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by sandimas
Sun May 02, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: What Is Extract Brewing?
Replies: 23
Views: 1247

Re: What Is Extract Brewing?

I also do full wort boils. In my opinion dry malt extract can be virtually indistinguishable from all grain. I have not had good luck with liquid extract. Good point about liquid extract: likewise, and there's been a lengthy discussion on another forum about this, liquid can vary greatly in quality...
by sandimas
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: What Is Extract Brewing?
Replies: 23
Views: 1247

Re: What Is Extract Brewing?

Extract brewing and all grain brewing are very different. Sorry, but I disagree: the main difference between the two is that AG has a mash stage. I brewed Extract for a long time before moving to AG, initially I was very disappointed with AG until I honed my technique. The big advantage with AG is ...
by sandimas
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Betty Stoggs - Clone
Replies: 75
Views: 9409

Re: Betty Stoggs - Clone

Resurrecting this ooooold thread as I fancy having a go at Betty Stoggs. A mate of mine had a bottle last night and photographed the label, which is incredibly helpful: malted barley and wheat, hops Northdown, Celeia and Aurora, and it even gave the IBU: 37. Not heard of Aurora before but they seem ...
by sandimas
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Our first Extract Brew
Replies: 14
Views: 1077

Re: Our first Extract Brew

I may get lambasted for this, but I think AG brewing only gives you a tiny step up in terms of quality on Extract brewing. I stuck with Extract for years and when I eventually went AG I was a little disappointed. Of course with AG you can brew a much wider range of beers with all the different grain...
by sandimas
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Our first Extract Brew
Replies: 14
Views: 1077

Re: Our first Extract Brew

Did you use DME or LME? On another brewing forum some of us have come to the conclusion that the liquid stuff causes the homebrew twang, hence why it occurs in tinned kits. Some of us tried some unbranded LME in Extract brews and we all got the twang. Good luck with the brew, it should be miles bett...
by sandimas
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Rehydrating dried yeast
Replies: 23
Views: 2779

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: 18
Views: 3145

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: 2326

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: 1843

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: 2244

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: 9
Views: 1444

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: 3297

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: 6450

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: 7960

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: 7960

Re: leffe brun

I'd love to see the recipe for Pelforth Brune too, one of my favourite continental beers