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by sandimas
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: lager
Replies: 19
Views: 588

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: 344

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: 900

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: 331

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: 1665

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: 3218

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: 4113

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: 4113

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: 1140

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: 517

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: 650

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: 1397

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: 992

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: 1145

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: 2392

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.