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by dave_h
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: First Stout Advice

Well, it looked that way by assuming you live somewhere in UK. Where are you? Salt Lake City? But to be serious for a moment, that water would be quite alien to UK brewers where even rainfall has more calcium and magnesium than your well water. You didn't send your water to Muphy's? My rough and re...
by dave_h
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: First Stout Advice

Thank you all for the replies, especially Eric. Why are you putting what appears to have been decent brewing water through an ion exchange water softener? I am not using a water softener, I have well water and it is very soft. I had my water tested. I think I have some more reading up to do on water...
by dave_h
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: First Stout Advice

Thanks Eric, I had forgotten about the chloride:sulpfate ratio, it has defiantly made a difference before in my ales. I have to admit I find the water chemistry side of brewing very hard to get my head around :) Looking at my brew'n water, I have Mashing water Profile: Calcium 51, Magnesium 0, Sodiu...
by dave_h
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 761

First Stout Advice

I am planning making my first stout. I would like to get it similar to Guinness but with just a little bit more flavor/complexity. As stated on here before Guinness’s grain ration is 7:2:1 and would look like this for a 24L batch 3.5KG Pale malt 1KG Flaked Barley 0.5KG Roast Barley Im thinking of do...
by dave_h
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crisp Crystal malts
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Crisp Crystal malts

Thanks for all the replies. I think I need to look into IOB a little, I have not heard of that. In future I will have to go by the EBC/L values stated. Luckily I had some of Crisps light crystal on hand too. Crisp is the only crystal I can easily get hold of (live in sweden and buy from Humle.se) so...
by dave_h
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crisp Crystal malts
Replies: 11
Views: 883

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 crystal...
by dave_h
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer engine vs Valterra RP800 Chrome Rocket Hand Pump
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Beer engine vs Valterra RP800 Chrome Rocket Hand Pump

Could someone give me a comparison between a beer engine and a valterra RP 800 pump As far as I can see they should work the same. Obviously a beer engine looks nicer but I can get a new valterra pump compared to an older second hand beer engine. The valterra pump I assume also has a smaller pump ca...
by dave_h
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Purchasing a suitable biab bag
Replies: 51
Views: 11168

Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Update from the above comment. Used IKEA's Teresia curtain in a cooler and it worked great, first runnings were crystal clear.
by dave_h
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Special bitter with whirlpool hops
Replies: 8
Views: 1133

Re: Special bitter with whirlpool hops

I would put that down to the yeast to be honest, I find s-04 quite sharp fruity and pear droppy and lacks the nice bready vanilla flavours you get in the bitters round here. If you're after a proper regional bitter then yeast is king. No need for sugar or carafa 3 imo, try caramel 20, Munich or car...
by dave_h
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

Thanks for the tips TheSumOfAllBeer Get the beer bright. Nucleation points are not helpful, beers that I have actually lagered and fined came very close to the cask effect when conditioned right. Focus on condition and serving temp. A poly pin gets you a lot of the way there I have not normally been...
by dave_h
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

I have come up with a cunning plan (need to say it in your head like Boldrick) regarding my hopping rates. Im thinking of making a larger 30L batch then splitting it. 10L Boil and chill as per receipe 10L Boil and chill and keg hop The above two can share a fermenter 10L Boil, chill and whirlpool ho...
by dave_h
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

For bitters you’ll want your sulphates higher than chlorides if you want that typical bite. A 1:1.5 ratio is the lower end and 1:2.5 the upper end, imo. Yes you are right, had the terminology the wrong way around. Good that you noticed as I need to change what I had in my recipe, it was totally mes...
by dave_h
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

WARNING! Don't connect these LPG regulators directly to a CO2 cylinder. They are only rated for 10BAR max (not the about 60BAR found in a CO2 cylinder). They are fitted as "secondary" regulators down stream of the bottle or cylinder regulator you might already have (the "primary" regulator). I was ...
by dave_h
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

Thanks for all the input Personally I tend to add Carapils rather than wheat, I have tried both and prefer it. Also, I find 2.5% certainly is enough for improved head retention. Ive got quite a bit of torrified wheat but not much carapils, so will save that for other things. But will reduce my wheat...
by dave_h
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Improving English Ales
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Improving English Ales

If you're brewing English then yeast is king. No dry yeast on the UK market will net you anything more than a reasonable result if you're going with the pale/crystal/UK hops combo, you need one of the awesome regional wet yeasts to make something with true character imo. Probably 3 of the best roun...