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by man_beach
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Old malt - only fit for bird food?
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: Old malt - only fit for bird food?

I've tasted a bit - tastes OK but I might try steeping some as vacant suggests. (I too have used some very old dark malts with no obvious effect on taste). I presume that it would have lost some of its diastatic power but I only use about 250g of it in a 5 gallon brew anyway so that wouldn't be a co...
by man_beach
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Old malt - only fit for bird food?
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Old malt - only fit for bird food?

I've found that I've got a couple of kilos of crushed Belgian Biscuit Malt which I haven't got round to using. It says on the packet -
'Best before 6 months from crushing/packing date' - which was 27/09/12 (!)
6 year old malt - best feed it to the birds? - Or is it worth risking a brew?
by man_beach
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco wash boiler tap replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Burco wash boiler tap replacement

Thank you Carnot. As I suspect that removing the existing tap will probably destroy it, I wanted to get all of the bits beforehand. Don't want to have the boiler out of action any longer than necessary. That's why I wanted to know the size of hole - so that I could order all of the bits before takin...
by man_beach
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco wash boiler tap replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Burco wash boiler tap replacement

I want to replace the tap on my old Burco wash boiler with a ball valve. Checking my Screwfix catalogue, it looks like I'll need a flanged tank connector, half inch ball valve and some off-cuts of copper pipe. Could anyone tell me the size and shape of hole I'm likely to find when I remove the origi...
by man_beach
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Sodastream cylinder orientation
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Sodastream cylinder orientation

Many thanks, everyone
by man_beach
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Sodastream cylinder orientation
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Sodastream cylinder orientation

I'm in the process of ditching my obsolete Midget Widget system and replacing it with a Sodastream setup. Obviously, the Sodastream cylinder is designed to be used in the vertical position - but can it be used horizontally as well? Naturally, there's nothing on the cylinder or packaging to say which...
by man_beach
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Midget Widget - out of business?
Replies: 10
Views: 1514

Re: Midget Widget - out of business?

That's a shame. I always found the HB S30 gassing method so inefficient for my purposes, which is why I switched over to Midget Widget some time ago. Oh well, time to check out alternatives. I'll probably see if there's a way that I can use Sodastream cylinders - anything larger is a bit of an overk...
by man_beach
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Midget Widget - out of business?
Replies: 10
Views: 1514

Midget Widget - out of business?

I've been happily using a Midget Widget system for pressurising my King Kegs for quite a while now, but my local homebrew supplier says that he can't get them any more. Have they gone out of business? Can anyone confirm, please? I can;t find any information by Googling.

Thanks
by man_beach
Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Polypins
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: Polypins

A bit late with this, but I always use a secondary fermenter (no matter what it's going into finally). Once in the polypin I expel as much air as possible then give a quick squirt with CO2 to remove any remaining oxygen. I don't bother priming if it's in a polypin.
by man_beach
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Coconut- chips or desicated
Replies: 25
Views: 942

Re: Coconut- chips or desicated

There is a gold medal winning recipe in a 1998 issue of 'Zymurgy' for a toasted coconut porter which calls for "shredded coconut, toasted (in secondary)". For a 9.5 litre brew, it uses 200g
by man_beach
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cornish style bitter
Replies: 8
Views: 820

Re: Cornish style bitter

The bitters brewed by Cornish brewers are all traditional English bitters so there is no Cornish style bitter per se. There's nothing distinctively Cornish about them so I'm at a bit of a loss to tell you what the taste you're picking out is. Each of the brewers you describe use different yeasts. S...
by man_beach
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cornish style bitter
Replies: 8
Views: 820

Re: Cornish style bitter

I'm assuming that the pepperyness which I get with both Sharpe's Special & Spingo Middle comes from the hops, rather than the yeast? HSD, for example, has progress & goldings (according to the St Austell website) - but then, I don't get the pepperyness with that. All are fairly old style beers so I ...
by man_beach
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cornish style bitter
Replies: 8
Views: 820

Cornish style bitter

I'm interested in producing a traditional Cornish style bitter - something along the lines of Spingo Middle, Sharpe's Special or St Austell HSD. Drinking Middle in The Blue Anchor, Helston recently, I thought I detected a distinct peppery flavour (which I've also tasted with Sharpe's Special) so I'm...
by man_beach
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: golden syrup in brewing
Replies: 20
Views: 1829

Re: golden syrup in brewing

Taste a spoonful of golden syrup.
Taste a spoonful of sugar and compare.

It gives a nice flavour to some styles of beer - Like Piscator, I've found it works well in conjunction with flaked maize too.