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by steviebobs83
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste

That makes a lot of sense. Good job I don't mind the taste but I think I'll have to invest in a decent filter for future Belgian endevours. I brew outside so I'll have to try to find one that connects to an outside tap or hoselock fitting.

Thanks all for the sound advice as always.
by steviebobs83
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste

I clean with VWP, rinse with cleab water and sanitize with starsan. No filtering Used Mangrove Jacks Belgian Tripel yeast. I've never had this taste before and my technique is always the same. The only thing I can think is the groundwater was a bit warmer than usual and I pitched a couple of degree...
by steviebobs83
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste

I clean with VWP, rinse with cleab water and sanitize with starsan. No filtering Used Mangrove Jacks Belgian Tripel yeast. I've never had this taste before and my technique is always the same. The only thing I can think is the groundwater was a bit warmer than usual and I pitched a couple of degrees...
by steviebobs83
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cacao Nibs
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Cacao Nibs

I have an export stout in the fermenter at the moment and the Mrs picked up a 250g bag of cacao nibs for 60p (reduced from £6) in Morrison's. I've read a few posts on here about using them in a beer and the consensus seems to be the more, the merrier so I'm planning on lobbing the whole bag into sec...
by steviebobs83
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste

I've recently made a Belgian Tripel and it has a distinct smell and taste of germolene. It hits you quite strongly at first and then dissipates after a few sips. The strange thing is, I really like it. I've had a fair few tripels and only a couple have had a hint of this taste. Is this an "off" flav...
by steviebobs83
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Brut ipa
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Brut ipa

Cheaper than I thought it would be
by steviebobs83
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Brut ipa
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Brut ipa

Never made one but I've tasted a few and they're quite nice. Before they were a 'thing', the Wild Beer Co (UK) did a beer called Brett Brett IPA that was dry as sticks and bloody lovely too. I've watched a few YouTube vids on them but all the extra enzymes and whatnot seem like a lot more room for e...
by steviebobs83
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Oak aging?
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Oak aging?

I racked a gallon of Belgian Dark Strong Ale onto some of these...

Charcoal Companion Port Soaked Wood Chips / 88.5 cu.in, Brown, 7.59x13.31x24.21 cm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00U1GIEMY/ ... aDbD8KM580

Wish I'd done the whole 5 gallon batch, twas lovely.
by steviebobs83
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Dry yeast reuse
Replies: 18
Views: 799

Re: Dry yeast reuse

I've washed both types and never noticed a difference in quality. I've also done a modest gravity ale and then chucked a high gravity wort straight onto the slurry without washing and it took off like a rocket with no noticeable dip in quality (both were quite low hopped FWIW).
by steviebobs83
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Rhubarb wine
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Rhubarb wine

I used 2 gervin hi alcohol yeast and its still going so if it stops can i restart it and how That yeast should go up to 21% ABV given plenty of nutrients. I doubt anything other yeast would do any better. Have you dosed the must with any nutrient? How much? All at once or in stages? If you lobbed t...
by steviebobs83
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Rhubarb wine
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Rhubarb wine

How high does your hydrometer go? If you added no other sugar in the way of fruit, you're looking at something in the 18/19% ABV range if it makes it down to single digits. You could try dosing it with some extra nutrients and some Lalvin EC-1118, which is tolerant up to about 18%. Either that or us...
by steviebobs83
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: White wine concentrate
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: White wine concentrate

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I use Tapatalk on my mobile which has an option on every message to add pictures (I don't have a computer). Not sure what the process is for desktops/laptops etc.
by steviebobs83
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: White wine concentrate
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: White wine concentrate

Or try making it fizzy, it'll lift the elderflower flavour and potentially hide the lack of grape flavour.
by steviebobs83
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: White wine concentrate
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: White wine concentrate

I think it depends on if you're using anything other than elderflower as a flavour, since there's not much to hide behind for the lack of vinosity. I've done with sultanas/raisins vs grape concentrate myself a few times over the years depending on what's available, the amount of other flavours in th...
by steviebobs83
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Mangrove Jacks M02 Cider Yeast smells odd.
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Mangrove Jacks M02 Cider Yeast smells odd.

Update: it's fermenting away nicely, possibly going to blow the lid off my bucket. All the worrying for nothing so far. I'll update on the taste in a month or so.