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by ben034
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: SAFALE US-05 'SOURERING'
Replies: 13
Views: 909

Re: SAFALE US-05 'SOURERING'

Any water treatments being used at all that you haven't used previously? I remember a number of years ago using heavy doses of lactic acid to treat the water and for a while thinking I had an infection of some sort.
by ben034
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Do you take account of break material in hydrometer samples?
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: Do you take account of break material in hydrometer samples?

I guess if break material was floating on top of the hydrometer it could weigh it down though. I assumed you meant it had already compacted but just re-read your post.
by ben034
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Do you take account of break material in hydrometer samples?
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: Do you take account of break material in hydrometer samples?

I don't think solids in the jar would make any difference. It wouldn't change the density of the liquid above it. If you placed the hydrometer in the kettle after cooling (as some people do for readings) there would be loads of trub at the bottom, but it wouldn't impact the reading. Temperature coul...
by ben034
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Mini keg carbonation and dispensing
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Mini keg carbonation and dispensing

How long would the beer stay fresh when using a party star tap? I've been looking at the Klarstein Skal taps which have cooing as well as don't have room for a second fridge. Thinking of using it for bitters that are good low carbonation and cellar temp, and continue bottling lagers / APA etc.
by ben034
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Wyeast 1469 lag?
Replies: 35
Views: 2473

Re: Wyeast 1469 lag?

Glad to hear. It'll be worth the wait. Big fan of 1469 yeast. It's relatively lively so fit a blow off if your fermenter is full.
by ben034
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Wyeast 1469 lag?
Replies: 35
Views: 2473

Re: Wyeast 1469 lag?

Any sign of Krausen on top if you open the fermenter? When you say no activity, do you just mean on the airlock? I would expect to see activity within 24 hours or so but depends on a number of factors including initial cell count. Would certainly recommend a starter next time for wet yeast as you do...
by ben034
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Bottle Conditioning
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Re: Bottle Conditioning

You need a couple of weeks at room temperature first to carbonate. After that, ideally you would store at cellar temperatures (approx 12c) as this is a good serving temp for ales, helps the beer clear and prevents over carbonation if stored too warm. If you can't store at cellar temperatures, just s...
by ben034
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Bargains Online and In Store
Topic: 70% off top end stainless
Replies: 11
Views: 2400

Re: 70% off top end stainless

I know Ubrew were a business based in Bermondsey (London) until they recently closed down. They had a homebrew club and kit you could brew on for a fee. Not sure if above is genuine but would have been tempted if the fermenters were a smaller size!
by ben034
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: a
Replies: 10
Views: 1331

Re: home made pressure fermentor for a trial run

So does the PET bottle growler with the double carbonation cap need some sort of diptube? Can you attach hosing to the inside some how? Looks interesting You would source your carbonation caps seperately, and one of those would have the internal barb that you can hopefully fit something like a 3/8"...
by ben034
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: a
Replies: 10
Views: 1331

Re: home made pressure fermentor for a trial run

PET bottles are rated to scary levels. I routinely put 45 PSI into them as a portable gas source for growler kegs. Some sources say they can take 150 PSI, but someone else can do those experiments on their own youtube channel and I will get popcorn. Oh and if we are talking about practical uses for...
by ben034
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 2703

Re: Stout Trouble

I've had similar issues previously with flaked barley when I used it in a stout at 25%. OG was about 6 points off despite at that time 50+ brews on the same system.
by ben034
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please
Replies: 31
Views: 5353

Re: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please

It depends on your flow rate but I did a very rough calculation and figured it was about 40p to chill to pitching temp in the summer and less during winter (when I can get to pitching temps in around 10 mins) with a cheap immersion chiller. If no chill works for you obviously carry on but I wouldn't...
by ben034
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Standard Brown Ale
Replies: 22
Views: 3758

Re: Standard Brown Ale

A very old post, but has anyone brewed this recipe (from GW book) as mentioned by a previous poster. The colour states 65 EBC yet when I enter it into brewing software I get around 35 EBC (brown ale on beersmith states around 24-53EBC for a brown)? 65 would be very dark no? Thanks
by ben034
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: My TT Landlord Clone (99% there!)
Replies: 22
Views: 8492

Re: My TT Landlord Clone (99% there!)

I've just bottled a new batch (version 3). The last was good and relatively close to TT I my opinion. I've followed the GW recipe but included a post boil addition of Styrian. This is for a 12.5l batch so roughly double if you brew standard size batches. 2.4kg golden promise 30g black malt 15g fuggl...
by ben034
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Beer priming for bottling ; temp & residual CO2?
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

Re: Beer priming for bottling ; temp & residual CO2?

I think the advice above is good. For a low carbonated bitter at 1.4 you are unlikely to produce exploding bottles of fermentation has finished. I do always use a calculator for priming and use the highest temperature after fermentation has completed. So if an ale and it stayed at 21c for a few days...