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by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: whirlpooling
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: whirlpooling

Yes, I've found modest stirring to be perfectly fine at our kind of scales. Of course if you whirlpool anyway then absolutely make use of it, but personally I wouldn't bother introducing one just for reasons of hopping. To digress a bit, there have been lots of cases over the years where people look...
by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Corney Keg to Beer Tower Set-Up. FOAMING
Replies: 17
Views: 481

Re: Corney Keg to Beer Tower Set-Up. FOAMING

Yes, I agree. The carbonation of the beer (whether created by priming or force carbonation) and the serving pressure 'both' need to be suitable. If over carbonated it will foam almost irrespective of serving pressure (or if the serving pressure is too high, for the temperature, then the carbonation ...
by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?

Over the years I've had regulators made of brass, aluminium, stainless or a combo; all are fine if used in reasonable conditions. The design and quality of manufacture are far more important. Chinese equipment (either bought direct, or from a fly-by-night UK re-seller) has the potential to be substa...
by Kev888
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extremely fast fermentation.
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Extremely fast fermentation.

I just did a bitter with Lallemand London ESB yeast that went from 1.040 to 1.012 in about 40 hours. That's probably not excessive (the attenuation isn't huge so it shouldn't take too long, assuming all is well), though I wouldn't wish it any faster. Obviously, a lot depends on the recipe and the b...
by Kev888
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight
Replies: 55
Views: 2965

Re: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight

The large-scale hydrometer seemed like an excellent idea until I realised that the volume of beer wasted every time it was sampled was probably about 250 mls. in the Maltmiller sample tube sold with it. My most recent hydrometer problem is I think due to recent inclusion of a small amount of wheat ...
by Kev888
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight
Replies: 55
Views: 2965

Re: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight

I like the dilution idea, of course that is another thing to measure accurately (or cock up!) but I would have thought easy enough to do with a little care.
by Kev888
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extremely fast fermentation.
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Extremely fast fermentation.

I can't say I've tried that particular beer, but FWIW the dropping system itself is pretty effective. It is just that having two vessels to deal with is less efficient than one, so commercially other methods supplanted it. But they pretty much still aim to achieve the same thing of removing the gunk...
by Kev888
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PET plastic fermenter lifetime?
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: PET plastic fermenter lifetime?

Hi Steve, thanks for the link, they look very nice. Though I already went for some other types by this point, so no going back now. Probably just as well, as they'd have been tempting. But my process uses other means of yeast collection & propagation, conditioning, dispensing and so on, and I actual...
by Kev888
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Amber Malt.
Replies: 15
Views: 473

Re: Amber Malt.

I like amber malt, though apparently the current stuff isn't what it historically was; watch the diastatic power if using in large quantities with other darkish grains. It has a dark toast, biscuity/cocoa type of thing going on. Mine has been Fawcetts so reasonably dark - around 4% is quite noticeab...
by Kev888
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Dry hopping
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Dry hopping

The results differ, so people have their own favourite time to dry hop (or else do it at more than one stage). 'Better' depends on what you want and the results that you believe they give, and opinions are (as so often) divided. There are also some links with factions championing especially low-oxyg...
by Kev888
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extremely fast fermentation.
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Extremely fast fermentation.

You won't have over-oxygenated the wort with air, just done a decent job of it (though possibly if the fermentation was extremely quick then some may have occurred rather later than desirable). I'd guess that the pitching rate was quite high and/or also the temperature; at that rate the heat generat...
by Kev888
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Sparge Arm
Replies: 27
Views: 2308

Re: Sparge Arm

For properly slow fly or continuous sparging at homebrew scales, the flow is often a bit too slow to push the arm around so people get tempted to sparge too fast - in that case it could be counterproductive compared to something simpler. A motorised arm would break that reliance but add more complex...
by Kev888
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Well Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Well Hello

Yes, it has certainly been a while!
by Kev888
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: 3/8# Beer Line Experience
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: 3/8# Beer Line Experience

Barbs are good in some ways (assuming they're the right size), they generally make a good reliable fit that should last even longer than JG fittings. Though the down-side is that it can be harder to get the tube on and off, so not so good if you chop and change tubing a lot. Many taps these days are...
by Kev888
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: RO water filter
Replies: 25
Views: 813

Re: RO water filter

Yes I agree Eric, and thanks also for the links - interesting to see some of the recent history there. One hears a great deal about the long, proud history and careful development of brewing in some countries, but I confess not to have run across much in that line from over the pond. Just to be clea...