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by Laurentic
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: High ABV
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: High ABV

Now reading "How to Brew" by John Palmer which goes into some detail the theory and calculations I need to know about most aspects of brewing it would appear at first glance.

Chris
by Laurentic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: High ABV
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: High ABV

Hi - as per my other current post, sorry for the lack of reply but I have been somewhat sidetracked this week. Reflecting on the comments made, it was interesting to hear that we can expect to achieve higher extraction efficiencies using todays available malts and brewing equipment. Being a relativ...
by Laurentic
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Excess Barrel Pressure?
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: Excess Barrel Pressure?

Hi - sorry for the lack of reply, have been somewhat sidetracked this week. From what you all say it sounds like I am just over priming. I started brewing using Brupaks Craftsman brew packs and similar, before moving onto other recipe bitters from GW's book and using malt extract and hops, before mo...
by Laurentic
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Excess Barrel Pressure?
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Excess Barrel Pressure?

Hi again - second query is on barrel pressure. All my brews over the past few months have been fermented out until the SG doesn't move, then racked off into a KingKeg barrel with between 120 and 150 grams of Medium Spray Malt dissolved in about 300ml or so hot water, cooled and added to barrel befor...
by Laurentic
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: High ABV
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

High ABV

Hi, I have a couple of queries so I will put them into two threads so one doesn't detract from t'other! First up is ABV. I brew all grain using recipes from Graham Wheeler's "Brew your own British Real Ale" book, typically recently has been Exe Valley Autumn Glory, Courage Directors and Timothy Tayl...
by Laurentic
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: Hop Spider Performance

Kev - thanks for your considered discourse, gave more food for thought. Yes of course the hops will settle out in the middle, how silly of me, not thinking straight. The whirlpool will produce a centrifugal force effect, so all the heavy stuff will go to the outside and the lighter stuff (the hops) ...
by Laurentic
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: Hop Spider Performance

I've heard of the 'whirlpool' technique but not tried it. I assume that after the wort is cooled it's then given a mighty 'stir' and all the rubbish collects around the outside of the internal circumference and settles there out the way - am I right, or how does it work? Do you use a special paddle ...
by Laurentic
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Hop Spider Performance

Up to now I have used muslin bags to contain the hops in my Bulldog Brewer during the boil. I have just bought a hop spider with a 300 micron mesh and used it for the first time. I wondered about how well it works. During the boil I noticed that the boil didn't seem to be happening inside the spider...
by Laurentic
Thu May 18, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Long Day with a New Bulldog Brewer
Replies: 6
Views: 2569

Re: Long Day with a New Bulldog Brewer

Hi John, yes the thermostat did settle down on the mash and ended up controlling at the set point quite acceptably. I think part of the problem was that it was my first go with the BB and so I had no experience to guide me on power settings. I was under the impression prior to setting off that the p...
by Laurentic
Tue May 16, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Long Day with a New Bulldog Brewer
Replies: 6
Views: 2569

Long Day with a New Bulldog Brewer

Hi, have just had a long brewing day with a couple of firsts for me - first brew with my new Bulldog Brewer and a first total brew - start to finish - in my shed, which from now on doubles as both a brewery and a machine shop. Thought I would note down my experience, maybe of interest to someone I h...
by Laurentic
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Stuck Fermentation

OK Jim, 250ml it is, about, it's done and we'll see how it goes. Thanks for your help, I appreciated it. Chris
by Laurentic
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Stuck Fermentation

OK Jim, I can just rehydrate in cooled boiled water, let the yeast grow a bit an start adding the wort a litle at a time to get it going. What sort of quantity of water would you rehydrate the yeast in? I was thinking perhaps a litre so as to be able to add say 0.25 litre wort at a time, certainly t...
by Laurentic
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Stuck Fermentation

Jim, I have a couple of sachets of Gervin GV12 Ale yeast, well in date (!), the query is, what is the best way to add the yeast; directly, rehydrate first, or make a starter with it then added it? My fears regarding adding it directly or just rehydrating is that some of the brew will be alcohol and ...
by Laurentic
Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Stuck Fermentation

Jim. It's a malt extract ' Craftsman Yorkshire Bitter' kit, (malt extract, crushed grains, hops and yeast) from Brupac's, yeast as supplied by Brupac's and fermentation temp has maintained at 20-21 deg.C. The malt extract, crushed grains and hops were made up to 10 litres and boiled for I think it w...
by Laurentic
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Stuck Fermentation

Hi MarkA - have tried rousing gently and also adding another sachet of yeast to the brew directly, both to no avail, that is why I am thinking of rehydrating or making a stater for the next sachet of yeast. My thinking is that by rehydrating or making a starter I will know the yeast is going well be...