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by McMullan
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PET plastic fermenter lifetime?
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: PET plastic fermenter lifetime?

I've been using the same PET Better Bottles for several years. They still look new when cleaned. The first batch I got were ruined by 'chemical fractures', when I failed to dissolve PBW before pouring it in. Very tough considering they're very light weight, as long as the cleaning protocols are foll...
by McMullan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Growing hops from seed
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: Growing hops from seed

Those distant cousins don't necessarily require a cold period to mimic winter like many seeds of temperate flowering plants do Actually they seem to work better with a cold spell before germination,not sure if its 100% necessary,but the theory is your tricking the seeds into thinking its winter so ...
by McMullan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Growing hops from seed
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: Growing hops from seed

adamzworld wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:37 am

I was thinking about doing that, but just wondered whether I should expect to see some signs of life before taking them out of the fridge, or whether taking them out now, planting them and moving them somewhere warm will encourage them to germinate?
Go for it. Just avoid any late frosts.
by McMullan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Growing hops from seed
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: Growing hops from seed

Thanks for the replies chaps. I was planning to just grow the hops for a bit of fun and a challenge to grow from seed! As to whether I'd be able to use the end product for brewing, well that will remain to be seen!! The seeds have been in a sandwich bag now for around a month stuck to damp kitchen ...
by McMullan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Growing hops from seed
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: Growing hops from seed

personallly id get em out of the fridge and out of the plastic bag.Tissue paper on a saucer kept moist with another bit of tissue over the seeds is a popular method of getting one of there distant cousins to kick into life Those distant cousins don't necessarily require a cold period to mimic winte...
by McMullan
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: What's in Your Packet of Hops?
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: What's in Your Packet of Hops?

Being plants, it's not unusual to find some stalk debris among the cones. Due to the need to harvest hops efficiently, it's unlikely sellers receive sufficient debris to 'pack out' repackaged hops for home brewers.

Got any pictures?
by McMullan
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Brewing liquor question
Replies: 38
Views: 1437

Re: Brewing liquor question

Here is what happens: If you are brewing (for example) a Stout which requires 100 ppm of alkalinity in the mash water in order to raise the mash pH to 5.4, and you are beginning (for simplicity) with distilled water at zero alkalinity, and you calculate that a certain amount of calcium carbonate is...
by McMullan
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

orlando wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:13 am
It will be given a proper commital with all due ceremony, tears are likely to accompany it into oblivion. :cry:
How did the service go? :cry: Did you send some bleach? #-o
by McMullan
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

It is important to emphasise the point about "after fermentation". At our scale infection IS highly likely once the yeast has slowed, not even finished, the fermentation. I am about to pour a Beer down the drain because of a "fault" with a sample valve. Unknown to me a seal came loose on it so when...
by McMullan
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

I put one on after fermentation :wink: Me too. The classic homebrew bubbling thing can be unnecessary and/or sometimes even obstructive during fermentation. But it may be worth mentioning that (IMO) this all changes as the fermentation ends, so I wouldn't leave things so casually open to the air af...
by McMullan
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Fruity Dubbel?
Replies: 13
Views: 849

Re: Fruity Dubbel?

Kingfisher4 wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:17 pm
I have… very accurate temperature control… thermowell
You'll be good to go to 26*C then :D Do try fresh yeast (with a starter) at some point - it really doesn't take much effort and the benefits will become clear, once you've used dry yeast for a while and decide you want to up your game.
by McMullan
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

What`s an airlock? WA That's a very good question, WA. And one that warrants an honest answer. In terms of contemporary home-brew parlance - associated with common observations of active primary fermentation, going back years - it refers to a perfectly pointless bit of kit, often promoted by those ...
by McMullan
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

HTH1975 wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:44 pm
It’s a great project and perfect for those kinds of ‘old brewery’ yeasts.
Which are still widely used, to produce some of the finest ales in the world :wink:
by McMullan
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

Cool experiment- how is this different to rousing the yeast with a spoon? I'd say the rousing here is a lot more effective than that which can be achieved with a spoon alone, but I've not roused with a spoon for 5min every 3-4 hours for a period of 36 hours. It's possibly more comparable with what ...
by McMullan
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: A wet version of windsor
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: A wet version of windsor

When you say 'close relative' are you referring to hypothetical phylogenies based on genetic distances among very short non-coding ribosomal DNA sequences? If so, do you think that's a good predictor of how a yeast strain is going to behave? I would say behaviour is going to depend on the genome pro...