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by bitter_dave
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit

I’ve got to emphasise that this is just a guess. I’ve never made a lager in my life (I tend to brew darker beers), so someone with more experience in this may have some thoughts. However, you can get extra light DME which is made for pale beers, if you’re adding this. Also, you could look at the use...
by bitter_dave
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Wilco's Mexican Lager kit

I think I’m right in saying that liquid malt extract continues to darken in the can as it ages. Could it be that this can had been around a fair while? Depends on the shade of brown and age of extract. Nothing in your description of technique seems unusual to me.
by bitter_dave
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New to AG but not new to brewing, need friendly help and advice please!
Replies: 18
Views: 856

Re: New to AG but not new to brewing, need friendly help and advice please!

Have you considered extract, all you need it a hob and large pot. You can make exceptional beer with DME, steeped grains and fresh hops. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro I’ve been brewing DME extract brews for my last few beers, having previously brewed AG. I’ve been making milds and I’ve bee...
by bitter_dave
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Commercial Brews
Topic: OGs of old-school beers
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: OGs of old-school beers

I would really like to go to that beer festival! I could have enjoy pint of Gales Bitter again! Also, approve of all that mild. I don’t really remember much of it about when I moved on from lager in the early 2000s, but maybe I wasn’t looking for it and I have not been to a beer festival in a long t...
by bitter_dave
Sat May 25, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Customise Your Beer Kits
Topic: Mackeson-ish Stout
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: Mackeson-ish Stout

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Well, I’ve bought the ingredients for my experiment, so I’ll let you know how I get on, in case there are any other fans of low abv milk stout!

I had the yeast already, which I may or may not use as supposed to work on sweet stouts
by bitter_dave
Thu May 23, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Customise Your Beer Kits
Topic: Mackeson-ish Stout
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: Mackeson-ish Stout

Update: done a bit of googling Coopers Australian Pale Ale might be a good match for this it seems. 25 IBUs when made up to 23 litres - almost bang on in terms of bitterness. 1.7 kg in a can.
by bitter_dave
Thu May 23, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Customise Your Beer Kits
Topic: Mackeson-ish Stout
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Mackeson-ish Stout

Hi everyone, I'm quite a fan of Mackeson Stout as a fairly tasty low abv beer (around 3%), although it comes in annoying sized small cans. From reading Wheeler's European book, and Protz's 1000 beers book it seems to be pale malt, chocolate malt, non-fermentable lactose, and caramel for colour. Fair...
by bitter_dave
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Brown ale
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Re: Brown ale

Tyneside Brown by the Hadrian Border brewery was nice when I tried it.
by bitter_dave
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Safe brewing in plastic boilers?
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: Safe brewing in plastic boilers?

You can pick up stainless steel burco boilers, like the one I have, for less that some ready made plastic boilers, so that is perhaps looking into. I used plastic for years and only stopped when I had to buy a new boiler after an extended absence from brewing.
by bitter_dave
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Bugger. That might pop out, if your gentle with it. Just one of those things, these thing happen. It is good quality otherwise and they got back to me quickly. I’ve got the option of returning it for refund/replacement or accepting twenty quid off. Think I’ll return it as the dent will just annoy m...
by bitter_dave
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Well it arrived. It looks good piece of kit but annoyingly has a dent on the side around the handle area. Don’t think it should too negatively affect the performance but might see about getting a bit of cash off. Bit undecided.
by bitter_dave
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Sparging ?
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Sparging ?

Hi Alfie,

I also returned to brewing last year after a ten year break!

I found this batch sparge calculator useful: https://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/batchcalc.php
by bitter_dave
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Well, I bought one!

I found this video useful about the Brewers Edge Mash and Boil, which looks either the same or similar as Norm says:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1nM4jdMo_74
by bitter_dave
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Hi Norm, thanks for the info - going to buy one!

Sounds perfect for my needs and a bargain at the price! I quite like the idea that it has no pump.

I’ll report back on the forum on my first brew with it!

Let me know if you are ever in Whitley Bay Area and I’ll buy you a pint!
by bitter_dave
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Cheap One Pot Klarstein
Replies: 30
Views: 3814

Re: Cheap One Pot Klarstein

Hi Norm, i’ve Done a bit of googling and it seems to hold 25 litres plus some reasonable headspace so it looks like a brew length of 23 litres is possible (perhaps topping up with boiled water at the end). Just one other quick question. You say that step mashing would be difficult, which is fine for...