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by MTW
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 0.01g accuracy scales up to around 200g or 500g
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: 0.01g accuracy scales up to around 200g or 500g

I bought some cheap ubiquitous 0.01g/200g scales and never looked back. I test them with pound coins at 9.5g now and then, and they're great! It's true though, you do start measuring everything with them. No longer am I happy to accept hop additions that may be 1g one way or the other! Haven't yet u...
by MTW
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Beer priming for bottling ; temp & residual CO2?
Replies: 14
Views: 387

Re: Beer priming for bottling ; temp & residual CO2?

I agree with the comments above; developing your judgement based on your own, repeatable process, is the best idea. I would add that I have never made a regular British style ale that I considered to be undercarbonated, and I've gone as low as 12g sugar in 20L of beer in priming a (theoretically) fu...
by MTW
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Jim's Northeast Brewer's Night.
Replies: 553
Views: 46077

Re: Jim's Northeast Brewer's Night.

I keep seeing this thread and thinking that I used to consider my native Scarbados as fairly 'northeast'; clearly not. It would be a long stagger home! I should have called out when I stayed in the Washington Premier Inn a year ago. :roll:
by MTW
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather

To add to my previous post, with Kev's in mind, I'm very glad I had 80ish brews under my belt on a 3 tier system before using the machine (Klarstein, in my case). A few brews in on that, and I am far from setting-and-forgetting! The tolerances of mash/sparge temperatures are much wider than I used t...
by MTW
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather

...or halve the outlay again with a 20L Guten (brew devil, Klarstein, Hopcat... all tweaks to the same underlying product). Some economies will be evident, but your beer may taste the same.

Just making sure you know more options.
by MTW
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?

To be honest, Eric, it could be any or all of the factors you mention at the top that has caused the premature slowing down. I thought I'd raise the question about dry yeast being a better pick than (even a healthy starter) of wet yeast for re-pitching, specifically, on this occasion, as I look at t...
by MTW
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?

...cell for cell, because it has a lower oxygen requirement and is entering a low-oxygen, part fermented beer that you don't want to re-aerate? Makes sense to me, though I can't say I've ever read it anywhere! I'm faced with a beer that dropped from 1.060 to 1.030 in a couple of days with a harvest ...
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner
Replies: 44
Views: 1686

Re: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner

I have a friend who makes a pilsner with 2% caramalt, 4% carapils and 10% Munich. I find that really tasty, with a nice malt backbone. Plenty of saaz on top.
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator

Very grateful for that info. I ran the recipe through your MME calculator. It would seem to concur with the lower prediction for my recent stout, ie the one generated by putting the roast colour only into the BF calc. To hit a mash pH of 5.4 with the salts I added, MME generates a requirement of 0.5...
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Double pitch - 2 strains!
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Double pitch - 2 strains!

Both English, so both likely to take off quickly, especially well oxygenated. I double pitched with s04 and us05 once, and the s04 takes off so much quicker that it out competed the other, at least at 50/50 proportions. I found Whitelabs 'ringwood' to be pretty clean and attenuative, so some interes...
by MTW
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator

Anyone familiar with the " Brewer's Friend "Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator " may be able to help with this. [If you've got a saved record on there, maybe even see if it does the same as mine.] When I enter the grist info by the percentage of predicted beer colour that is calculated to c...
by MTW
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1501

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

Very nice work!
by MTW
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Barm vs Krausen
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Barm vs Krausen

Never heard of it, but it's now barm for me too then!
by MTW
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Wishbone Brewery Homebrew Comp Sat 4th May 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: Wishbone Brewery Homebrew Comp Sat 4th May 2019

Very timely: I just brewed my stout for this today (or at least v1.0)!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
by MTW
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Strange top layer in FV.
Replies: 11
Views: 1005

Re: Strange top layer in FV.

I had an infection in a starter once that looked like a jelly like substance under the surface. It just kept growing. Hard to tell from the pic, but reminds me of that. I'm guessing you'd have said if anything seemed off. PS and I once had a load of sanitiser sucked in from the blow off while chilli...