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by steviebobs83
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: From Concentrate?
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: From Concentrate?

As long as it's got no preservatives added into it, you should be fine. People add grape juice concentrate to wine kits and country wines all the time.

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by steviebobs83
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Viability of malt as it ages
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: Viability of malt as it ages

Is it crushed or whole? It'll last longer whole.

Saying that, I'm pretty sure I've used crushed grain over 4 months old and it's been fine.

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by steviebobs83
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Oak aging?
Replies: 22
Views: 2534

Re: Oak aging?

Does anyone have experience next of using oak smoking “powder” to impart some oak flavour? I’m brewing an old style Keeping ale (albeit with Kveik yeast. Yeah, go figure!) and I plan to put a portion of it into a demijohn with some of my mixed ferm culture and I fancy a bit of oak character too. I ...
by steviebobs83
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Kombucha

Thanks Steve. I've been googling it like mad and watching videos, so I've got an idea of how to go on. I was more after tips on the best places to get a scoby from and whether or not getting a cheap vs expensive one made a huge difference. I'm looking at it from a brewer's perspective obviously, bu...
by steviebobs83
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Kombucha

Anybody here into making this stuff? I've made it myself in the past, Jim. It's a bit of an acquired taste, can get very sharp and vinegary the longer you leave it. I cultured my own scoby (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) from an unpasteurized bottle I bought from an organic shop on Heaton...
by steviebobs83
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Using Pellets for the First Time
Replies: 6
Views: 487

Re: Using Pellets for the First Time

It's always been a sludgy disaster for me in the GF. I exclusively use bags/socks for pellets. Not sure on the efficiency drop but I never had any success without, so have nothing to gauge against.

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by steviebobs83
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast
Replies: 93
Views: 16961

Re: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast

I've used their Høg Nørsk yeast in a smash and it ferments fast and clean. Really liked it and bought a few more packets for future brews. How long did it take to ferment out? Did you go for the top range of 27c? The whole reason I used it was because I had another brew on the go in my temp control...
by steviebobs83
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast
Replies: 93
Views: 16961

Re: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast

I've used their Høg Nørsk yeast in a smash and it ferments fast and clean.

Really liked it and bought a few more packets for future brews.
by steviebobs83
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilko`s Red Ale for Cwrw Gwent........
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: Wilko`s Red Ale for Cwrw Gwent........

Where do you find the Wilko's kit? Sounds bloody brilliant Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk I might be wrong but i think Wilko would be your best bet. Edit: I've just noticed you're a South African and probably don't have Wilko stores. If you have any British relatives, ask if they'll send you ...
by steviebobs83
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Other Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Bubble gum vodka
Replies: 1
Views: 1042

Re: Bubble gum vodka

I've heard skittles work well too
by steviebobs83
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Pros and Cons?
Replies: 31
Views: 2662

Re: Pros and Cons?

Mine's taken many a knock and been going 3/4 years. It's a solid and reliable bit of kit and, despite a few small gripes, I'd still recommend getting one.
by steviebobs83
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Belgian tripel germolene smell/taste
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

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: 1110

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: 1110

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: 459

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...