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by sandimas
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Rehydrating dried yeast
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Rehydrating dried yeast

Did you mean 30c? The recommendation is usually 30-35c. Also 10 ml per gram. When I started homebrewing I was told never to re-hydrate the yeast in water more the 5C different to the wort temp as it would shock it, so interesting so see this advice from a manufacturer. I always re-hydrate 20-25C, w...
by sandimas
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Brew kits in the 80s
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: Brew kits in the 80s

The start of my homebrewing "career" was in 1981 with a Boots Lager kit at my mates house, fermented in his mum's airing cupboard - wasn't bad bearing in mind we were 15 at the time :-) I remember having these little plastic bottle caps that popped off if you got too much pressure in the bottles - s...
by sandimas
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: lager
Replies: 19
Views: 1277

Re: lager

Today I brewed a Helles lager with 3% Melanoidin malt, first time I've added this so will be interesting to see how it turns out. Fermenting it with MJ M76 Bavarian Lager Yeast, again a first. I only make lagers once every 2 years or so, so am far from an expert on this style.
by sandimas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit

I've done a lot of LME and DME brewing over the years, hundreds of brews, and I've never seen a brew change colour to brown: slight darkening yes, but not a complete change. I've also made that Wilko kit with light DME and it came out as expected, very light. This doesn't explain your problem but I ...
by sandimas
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Mangrove Jack’s Liberty Bell.
Replies: 11
Views: 1348

Re: Mangrove Jack’s Liberty Bell.

Strange one that. I've never had anything like that in 170 brews, in fact I recently posted on another forum asking how people got those huge Krausen and the replies suggested very high OGs. I've done beers up to 1070 and still not got one like that. Clutching at straws but could there have been twi...
by sandimas
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 2nd Brew - Blue Moon Style Extract Brew Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 590

Re: 2nd Brew - Blue Moon Style Extract Brew Questions

I brewed a partial-mash Wit yesterday, the one from the Greg Hughes book. I used dried yeast MJ21 Belgian Wit as I've used before. I don't think it matters too much on the type of Hallertau as with Wit's all the hops go in at the start of the boil for bitterness. I'd just go with what you can get. I...
by sandimas
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

Re: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.

I've got exactly the same problem in my 3 kegs: the beer is fine after initial carbonation, then starts to develop a TCP taste 4-5 weeks in. Have you tried leaving some beer in the keg to see if it gets worse? Mine just gets more and more phelonic the longer I leave it, real harsh TCP taste and arom...
by sandimas
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: 25li Bulk LME
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: 25li Bulk LME

A bit late to this thread but I absolutely know where you are coming from johnnyboy. I did Extract brewing for many years before moving to AG, everyone said "you won't look back when going AG" but I was underwhelmed and think my beers were as good with Extract as they were with AG. The only thing wi...
by sandimas
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: leffe brun
Replies: 39
Views: 5312

Re: leffe brun

Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to give that a go.
by sandimas
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: leffe brun
Replies: 39
Views: 5312

Re: leffe brun

I'd love to see the recipe for Pelforth Brune too, one of my favourite continental beers
by sandimas
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: If you could choose one hop to brew with Nelson Sauvin what would it be?
Replies: 15
Views: 1492

Re: If you could choose one hop to brew with Nelson Sauvin what would it be?

The single-hop NS brew from the Greg Hughes book is a cracker, I brewed it recently. It's now all gone and I want to use up the NS, but haven't got enough for a full brew, so need to combine it with something. Thinking about Chinook at the bittering stage.
by sandimas
Sun May 19, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Brewing Wherry at 32 pints?
Replies: 2
Views: 809

Re: Brewing Wherry at 32 pints?

That should work fine, I never brew Wherry to full volume anyway.

Like you I tend to brew the single cans, I just bottled one this morning - a 10L brew to which I added some Willamette. 10L=18ish pints so 16 pints should just come out a bit stronger.
by sandimas
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG#38 - A Pale Endeavour
Replies: 3
Views: 936

Re: AG#38 - A Pale Endeavour

What made you consider 5% aromatic malt?

I've not used this malt before and not seen it in many recipes but was thinking of using is to make a dark English ale a bit more fruity, hence the question?
by sandimas
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilko's Golden Ale?
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

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: 1355

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...