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by MarkA
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Elderberry liqueur
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: Elderberry liqueur

A few years ago I fortified some bottles of elderberry wine with brandy up to 20% I left it for a couple of years before drinking and it was rather nice!
by MarkA
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: potato wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1530

Re: potato wine

I made potato wine a year or so back and have only just finished drinking it. It was a nice wine but I really don't think the potatoes added anything (unlike carrot or parsnip wine using the same recipe). The recipe had wheat in it and, having made wheat wine in the past (and really liking it), it t...
by MarkA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrogen sulphide
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

Re: Hydrogen sulphide

WalesAles wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:29 pm
MarkA wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Jocky wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:06 pm
Oxidation?
Where do these myths come from??
Mark,
The Myths on the Mountains,
The Rivers running free...................

WA

Or was that `Mist on the Mountain`?
Time to stop drinking Rasp and Cran TC or what? :D
or drink more....? :wink:
by MarkA
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrogen sulphide
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

Re: Hydrogen sulphide

Jocky wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:06 pm
Oxidation?
I've never used an airlock on any beer (a square of tin foil with starsan does the job covering the hole) and have never had an oxidised beer, even after leaving a lager for 5 weeks. Where do these myths come from??
by MarkA
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Conditioning before bottling
Replies: 11
Views: 919

Re: Conditioning before bottling

I leave the primary fermentation to run for 2 weeks, upping the temp by a couple of degrees for the last few days to make sure it's finished. The yeast will clean any fermentation byproducts up in that time, then I bottle. Racking to another vessel adds more risk of infection, not to mention the eff...
by MarkA
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.
Replies: 41
Views: 1990

Re: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.

Just remembered!! Another thing I did was to put a small piece of siphon tube inside the outer valve (the bit where you screw the bulb onto). This makes the gas release slower and not push the band out of place which I seem to remember happened with the new ones I fitted
by MarkA
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.
Replies: 41
Views: 1990

Re: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.

Drink quicker! It's no fun though, I had the same problem a while back and the above sorted it (I think I actually replaced the bands as they become worn and slightly loose letting all the gas escape behind them) Another obvious thing is not to over-tighten the lid as it can distort the o ring causi...
by MarkA
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.
Replies: 41
Views: 1990

Re: Pressure leaking from my King Keg valves.

There is a little rubber band around the valve (the bit that is on the inside of the lid), make sure this is covering the small pressure release hole. Hope this helps!
by MarkA
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Bottling Elderflower Sparkling Wine
Replies: 1
Views: 597

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: 2831

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: 2831

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: 1089

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: 1264

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...