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by Top Cat
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reusing Dry Yeast.
Replies: 9
Views: 229

Re: Reusing Dry Yeast.

I asked a very similar question some time ago and was advised to download the mr malty app. Works a treat for yeast stored in the fridge. All you do is put the age of the yeast in the appropriate box with the gravity and amount of beer you wish to brew, and it calculates the amount you need to pitch...
by Top Cat
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Shelf life of opened packs of leaf hops
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Shelf life of opened packs of leaf hops

All replies took on board, may thanks. I generally brew English bitters/ pale ales, so the hops are quite common English varieties. Fortunately I’ve got a decent nose to test hops I use for aroma reasons, I’ve actually noticed different aroma in newly opened packs of the same hops from different sup...
by Top Cat
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Shelf life of opened packs of leaf hops
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Shelf life of opened packs of leaf hops

Having gone through five pages of posts, I still can’t find an answer I’m looking for! I’m getting conflicting opinions on the life of leaf hops when the vacuum pack has been opened. Generally the procedure I follow when opening a new 100g pack, is cut the pack just below the seal for access, remove...
by Top Cat
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Help With Inkbird ITC-308 Controller
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Help With Inkbird ITC-308 Controller

I agree with Guy, placement of the sensor is a big issue, you will be surprised to find various temperature readings in different locations. I have three of these Inkbirds, and find them excellent bits of kit, but I don’t use them above fermentation temperatures, ie for fermentation, chilling and co...
by Top Cat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Double kraeusen
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: Double kraeusen

It’s more common than you think! I’ve had exactly the same problem inconsistently for the last 18 months using dried yeast (us 05) and yeast scrounged from St Austell Proper Job. In some instances the krausen went through the air lock on it’s increase. To counter the problem I unclip the lid on the ...
by Top Cat
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap
Replies: 12
Views: 773

Re: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap

Thanks HH, I did do that in fact, but it was still nigh impossible. I managed it by gripping the washer with 2 outsize paperclips and stretching and pulling it over the threads. I thought I would rip it completely, but only a little luckily. Barrel still leaking v bad and can't work out where. I us...
by Top Cat
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap
Replies: 12
Views: 773

Re: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap

Richie, I would purchase another valve immediately, get your leak sorted, then play about with your old valve to get it right. They can be a pain in the backside when they aren’t right. I’ve had the opposite problem to you where the valve hasn’t released excess pressure and has split a barrel! It is...
by Top Cat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

These look identical to what I use https://www.waterfiltershop.co.uk/2-5-x-10-carbon-block-5-micron-filter-dual-pack.html The filter is a compatible replacement water filter cartridge for similar 10" filter housings including brands such as Pentek, Ametek, Culligan, Whirlpool and so on. It will fit...
by Top Cat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Trefoyl wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:28 am
What I use:
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I got the idea of using a charcoal filter from Jim’s brew day pictures.
Any idea where I can get something similar in the UK Guys?
by Top Cat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Thanks for the extensive help guys, all posts have been helpful. Short term it’s campden tablets, I’m assuming one tablet per twenty three litres. Long term possibly a year on, we will be updating the kitchen, and we will need filtered water to drink anyway, so I’ll just use the kitchen tap for my l...
by Top Cat
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Hi all. I have always used tap water through a charcoal filter for brewing, the only reason being the filter was there for drinking water when I started brewing again. Our water has fluoride in it, it seems more pronounced later in the evening, awful to drink. I haven’t tried brewing non filtered wa...
by Top Cat
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%
Replies: 51
Views: 5839

Re: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%

Hi all, just thought I'd share this one as it's a one off brew. It'll be round Birmingham, Worcester and surrounding festivals this summer, I don't mind giving the recipe away. Into cask yesterday and it tastes awesome. It's a golden hoppy beer with a full body, and a sort of light vinous orangey f...
by Top Cat
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%
Replies: 51
Views: 5839

Re: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%

Hi all, just thought I'd share this one as it's a one off brew. It'll be round Birmingham, Worcester and surrounding festivals this summer, I don't mind giving the recipe away. Into cask yesterday and it tastes awesome. It's a golden hoppy beer with a full body, and a sort of light vinous orangey f...
by Top Cat
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Weatheroak Hill Brewery / Sunshine Marmalade 4.7%
Replies: 51
Views: 5839

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: 51
Views: 5839

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...