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by Blackaddler
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: WE Homebrew
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: WE Homebrew

Website now up and running... http://wehomebrew.club/
by Blackaddler
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Homegron hops and cross pollination
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Homegron hops and cross pollination

They should all be female, so no cross pollination as far as I'm aware.
by Blackaddler
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: WE Homebrew
Replies: 1
Views: 103

WE Homebrew

A brand new homebrew club is starting up in Windsor next month. WE Homebrew will meet from 7pm, every last Wednesday of the month, starting September 2019. The club is being supported by Windsor & Eton brewery, and will be hosted there. Thanks to Paddy for providing the facilities. The aim of the cl...
by Blackaddler
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Damson Porter/old ale help
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Damson Porter/old ale help

I used damsons in a porter some years ago. What I didn't realise was that there is a hell of a lot of pectin in damsons. Pectin is great for making jam, [which is what is do with damsons now], but not so good for beer. That brew looked like mud. It took a couple of years, at least, to clear enough t...
by Blackaddler
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Angram CQ service
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Angram CQ service

Update... For those of you with the CQ model, please note the reply that I finally got from Angram this morning. Unfortunately we do not sell cylinder seals for the water jacketed cylinders due to the risk of cross contamination. We do however sell new cylinders, which I have provided the prices bel...
by Blackaddler
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Angram CQ service
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Angram CQ service

Well, Angram never called yesterday or today, so I just went ahead and fixed it. The pin wouldn't lever out with a small screwdriver, but a pair of pincers did the job easily, with a bit of a twist. The pin is just a push fit, but has a kind of thread on it. Pin removed, and re-bent return spring......
by Blackaddler
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Angram CQ service
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Angram CQ service

Thanks, a useful diagram, that. I'm waiting on a call from Angram technical dept. at the moment, so I'll find out what they have to say. I do have an older, spare CQ, which I could swap the top plates over if need be, but I reckon that it should be repairable. I have noticed on the ones that I've se...
by Blackaddler
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Angram CQ service
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Angram CQ service

I've now moved on to servicing the club's Angram CQs. We bought these new in 2012, and have 10 on the bar. I'm on the third one, and have found a broken return spring. Has anyone else had this problem? I noticed that on the previous two CQs, one spring detaches completely, while the other seems to b...
by Blackaddler
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Harry Masons beer engines
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Harry Masons beer engines

A note on older Harry Masons beer engines [pre 2012]. I've just finished servicing a number of these for our club, but required a few spares. Amongst which, were a clevis . It's different from from the one I was replacing, and so is the clevis pin . These parts appear to have been redesigned to make...
by Blackaddler
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer engines; keeping it fresh
Replies: 54
Views: 4733

Re: Beer engines; keeping it fresh

For a note on Harry Masons older beer engines, See viewtopic.php?f=38&t=81509.
by Blackaddler
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Calling Beer Engine experts
Replies: 87
Views: 14787

Re: Calling Beer Engine experts

I've just finished stripping and cleaning a couple of EWL items. I made the mistake of removing the cylinder first. I found it impossible to undo the nut until I bolted the cylinder back onto the chassis. Jim's advice, to clamp the big nut at the bottom into a vice or similar (I used a workmate), an...
by Blackaddler
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer engines; keeping it fresh
Replies: 54
Views: 4733

Re: Beer engines; keeping it fresh

I have also learned to my cost that bleach/chlorine can permanently taint the pumps . It shouldn't be a problem with thin bleach but probably would be with thick bleach, which is intended to cling to surfaces. Let's not forget that pub cleaning fluid is chlorine based. Beer liner cleaner usually ha...
by Blackaddler
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: 7 year out of date yeast
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: 7 year out of date yeast

As the pack hadn't been opened, the viability was still good, obviously. Storage conditions will affect it to some extent too, but you seem to have done the right thing, and made a starter.

Once opened, viability starts dropping off more rapidly. You can use Mr Malty calculator to see by how much.
by Blackaddler
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Danstar Nottingham
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Danstar Nottingham

I'd suggest that there's another reason for the cloudy bottles, other than the yeast.
by Blackaddler
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Redhill beer festival 3-5/11/16
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Re: Redhill beer festival 3-5/11/16

You could always come down to Egham Beer Festival the following week. 10th - 13th Nov.

No train strikes that weekend [so far]. :?