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by bitter_dave
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Brewpaks brubox/brubag?
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Brewpaks brubox/brubag?

Hi Aamcle, I can't comment on bruxbox beers of the world, but if you want a quick 10 litre brew maybe do a dry malt extract brew on the stove and do a 20 min boil (doubling the boiling hops to account for the shorter boil). Cool in the sink and tip into the fermenter through a sieve. You get fresh h...
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: New member

Welcome Mervyn! I completely agree with you about what makes this a great hobby - you are always learning! What kinds of beer do you make?
by bitter_dave
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Thanks Eric - it looks like the calcium salifert kit is of dubious accuracy at low concentrations of calcium (hardly surprising). As an experiment I just treated 1/4 of a litre of water with DLS based on the assumption there was 20 ppm of calcium in the water (i.e. 0.4 x 50 alkalinity). I added enou...
by bitter_dave
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Ok, so I just used Salifert tests to test the alkalinity as CaC03 and it came up as 50 (2.8dkH) and the calcium and it seemed to be 70 ppm. Does that sound plausible?
by bitter_dave
Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Live IPA brew day
Replies: 27
Views: 693

Re: Live IPA brew day

Nice to see a brew day documented :)

I am far too clumsy to risk brewing next to the sofa!
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Dave, Thanks for clairifying whay you used a campden tablet. Like Eric, I do not bother with sulphites but I can fully understand why Americans are a little paranoid as their municipal water reeks of chlorine, possibly chloramines as tmany utilities in the US use chloramines instead of chlorine. Yo...
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Kit brew to generate yeast?
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Kit brew to generate yeast?

I have no idea about the coopers kit but brupaks have that beers of the world kit series that is designed to be brewed to ten litres as another possible option? With that quantity of beer presumably you could just pour it in without a starter?
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Nottingham Yeast query
Replies: 29
Views: 811

Re: Nottingham Yeast query

I have found that Liberty Bell seems to very slowly chew through more complex sugars after primary fermentation producing over carbed bottles after a couple of months or so. Clearly, this won’t be an issue if you don’t bottle, or drink your batch relatively quickly! Liberty Bell has a nice flavour ...
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Nottingham Yeast query
Replies: 29
Views: 811

Re: Nottingham Yeast query

I’ve never used Nottingham yeast but Mangrove Jack Liberty Bell yeast would work well at about 18c as an alternative
by bitter_dave
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Milk Stout Infected?
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Milk Stout Infected?

If you’ve got 500 grams of lactose and that starting gravity 1026 sounds about right I would say. Milk stouts do have high final gravities because of the lactose and yours sounds about consistent with Graham Wheeler’s recipes. With regard to infections I would not personally assume this from the pho...
by bitter_dave
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Home Brew Reviews
Topic: Stella Artois V1 - Dave Line - Brewing Beers like those you buy - Video review
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: Stella Artois V1 - Dave Line - Brewing Beers like those you buy - Video review

My one proper attempt at Brewing a Dave line recipe, a Harvey’s Sussex Best clone, in the mid 2000s ended up being incredibly bitter! It might have been my first ag beer, can’t quite remember. I guess hops must have been pretty poor quality in 1978 when he put the recipe together (my brewing skills ...
by bitter_dave
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Ok, I just did a salifert test on cold water just to give it a try. I got a reading of 0.82 dkH, which I believe you multiply by 17.9 to get the CaC03 = 44.75. I believe you want 30 to 50 for bitters so I guess I would not need to adjust it on this occasion. Salifert also make a calcium test, perhap...
by bitter_dave
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Thanks Eric. I mistyped about the HC03 values - these were not all averages but the min reading, the max reading and average for a single water report. Just wanted to correct that. My water when I drink it is not generally that tainted by the taste of Chlorine (when I lived in Norwich years ago it w...
by bitter_dave
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Thanks for your reply McMullan. Useful advice. I was going to add the salts needed for the 11 litres of the mash and the rest in the boiler
by bitter_dave
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Hi Carnot, this is gong to be an all grain beer. Grain is going to be mashed on the stove (2.5 to 3 litres approx per kilo of grain. After mashing I’m going to tip the contents into my 30 litre burco boiler which will have A grain bag in it and about 15 litre water at about 77c. Give it a stir and r...