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by Horatio
Tue May 29, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally
Replies: 19
Views: 4745

Re: Selling Beer Brewed in UK Residence Locally

I did this. We started out with my old home brew kit and produced a single Firkin with every brew. Registering with HMRC is the easy bit, they want your money! You’ll need permission from your local council for planning and environmental health etc. Talk to them first as they are usually very helpfu...
by Horatio
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Small scale commercial.
Replies: 26
Views: 2571

Re: Small scale commercial.

Go for it. I did and love it. I was also a firefighter too! I set up in 2013 in an outbuilding in the garden. It is hard work and you won't get rich either. Within a year I had a 2.5bbl brewery and have now expanded to a 6bbl plant on an industrial estate. All started with a 10 gallon set up!
by Horatio
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: HMRC Excise Notice 226: Beer Duty
Replies: 13
Views: 4160

Re: HMRC Excise Notice 226: Beer Duty

Nobody can keep track of hops, if they do there must be a lot of fudging the numbers. Keeping track of malt and yeast is relatively simple, but hops...a line must be drawn somewhere. I keep track of hops! I record each hop as it comes in (variety and weight) and how much goes into each gyle. No num...
by Horatio
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Shows us your brewery 2015....
Replies: 56
Views: 6096

Re: Shows us your brewery 2015....

Dennis King wrote:Good to see your thriving, wonder how long before your not the smallest commercial brewery in Essex.
Hopefully not too long! Lol
It is going much better than I ever really thought it would!
by Horatio
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Shows us your brewery 2015....
Replies: 56
Views: 6096

Re: Shows us your brewery 2015....

JamesF wrote:I see from pic #2 that you have all your power sorted, too :D

James
I'm hoping not to need it all though! Lol
by Horatio
Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Shows us your brewery 2015....
Replies: 56
Views: 6096

Re: Shows us your brewery 2015....

I'm in the process of building a new 2.5bbl brewery to replace my old 1/4bbl kit. So far I have only just started on the three vessels and have loads left to do. http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy346/HoratioFlange/imagejpg1.jpg The 680 litre HLT. All i have done o this so far is weld a 2 1/4 elem...
by Horatio
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: brown ale recipe
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: brown ale recipe

For 23l
3.5kg Pale Malt
900g Caramalt
225g Choc Malt
225g Torrified Wheat

25g Fuggles FWH
25g Progress FWH
30g Fuggles Flame Out
30g Progress Flame Out

Got this from a very old recipe and tweaked it a bit. Always turns out great!
by Horatio
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery
Replies: 146
Views: 27081

Re: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery

The only people I won't be strictly legal with are the Planning Department. I'd need change of use planning permission but I'll wait until they find out what I'm doing before worrying them. I don't think they could slap a Stop Notice on me as they'd have to have real concerns about loss of amenity ...
by Horatio
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Dropping new wort onto yeast cake
Replies: 12
Views: 1131

Re: Dropping new wort onto yeast cake

I have done this many times without any noticeable difference in the final beer. I rack from fermenter to conditioning tank, leaving the yeast cake in the FV. I then run my cooled wort from the boiler straight onto the yeast cake. Beers made this way taste just like the same beer made with a fresh p...
by Horatio
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery
Replies: 146
Views: 27081

Re: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery

Yeah I know where you are coming from! The 30 a week is made up of three different beers. One brew is going to be split 8/4 between the two locals for house ale; fortunately they want the same beer! The rest will be two different beers to give me variety on my core range. I plan to to brew three tim...
by Horatio
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery
Replies: 146
Views: 27081

Re: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery

I have an insulated fermenting room that measures approximately 7x4 feet. I brew one firkin at a time and brew 7 times a week over three days so there is usually 7 FVs in there at a time. I can get the room temp down to 17c and the product temp sits at about 19.5c; larger FVs would probably generate...
by Horatio
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery
Replies: 146
Views: 27081

Re: New 'Commercial' 200l brewery

My cold room is cooled by a portable air con unit and it does a great job. I usually have around 350l fermenting in there and switched to the air con unit this summer. I tried the freezer option but it didn't work for me. Hopefully you will have a better result than me! I've been brewing commerciall...
by Horatio
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Left Over Grain
Replies: 42
Views: 3654

Re: Left Over Grain

IPA wrote:
Clobber wrote:My neighbours chickens won't touch it.... strange chickens or bad grain?
They will only eat it when it is fresh i.e. max three days old as it goes sour very quickly
My chooks won't touch the stuff! I give mine to my neighbours for there pigs and get sausages and bacon in exchange. :D
by Horatio
Sat May 10, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Casks: Plastic or steel?
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Casks: Plastic or steel?

Brewery Plastics make the Cypherco one I use. I've just tried to google them to get a link to pits but can't find the site now? Cypherco.com should work though.
by Horatio
Fri May 09, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Casks: Plastic or steel?
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Casks: Plastic or steel?

I use plastic. The only reason I use them was the initial cost. That said I like the lighter weight too. I think it is really going to be a difficult question to answer as each has pros and cons. I have been using my plastic ones for 8 months now without any issues; although I do all my own deliveri...