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by PhilB
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner
Replies: 34
Views: 1092

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: 420

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: 535

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: 392

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: 1407

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: 1407

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: 1750

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: 1750

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: 712

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: 712

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: 712

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...
by PhilB
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Ginger Beer kit
Replies: 21
Views: 712

Re: Coopers Ginger Beer kit

Hi adamzworld Here's what I've done with one of those kits a couple of times now ... I boil up 200-ish g grated ginger root, with the juice and rind of a lemon, a cinnamon stick and 15g of crushed coriander seeds, all boiled in a ltr or two of water for around 10-15 minutes ... all of that goes into...
by PhilB
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Dry hopping can lead to exploding bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: Dry hopping can lead to exploding bottles

Hi IPA Sounds like yet another internet myth in the making ... no, the diastatic power of dry-hops has been known about (by brewing scientists and brewers who read the Brewing Guardian, at least) since 1893, as reported in Ron Pattinson's blog there (link) :? ... it looks like the brewers in the lin...
by PhilB
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Any good low ABV recipes out there?
Replies: 28
Views: 1695

Re: Any good low ABV recipes out there?

Hi Kingfisher/Dave

There's a bunch of low-er ABV recipes available there (link) ... only a couple are down around the 3-ish% ABV, but there are some ideas you can work with there ... and I have brewed the Rye Wit one from there and would recommend it :wink:

Cheers, PhilB
by PhilB
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Free up space in fermenting chamber after 72 hours?
Replies: 22
Views: 881

Re: Free up space in fermenting chamber after 72 hours?

Hi opalko Any idea what would be the best way to determine that attenuation is 50% complete? ... erm, that would be to measure the gravity, 50% (or more) attenuation is when it's half of OG (or less) ... krausen may be an indicator that fermentation has started, but with strains like US05 it's no in...