empirical evid...
by PhilB
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: The dream of setting up microbrewery
Replies: 12
Views: 599

Re: The dream of setting up microbrewery

Hi Pete You're from Crewe, and you're interested in beer ... but I won't assume you're familiar with all that's been going on at Offbeat Brewery over the last few years :? ... and will suggest you have a read of Michelle's blog post there (link) to see how all the highs, lows, successes and pitfalls...
by PhilB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Full Volume BIAB
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Full Volume BIAB

Hi Meaty ... it's what Jim said ... To describe it another way (let's see if that helps clarify :wink: ) , you need to recognise that your efficiency at the end of the mash is as high as it is going to be and from that point forward losses of liquids (containing sugars from the mash) will only reduc...
by PhilB
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner
Replies: 44
Views: 1686

Re: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner

Hi spook So I'm looking for a 'cheat' that will get me *similar* results without extending my brew day. ... I believe the more traditional "cheat" for getting those effects is to use a small proportion of Weyermann's Melanoidin Malt, which is kilned specifically to have more melanoidins, without the...
by PhilB
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Bargains Online and In Store
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Hi Dave I thought it had a separate grain basket. Was I looking at the wrong picture? ... it does have a grain basket included, it says "Removable filter bin for easy removal of the spent grain" under the list of Properties and Dimensions :? ... overall, what with the immersion chiller included, loo...
by PhilB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Barm vs Krausen
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Barm vs Krausen

Hi It was my understanding that barm was the term for the collected "worty/beery/yeasty mixture", particularly when collected for use in baking bread, rather than the stuff when it's sat on the top of fermenting ale :? ... you know, like when the wood is still part of a tree in the forest it's a 'br...
by PhilB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: 'Driving off' hop oils
Replies: 8
Views: 486

Re: 'Driving off' hop oils

Hi Meaty Here's an alternative approach to late-hopping and steeping that you may want to throw in the mix, for consideration ... on brewday, proceed with your boil as usual but leave out all late hop additions in your recipe (anything in the last 15 mins, say, don't worry they'll get involved later...
by PhilB
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 25li Bulk LME
Replies: 32
Views: 1692

Re: 25li Bulk LME

Hi orlondo Ahhhh, now I understand where you were coming from :wink: ... for the record, I agree that starter supernatant/spent wort/fermented unhopped grain-juice doesn't taste like (good) beer ... but I still advocate tasting it after decanting off your yeast, it helps in checking for infections a...
by PhilB
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 25li Bulk LME
Replies: 32
Views: 1692

Re: 25li Bulk LME

Hi johnnyboy Good to hear you've found an approach that suits you and makes beer that you like :wink: ... Weighed out the required of LME (4200g) and brewed as usual. Normal hop routine, fermented as usual (SO-4 yeast) and bottled. ... it sounds like you've done a full-volume extract brew there, hav...
by PhilB
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How much Special B?
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: How much Special B?

Hi Kingfisher To be clear, I wasn't "recommending" Graham's Beer Engine particularly ... I mean, I use it and like its simplicity, but it is already quite dated and with Graham's passing is very unlikely to be further developed :? ... and, as a Grainfather user I would imagine the "inter-connectedne...
by PhilB
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How much Special B?
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: How much Special B?

Hi MTW They list the malts as extra pale Maris Otter, Rauch, dark crystal and special B and the beer is 6% and 50 EBC. ... From the malts listed, I can't see that they would get to 50 EBC without well over 10% (probably nearer 14-15%) of the grains coming from those two malts combined, even if you a...
by PhilB
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Ginger Beer kit
Replies: 21
Views: 828

Re: Coopers Ginger Beer kit

Hi Adam ... wondering whether I should try chucking in a sachet of Gervins Ale yeast that I've got hanging around? If I do this, then should I stir it in or just leave it floating on the surface and hope it kick starts the fermentation process? ... there may still be time for the kit yeast that you ...
by PhilB
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Ginger Beer kit
Replies: 21
Views: 828

Re: Coopers Ginger Beer kit

Hi Adam

2 kilos of DME, and no extra sugar or maltodextrin, will probably be delicious :wink:

Cheers, PhilB
by PhilB
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Ginger Beer kit
Replies: 21
Views: 828

Re: Coopers Ginger Beer kit

Hi Adam Maltodextrin is an unfermentable sugar, it adds a bit of body and helps with head retention ... as explained over there ... To decrease fermentability, you would add ingredients to your recipe that yield unfermentable carbohydrates in the wort. Maltodextrin is one such ingredient. Maltodextr...