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by Top Cat
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Help With Inkbird ITC-308 Controller
Replies: 7
Views: 134

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: 10
Views: 489

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: 505

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: 505

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: 467

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: 467

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: 467

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: 467

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: 5027

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: 5027

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: 5027

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: 5027

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: 859

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: 1187

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: 1001

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...