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by McMullan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 25ltr Sansone Olive Oil Fusti Fermenter -- with pics
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Re: 25ltr Sansone Olive Oil Fusti Fermenter -- with pics

How did this turn out, Hogarth? Anyone else used one as an FV?
by McMullan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: A hogshead, a firkin at a time
Replies: 53
Views: 11274

Re: A hogshead, a firkin at a time

Sacrifice beer, in my experience. The first few beers, if stored for months, are likely going down the drain. Just a few days in a 'green' barrel is enough to ruin a beer. Once hydrated/sealed, the barrel needs to be kept filled. I've heard of people storing fresh oak barrels full with citric acid f...
by McMullan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Ro or tap
Replies: 128
Views: 3176

Re: Ro or tap

Not really wanting to chime in here, and certainly not as an ‘expert on water’, because I ain’t. Just wanted to add that Wallybrew’s excellent water analysis service - and the beneficial impact it had on my brewing - really did disprove the notion my local water company’s numbers were right. As far ...
by McMullan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New to AG but not new to brewing, need friendly help and advice please!
Replies: 18
Views: 846

Re: New to AG but not new to brewing, need friendly help and advice please!

orlando wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:10 pm
Jocky wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:28 pm
Welcome. Ask anything, we’ve all been new and confused at least once in the past.
At least? :lol:
Once?
by McMullan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: A hogshead, a firkin at a time
Replies: 53
Views: 11274

Re: A hogshead, a firkin at a time

You can get much smaller oak barrels, from 1L up, but a new one takes time to condition for long-term ageing. You can spend up to a year or more before it's ready for long-term ageing. 10L is a nice entry size. Easier to handle and maintain its ideal environment too. And small enough to hide away an...
by McMullan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New pH probe--help!!
Replies: 19
Views: 803

Re: New pH probe--help!!

Been wanting a pH meter but the price of the voltcraft has been putting me off, has anyone on this forum/other uk forums used that one LeeH? For that price you'd be better off getting one from Amazon or eBay. At least you'd get a replacement or a refund if it went 'bang'. Plus that seller on Aliexp...
by McMullan
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Storing Yeast Slurry in Bags... Would you trust these?
Replies: 21
Views: 2567

Re: Storing Yeast Slurry in Bags... Would you trust these?

You got it, Guy =D> There's no sense in trying to preserve yeast unless it's done properly. It's easier - and a lot cheaper - to simply buy fresh yeast and repitch a few times or so. That's my point exactly. That's what actually saves the home brewer time and money.
by McMullan
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Storing Yeast Slurry in Bags... Would you trust these?
Replies: 21
Views: 2567

Re: Storing Yeast Slurry in Bags... Would you trust these?

McMullan wrote:
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:56 pm
Freezing yeast successfully requires more than blogosphere lore. Next time I freeze some, I'll document the process to give an idea.
Just managing my YouTube vids and realised I didn't ever post this one. It's still relevant, though, so here it is:

by McMullan
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Shorter, cooler dry hopping times
Replies: 26
Views: 1080

Re: Shorter, cooler dry hopping times

f00b4r wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:02 pm
An interesting post Scott Janish on why dry hopping cooler and with shorter contact times may be beneficial in a few ways.
Very interesting read with sufficient evidence to warrant giving it a go.
by McMullan
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

Phil, you must be one of a tiny minority of brewers - on the fringe - who does no chill out of choice . Your process isn’t the optimal way of achieving clearer wort and delaying fermentation introduces unnecessary risks. There’s sufficient (and accessible) scientific evidence here . But I doubt it’s...
by McMullan
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

Yes, Phil, yeast ferment better in clearer worts. Although it’s true a little trub can be beneficial in some cases, in terms of providing nutrients for yeast, too much has a negative effect on fermentation, relative to its clearer counterpart. ’Trust me, I’m a scientist’ was me saying ‘I know how sc...
by McMullan
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

Some people survive without being vaccinated. That doesn't disprove the benefits of vaccination. I'll stick to the 'moral high ground' and embrace progress. It works for me, especially in terms of fermentation performance and going from grain to glass. Brewing is a process. It's the brewer's choice ...
by McMullan
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

My understanding is that no-chill brewing involves transferring hot wort (and a lot of suspended solids) to an FV (hopefully not plastic) and waiting a day or two for it to cool to pitching temperature. In parts of Australia it might be the only option. Your approach was different, Kev. But even her...
by McMullan
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

If you're going to invoke the name of science then you need to be a bit more definite. In this case, what did they define as 'rapid'? Most published research is focused around commercial practices and the challenges/issues encountered at that scale, not home brewing scale. When you are talking abou...
by McMullan
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 29
Views: 1066

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

Hi Meaty Already posted on that basis - as above. ... Would be more than happy if someone can counter what I've already been told ... have a look there (link) ... the "nay-sayers", just about ALWAYS those who've never done no-chill (or who think just about anything that doesn't use the expensive co...