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by sandimas
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilko's Golden Ale?
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Wilko's Golden Ale?

I tweaked one of these last summer and it came out nice. In addition to the kit and spraymalt or enhancer, I steeped 150g of pale crystal malt (I used Caragold) for 30mins in 4 litres of hot water <70C for 30mins. After straining the grains out, I boiled 13g of Willamette and 13g of Styrian Goldings...
by sandimas
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crisp Crystal malts
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: Crisp Crystal malts

I've been caught out by this too recently: I usually order medium crystal malt from a selection of suppliers and it comes around 140EBC. I was buying some stuff from another regular suppliers and added some medium crystal, when it arrived it was only 80 EBC. I should have checked more when I ordered...
by sandimas
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: First extract- help
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: First extract- help

Recipe looks OK to me. Personally I don't see much point in 15/10/5 min separate hop additions, I'd just go for one late boil addition at 10 or 15, plus the hop steep at the end and dry hop. You can add all the extract at the start or half and then the other half towards the end. In fact I've added ...
by sandimas
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Mangrove Jacks Belgians: M31 and M41. Any views?
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: Mangrove Jacks Belgians: M31 and M41. Any views?

Glad I came across this thread, had a cheeky Dec break in Belgium 2 weeks ago and it reminded me how good their beers are. So a Dubbel brew is planned early in the new year and I was trying to decided which MJ yeast to use.
by sandimas
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Woodfordes Wherry Yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 2366

Re: Woodfordes Wherry Yeast

The packets seem like "the same old yeast" but it's a good strain, never had a problem with it provided you use enough of it - 6g for 23L was insufficient.
by sandimas
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Amazon deal on "Clone Brews"
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Amazon deal on "Clone Brews"

Sorry not really understanding your logic - the recipe says add 2.3kg DME, where do you get the subtract 0.9kg from? I do wish they'd size these recipes for whole 500g or 1kg bags of DME because it clumps up as soon as it hits the moist air, so trying to measure out .3kg and keep the rest of the bag...
by sandimas
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Using extract in an "all grain" brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Using extract in an "all grain" brew?

I do this all the time. I usually size my recipes to take a full 1kg bag of DME and then do a partial AG with around 1-2 kg of grain. Why do I do it? It allows me to use my current setup (15L stockpot on the hob), reduced time in volume of water to heat up and cool. I've gone back to this method aft...
by sandimas
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Woodfordes Wherry Yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 2366

Re: Woodfordes Wherry Yeast

just bought a werry kit and you now get 2 packs of 6g yeast with the kit Yes they finally responded to what the homebrewing community had been telling them for years and added a 2nd packet of yeast into the Wherry kits to bring it up to the usual 11/12g of yeast required for a 40 pint kit. Wonder i...
by sandimas
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Brewferm Abdij - stuck fermentation.
Replies: 12
Views: 914

Re: Brewferm Abdij - stuck fermentation.

I've heard before that there are different instructions about. Personally, I do ferment these on the warm side whereas everything else gets fermented 18-20C.

Just had my last bottle of Abdij this lunchtime - brewed 2 years, 3months ago! It was very nice.
by sandimas
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Brewferm Abdij - stuck fermentation.
Replies: 12
Views: 914

Re: Brewferm Abdij - stuck fermentation.

Brewferm instructions recommend fermenting at 25C (yes, higher than I would have thought) so maybe 19C was a bit low for it?
by sandimas
Sat May 12, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: mangrove jack malt enhancer?
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: mangrove jack malt enhancer?

I've wondered about this too, and like other are suspicious - why would it be cheaper than LME?
by sandimas
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: St Austell 'Proper Job'
Replies: 39
Views: 10337

Re: St Austell 'Proper Job'

They sell a St Austell 'Proper Job' recipe pack here which they claim was reviewed/judged by the creator. It's spot-on (at least to my taste). Made it several times. Last time I took a few bottles on holiday and did an A/B comparison with Proper Job from a St Austell pub, pretty much identical. Nee...
by sandimas
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Admiral's Reserve
Replies: 9
Views: 1846

Re: Admiral's Reserve

I'm still new to this game and would like some advice if possible. I've had Admiral's Reserve in the fermentation vessel for the recommended 6 days and the SG this morning is 1020. Oh dear, it sounds like you have the classic Woodfordes "stuck brew": Woodfordes kits are well know for it, especially...
by sandimas
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Test strip advice
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Test strip advice

I hope you get more success than me: I got the Salifert kit and used the calculators, for whatever reason I ended up over-compensating and with a mash pH way lower than intended. O Level Chemistry was never my strong point! I've read and read the advice on water treatment but I really struggle with ...
by sandimas
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Customise Your Beer Kits
Topic: Hobgoblin please
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Hobgoblin please

I believe that it has cascade in the real stuff. There's a lot of debate about that. Wychwood list the hops on their website and say nothing about Cascade, only Fuggles & Styrians: https://www.wychwood.co.uk/beers/ Also, it's been around for quite a long time (90s maybe even the 80s), way before an...