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by Top Cat
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Beer Life Expectancy in a Cornie
Replies: 11
Views: 478

Re: Beer Life Expectancy in a Cornie

Hey Jocky So i see. So for convenience and to be able to pull a pint on draft though, the corny is the aspiration. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk Hi Wizz. It’s certainly very satisfying! When I started brewing again I wanted to take it to the next level, and had thoughts just like you. Initia...
by Top Cat
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Dry hopping advice
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Dry hopping advice

Hi Bedders. Add your malt extract at the start or during the early part of the boil, the strength of the wort has an influence on the hop performance. Regarding dry hopping, it depends how hoppy you want your beer, and experimenting to get it right for you is really the only answer. Your hop schedul...
by Top Cat
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First brew advice please
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: First brew advice please

Thanks top cat I am going to purchase a wort chiller before my next brew. For my next brew I am going to have a go at mango pale ale using 4kg maris otter 1.2kg mangrove Jack's pale liquid malt Crystal malt Torrified wheat Citra hops Mosaic hops Safeale 05 us yeast My question is how much crystal m...
by Top Cat
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First brew advice please
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: First brew advice please

Hi Bedders. Just endorsing all what Orlando has posted. Just to add, in the early eighties when I started grain brewing, I used to cool my wort that I had boiled in a large stainless pot, in a bath of cold water. Later after a little more experience I purchased a Bru heat plastic boiler for convenie...
by Top Cat
Sat May 30, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Recipe help for a first all grain brew
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Recipe help for a first all grain brew

Collecting and disposing of sparged spent grain from your mashtun is APITA. Well it is to me! A mash bag obviously retains the grains so all you have to do is lift the bag out of the mashtun and dump the grains without the messy collecting and rinsing. If you wish to go down that route make sure you...
by Top Cat
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reusing Dry Yeast.
Replies: 10
Views: 1156

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: 849

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: 849

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: 602

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: 1418

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: 1328

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: 1328

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: 1282

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: 1282

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: 1282

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...