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by a-slayer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Dave Line & Lost Beers
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Dave Line & Lost Beers

Looks like Dave Lines was a starting influence for many of us "older" brewers who following his recipes found we could make beer we could be proud of and enjoy.
by a-slayer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Dave Line & Lost Beers
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Dave Line & Lost Beers

I started brewing AG after reading Dave Lines book, first brew was a clone of London Pride. Thie difference from tweaking kits and malt extract brews was amazing, first proper beer I ever made. That was 25 years ago and have made nearly a couple of hundred brews now... thanks to Dave.
by a-slayer
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Replacing 2.4kw element with 3kw.
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Replacing 2.4kw element with 3kw.

I used to have two 3kw elements in my 100 litre pot till they departed this life, now have two 2.4 kw ones and to be honest don't notice any difference in the time it comes to boil.
by a-slayer
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Jimbob's calculator
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Jimbob's calculator

I personally find Grahams original simple to use and perfect for what I need to devise and store recipes.
by a-slayer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1359

Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

I have used one of these for several years with no problems, helps by being waterproof.
https://www.comarkinstruments.net/produ ... ermometer/
by a-slayer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Dry yeast reuse
Replies: 18
Views: 1738

Re: Dry yeast reuse

I often reuse the yeast from a brew made with Gervin/Nottingham dried yeast to ferment the next brew, works a treat. I don't wash it, just use the yeast slurry.
by a-slayer
Thu May 02, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brewing heating element
Replies: 7
Views: 916

Re: Brewing heating element

I bought one, it was only 1 or 1.5kw so pretty useless for me.
by a-slayer
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Smallest brew ever
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Smallest brew ever

Now being of a careful disposition and not liking waste I have just bottled off my smallest batch ever, a total of seven pints. It has come about from saving the leftovers from my boiler, I have a 100 litre boiler and when draining off am left with about a litre and a half of murky wort. These have ...
by a-slayer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 1263

Re: Hop Spider Performance

I too tried a spider as more hops seem to be available as pellets, used a few times and wasn't happy as hop flavour was reduced. I now still use pellets but also use 40 to 50% leaf to act as a filter which works fine. Perhaps increasing hop rate might have been the answer but I think I was hoping th...
by a-slayer
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stockpots as fermenters?
Replies: 40
Views: 3991

Re: Stockpots as fermenters?

I have used a Bergland 70 litre pot as a fermenter for several years, I got fed up of replacing plastic every few years. I don't have a tap in it as I don't like difficulty of keeping them clean. The lid is loose fitting and all I do is wrap cling film round it to keep out anything. As Kev said, bee...
by a-slayer
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Insulated mash tuns
Replies: 30
Views: 2496

Re: Insulated mash tuns

Powell brewing do a 38.5 litre one, bottom draining, false bottom, temperature probe and tap all done for £159
by a-slayer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Black residue when cleaning SS
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Black residue when cleaning SS

I use a nylon scrub to clean the stubborn residue in my SS fermenter with no problems, I clean it, rinse, tip out the water then spray with starsan and let dry.
by a-slayer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stuck mash
Replies: 45
Views: 4057

Re: Stuck mash

Perhaps the drain off tube is touching the bottom with the weight of grain on it, try cutting a slot in side of it so even it touched the wort can get through.
by a-slayer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Optic (Spring) Malt
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Re: Optic (Spring) Malt

Plenty of other spring varieties of malt available, try Concerto. The Malt miller sells it.
by a-slayer
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Demise of Hop and Grape
Replies: 59
Views: 7585

Re: Demise of Hop and Grape

It is sad, H&G was my first supplier of malt and hops, also my first 10 gallon boiler and mash tun came from them. But there again maybe I am partially guilty of their demise as I have not bought anything from them for years, we all like a bargain and go where we can get the best deal and those that...