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by Cobnut
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: St Austell Brewery Yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 1544

Re: St Austell Brewery Yeast

I too have used this yeast for a recent brew. My yeast calculator told me I only needed a 0.6L starter for my 23L batch :shock: I only used the dregs from a single bottle in about 30ml wort and then stepped up to 0.6L in one go. The starter really did seem to grow nicely, perhaps due to my stir-plat...
by Cobnut
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brewhouse/Shed Wishlist
Replies: 20
Views: 461

Re: Brewhouse/Shed Wishlist

The most important bit for me was the extractor fan. I have this on my list; otherwise I have to put up with a bit of steam or open the (double) doors and windows on my shed. I need to add more "storage" in my shed; there's so many odds & sods in there I need to "organise". I have electrics, water,...
by Cobnut
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: GF - Starting boil as I sparge?
Replies: 17
Views: 2030

Re: GF - Starting boil as I sparge?

My sparge water heater is a cheap 30L tea urn I bought when I was doing BIAB. I modified it with a proper tap, but if it's only for sparge water, I don't think I'd bother if I were to do it again; and insulated with a £5 foil-backed camping mat from Tesco (Other supermarkets available). sparge.jpg P...
by Cobnut
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please
Replies: 28
Views: 802

Re: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please

I have a jar full of Voss Kveik yeast slurry. Tempted to try a lager-like ale/beer with this yeast. Anyone tried this yeast in a faux-lager? Guidance on fermentation temp? The slurry is from a English style ale fermented at 33C. It turned out quite full bodied - creamy even - but with a very slight ...
by Cobnut
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please
Replies: 28
Views: 802

Re: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please

I get the point about water usage; it's an issue in beer production. IIRC the most efficient breweries use around 2L of water for every 1L of beer produced, but at our scale I suspect it's nearer 5-6L per 1L. Or maybe even higher. I've already said that I use the GF CFC to cool my wort and certainly...
by Cobnut
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please
Replies: 28
Views: 802

Re: Proven Pilsner Recipe Please

Why can you not put your boiled wort in your fermentation fridge set on cold to speed up the wort cooling? Obviously not as good as immersion chiller, CFC or plate chiller, but better than leaving it to cool at room or garage temperature. Failing that, buy or make an immersion chiller. I made one fr...
by Cobnut
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Thai spiced saison
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Thai spiced saison

That sounds interesting. Please let us know the quantities used and the result.

I might have to experiment with ginger chilli and basil though...
by Cobnut
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Thai spiced saison
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Thai spiced saison

Trying to work out whether I'm smoking something or not, but been thinking about slightly wacky modern-ish craft beer using Thai flavours of lemon grass, basil, ginger and chilli, and maybe coconut. I was thinking of a saison base (already a little "spicy" and dry enough for the more subtle flavours...
by Cobnut
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Tilt hydrometer review
Replies: 76
Views: 4104

Re: Tilt hydrometer review

@PeeBee, loving the analytical approach you're taking to this. As I've said before, I do like my Tilt, but it certainly is not without its' issues! Hazelweiss Tilt log.jpg This log from a recent Hefeweiss brew in my fermentasaurus shows some very odd "behaviour". I've highlighted two areas which I t...
by Cobnut
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Muntons Brewery in a Bag range
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: Muntons Brewery in a Bag range

I went to Brewcon in London last November and Muntons had a stall there where they were giving samples of beer made in one of these. To be honest, it reminded me of homebrew of old, i.e. unpleasant! If you can't or don't want to brew AG, buy a decent quality kit or buy some LME/DME, some fresh hops ...
by Cobnut
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Whoops, messed up water additions.
Replies: 13
Views: 527

Re: Whoops, messed up water additions.

0.5g cacao nibs? I very much doubt anyone would notice that in a beer this big!
by Cobnut
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Experimenting With Cheap Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Experimenting With Cheap Kits

Are you suggesting that I could get 2kg of liquid malt extract add some hops and choose a yeast and potentially make a nice brew? This is precisely what I used to do before I moved to AG. Made some decent brews. I reckon the biggest steps to improving beers are 1) Sanitation, 2) Temperature Control...
by Cobnut
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Raspberries In The FV
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Raspberries In The FV

I put supermarket frozen raspberries in secondary with my strong Belgian blonde. Took a while for them to sink to the bottom - in fact they may not have totally done so - but the beer ended up lovely and clear given time. Based on that, I reckon no need for either purée-ing or cold crashing. Time - ...
by Cobnut
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Off Taste Problem
Replies: 17
Views: 666

Re: Off Taste Problem

Slightly off topic, but I couldn't resist...

Do you think the Supreme Court verdict today has left a "slight off taste" in the PM's mouth?

I'll get my coat.