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by MarkA
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Bottling Elderflower Sparkling Wine
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Bottling Elderflower Sparkling Wine

Alcohol is lighter (less dense) than water, which is the reason it can get below 1.000 and it could well get down to around .990 as most dry wines do. I would definitely leave it until it has fermented further.
by MarkA
Tue May 22, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally
Replies: 19
Views: 1603

Re: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally

Have a read through this thread HERE - Rothes brewery started out supplying a few local pubs and has now had to expand (to as big as his garage will allow!) but 200 litre is possibly around the size you're thinking?
by MarkA
Fri May 18, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally
Replies: 19
Views: 1603

Re: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally

HTH1975 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 12:27 pm
HMRC site has everything you need to know.
That's exactly what I was about to type. Also, have a chat with a local microbrewery in your area, at least then you will know it is solid, correct advice and not speculation from an internet forum.
by MarkA
Sat May 05, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Bottle bombs
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Bottle bombs

You could chill the bottles and slowly uncap them in the sink, then cap them again with new caps.
by MarkA
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Bulk aged wine in carboy
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Bulk aged wine in carboy

I think a decent length ferment and maturation gets rid of any CO2. I never add finings, sorry I'm not much help! :D By the way, my wine has never spoiled through age, always crystal clear (except for a couple that have been stubborn) and never fizzy or carbonated (except for a Rhubarb wine that wen...
by MarkA
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Bulk aged wine in carboy
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Bulk aged wine in carboy

To be honest I have only degassed a wine once and completely ruined it so will never again. Time and patience will do the same job :)
by MarkA
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Bulk aged wine in carboy
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Bulk aged wine in carboy

It'll be fine. I have bulk aged for months and years in demijohns without using any kind of additions and have had no problems. Keep an eye on the airlock and make sure it doesn't dry out (more in summer obviously) and after a while it might be worth racking again if it drops any sediment.
by MarkA
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit

Glad it worked out well, enjoy the beer and get the next batch on!
by MarkA
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit

And serve your beer at whatever temperature you want :) It's good to experiment. I like to start off with one quite cold (4C) and see how it changes as the temperature rises in the glass. Definitely, it's down to personal taste, but for the sake of finding out whether beer is primed or not, I've fo...
by MarkA
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Bottle carbonation, Woodforde Wherry Kit

I would return them to 20 degrees for a while. Did the PET bottles feel hard or soft when they were warm? I use a couple when I bottle just to test carbonation. Also, warm the bottles to about 12 degrees (cellar temp) before drinking, as 0 to 7 is too cold for an ale.
by MarkA
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Going Pro opportunity
Replies: 15
Views: 1563

Re: Going Pro opportunity

There is a calculator here - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/619235/Updated_Calculator_embedded_20152.xls It ends with '20152' so may well be out of date, though. I would have a read through the HMRC website, as Secla said, and read up on the subject, check ...
by MarkA
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: King Keg
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Re: King Keg

There's a small rubber band on the underside of the pressure valve (that wraps rounds the cylinder on the inside of the lid). This covers the release hole and allows pressure to escape if it gets too much. Check that this is located properly (over the hole) as it will allow all pressure to escape if...
by MarkA
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Low cost Starsan alterantive
Replies: 20
Views: 1644

Re: Low cost Starsan alterantive

I bought a 236ml bottle of Star San a couple of years ago for £9.20. At a dilution rate of 1.6ml per litre, it works out at just over 6p for a litre of sanitiser that I can re-use if I want to (though I generally make it fresh each time). The initial cost does seem high, but this stuff will last for...
by MarkA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ordering exact amounts of indredients
Replies: 18
Views: 1077

Re: Ordering exact amounts of indredients

Yeah sorry, I only twigged once I'd posted. Just found this though - https://www.shop4homebrew.co.uk/all-gra ... eator.html
by MarkA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ordering exact amounts of indredients
Replies: 18
Views: 1077

Re: Ordering exact amounts of indredients

Depends if you want to use these or make your own up though