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by Top Cat
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%
Replies: 35
Views: 3131

Re: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%

Going to be my next brew, one question Rob, I normally leave my beer from pitching yeast to racking into cornies two weeks, the final four days reducing the fermentation temperature down to about one degree for clearing. Adding the hop pellets after four days (just the right time in my opinion) wil...
by Top Cat
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%
Replies: 35
Views: 3131

Re: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%

Going to be my next brew, one question Rob, I normally leave my beer from pitching yeast to racking into cornies two weeks, the final four days reducing the fermentation temperature down to about one degree for clearing. Adding the hop pellets after four days (just the right time in my opinion) will...
by Top Cat
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crisp Crystal malts
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: Crisp Crystal malts

:) I wanted some medium crystal malt so ordered some of Crisps Crystal malt, ( called crystal 240). When I put it into Beersmith it told me this was an extra dark crystal! Looking at Crisps data sheet it says their medium crystal is 250-290 EBC 95-110 °L. Looking at other maltsters their medium crys...
by Top Cat
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Brewing a lager using a kit, lager yeast and a brew fridge
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: Brewing a lager using a kit, lager yeast and a brew fridge

Sound procedure. I’ve just sampled a grain recipe I brewed about 6 weeks ago, using almost an identical method.
The only thing I would add is double the quantity of fermentis yeast, ie 2, 11gram packs per 23 ltrs. Always beneficial when fermenting at low lager temperatures.
by Top Cat
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 855

Re: 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 spide...
by Top Cat
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Your favourite Graham Wheeler recipe...
Replies: 66
Views: 3592

Re: Your favourite Graham Wheeler recipe...

I was just looking for a brewing book to help me delve into British brews, after spending the last year working on my Hefeweis recipe, and stumbled across this thread. Which of the GW books would all of you recommend as I am wanting to start with milds and the more malty brews? This seemed like a g...
by Top Cat
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Lager fermentation, when to rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Lager fermentation, when to rack?

TBH, I don’t like lager too gassed anyway, can’t drink so much ha ha! I reconnected the gas to the cornie to replace any CO2 that had been absorbed. I’ve had to take it out of the brew fridge to make way for fermentation of next batch of ale, mind you it’s only 7c in the garage at the moment. I’ll l...
by Top Cat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Cheapest way to dispense 2 kegs...
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Cheapest way to dispense 2 kegs...

Obviously the cheapest way is to pull the disconnect off one cornie on to the other when required, but I think you can buy John Guest fittings that will allow you to connect both at the same time. Looking at the image of the regulator,(I have a similar one I purchased from the malt Miller). You can ...
by Top Cat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Lager fermentation, when to rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Lager fermentation, when to rack?

Your process sounds good to me. Very similar to what I've done in the past and had good results. As others have suggested, I may have gone a little higher on the temp for the diacetyl rest, but I'm not sure it will make a lot of difference in the long run. It would be interesting to hear your taste...
by Top Cat
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Tap shank/tap thread size
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Tap shank/tap thread size

I have a chest freezer in the garage that I want to use for carbonating/conditioning. Want a tidy way of feeding gas in but can’t find any kind of bulkhead fitting that will pass through the 50mm top My advice would be to put a wooden collar between the top of the freezer and the lid. You can then ...
by Top Cat
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Lager fermentation, when to rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Lager fermentation, when to rack?

Just ignore the nonsense you find on the net and keep it simple. If you have used the right amount of yeast (2*the amount for ale) ferment of 7-10 days at 12°C then ramp up to 17-18°C over the next 7 days. Check the SG cold crash at 5°C for a few days and transfer to what ever your going to lager i...
by Top Cat
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Lager fermentation, when to rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Lager fermentation, when to rack?

Sediment won’t hurt it on this scale and will actually protect it somewhat, so don’t worry about it. Your procedure of racking to a sealed vessel and lagering in there sounds good, that's basically what commercial lager breweries do. You probably won’t get it clear in 4 days at low temperature, if ...
by Top Cat
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Lager fermentation, when to rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Lager fermentation, when to rack?

I’m new to brewing Lager, but as I’ve kitted myself out with a brew fridge, I thought I’d have a go. Fermentation went well, brew OG 1043 10 days @12c, beer now resting 4 days @ 15c. I was going to drop the temperature down to about 3c to aid clearing for about 4 days, then rack off sediment into co...
by Top Cat
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: St Austel 'Proper Job' Cornish IPA - help please
Replies: 45
Views: 3363

Re: St Austel 'Proper Job' Cornish IPA - help please

Thought that was likely to be the case. Thanks. I enjoyed two bottles of PJ last night, but they were both sparkling clear. There was just a slight smear of yeast on one side of the bottom, but they were still nicely carbonated. Shows just how little yeast you need to condition. I've made a small (...
by Top Cat
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: St Austel 'Proper Job' Cornish IPA - help please
Replies: 45
Views: 3363

Re: St Austel 'Proper Job' Cornish IPA - help please

Hi BD. Having experimented a little, I find boiling about 20/25g light dried malt extract in about 250ml of water for about 10 mins to pasteurise it, force cool to about 25c. I then pour into a sterile glass pint milk bottle as the opening takes a demijohn bung, a damn good shake, then add the dregs...