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by Capped
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: California common recipe advice
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: California common recipe advice

Gut instinct - I'm making a CC soon and I've settled on:

3800g Pale
200 Caramunich
250g Flaked maize
20g Choc malt

All Northern Brewer hops, naturally, and CML Cali Common yeast.

It may be nothing like the real thing, but it'll be nice with or without the label.
by Capped
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Beer not clearing
Replies: 24
Views: 2141

Re: Beer not clearing

"Cold is important too". I know this is true - but why? Cold liquid is denser so should be more able to support stuff floating in it, right??
by Capped
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: An incredibly boring beer
Replies: 84
Views: 7127

Re: An incredibly boring beer

All I know is that if the steward of our local WMC served up a cloudy pint of his best John Smith's, they'd be brawling in the street.
by Capped
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: An incredibly boring beer
Replies: 84
Views: 7127

Re: An incredibly boring beer

The present hop craze is very similar to the "who can eat the most/hottest chillies"fad from a few years ago. I'm still into that and the obsession is becoming dangerous... now getting accustomed to Carolina Reapers and the terrible effect they have on the human body. Won't be long before they're n...
by Capped
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How do you aerate your wort
Replies: 30
Views: 3757

Re: How do you aerate your wort

Three weeks ago I brewed an imperial pilsner with dry yeast, didn't aerate, and it worked fine. I pitched the yeast at 3 pm and the airlock was burping every 8 seconds when I got up the next morning at 7. 1.012 after two weeks. A man after my own heart. I also count the 'burps' as an indication of ...
by Capped
Sat May 27, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hot beer
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Hot beer

i think it's perfect brewing weather. Maybe does get hot in the day, but it drops cool at night; the ale ends up somewhere in the middle, not suddenly assume its surrounding temperature! Without even bothering to check I know that the FV in the corner of my living room will be 20C, give or take a co...
by Capped
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: John Smiths Recipe
Replies: 24
Views: 1929

Re: John Smiths Recipe

Watch the hop levels on those old Dave Line recipes...... Hop IBUs are much higher than in the 1970s I remember buying kits from Boots late 70s early 80s and every time I went, there was what appeared to be exactly the same few 'Goldings Hops' on the shelf in clear,flimsy plastic bags in glaring fl...
by Capped
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1645

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

I just thought I would post a quick update on this. I was about to throw this away yesterday and had another taste test just to be sure. The Cardboard taste had completely vanished. I feel like the little boy who cried wolf, but I know it was there a week ago and was overpowering. I am completely b...
by Capped
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Elements
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Elements

Top Tip - fit two elements. If one packs up mid-boil, you've got back up. Also, letting 'em av it both barrels brings the wort to the boil pronto. And firing them both up at the time of adding the protofloc gives an amazingly violent boil which is something to behold and can't do any harm in coagula...
by Capped
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Pudding Rice
Replies: 34
Views: 2093

Re: Pudding Rice

Just don't use rice pudding from a tin. Unless you're making milk stout.
by Capped
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Torrified V Malted Wheat
Replies: 10
Views: 614

Re: Torrified V Malted Wheat

I don't like the taste of torrefied wheat and malted wheat in beer, but I do like my beer to have good head formation and retention. I've found by experiment that 150g of good ol' plain domestic flour mixed in with the grains (completely side-stepping any mash issues)is undetectable taste-wise, but...
by Capped
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Torrified V Malted Wheat
Replies: 10
Views: 614

Re: Torrified V Malted Wheat

I don't like the taste of torrefied wheat and malted wheat in beer, but I do like my beer to have good head formation and retention. I've found by experiment that 150g of good ol' plain domestic flour mixed in with the grains (completely side-stepping any mash issues)is undetectable taste-wise, but ...
by Capped
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Brass tap nut inside boiler - safe?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Brass tap nut inside boiler - safe?

I always thought brass was copper and zinc. Why the lead?? Makes it easier to machine :) Thanks - thought as much. Sorry for splitting hairs but if you add lead to brass, how can it still be called 'brass' when it becomes something else? They could at least call it leaded brass, like petrol! I mean...
by Capped
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Brass tap nut inside boiler - safe?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Brass tap nut inside boiler - safe?

I always thought brass was copper and zinc. Why the lead??
by Capped
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast
Replies: 147
Views: 19641

Re: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast

WTF?!? ^^^^ It's been approx 24hrs since pitching and it's gone from 1050 to a dead-stop at 1014, all at a rock-steady 20C and after incessant mopping up of the overflow. Is this some kind of record? I know I make the finest worts known to all of humanity :lol: but, c'mon.