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by Kev888
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: 7 year out of date yeast
Replies: 11
Views: 330

Re: 7 year out of date yeast

Thats unfortunate, it sounds like the yeast kind of worked, but perhaps not so well if they behaved differently wrt flocculation. Antiseptic is often due to chlorine (from the water or cleaning products) having reacted with the mash, so may be unrelated. But it can also be due to infection which is ...
by Kev888
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Yeah, huge hop bombs are so single-mindedly extreme as to be almost a special case, in my head. Viewed as such, they're okay once in a while; they aren't what I personally think of when I want beer, but at least they aren't insipid. More normal, modestly hoppy pales don't have that to fall back on, ...
by Kev888
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: No Boil, Fresh Hops - 50% Hops!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: No Boil, Fresh Hops - 50% Hops!!!

Sounds like a result! Good stuff, could easily have gone either way. Yes, the ability to brew unique beers to our own preferences and experiment with our own methods and recipes are all part of the satisfaction for many home-brewers. This isn't something I would personally have tried, so its interes...
by Kev888
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

I know where you’re coming from - it can be difficult to get anything other than American-style pale ales these days. If you want an IPA that is in a traditional English style then you’re in for a challenge. With the amount of centennial and cascade you have in dry hops you might find you will get ...
by Kev888
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

No worries. Dishwasher tablets are pretty good, I know a few people who use them quite a bit these days and some tests of my own have also gone well; they clean well without creating too much foam or gas for the pump to deal with. Supposedly their rinse aids can linger and reduce head retention, but...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

In theory the CFC doesn't get dirty again during storage, so it just needs disinfecting on brew day (in my case using boiling wort during the boil). In practice I can't fully dry the CFC after use, so potentially something could grow in the moisture during storage. But if so then it seems to be noth...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Yes, lots of late hops can be seductive, and with good reason sometimes. Even with normal bitters and relatively subtle hops I've had good results making up more of the IBUs with late ones. But for very hoppy beers it can indeed start to get expensive, both in hops and in retained wort, so this was ...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Pitching straight onto trub
Replies: 11
Views: 235

Re: Pitching straight onto true

If this were a regular or ongoing thing, batch after batch, then I'd suggest starting with a freshly disinfected fermenter each time and transferring the amount of slurry wanted. This is because homebrew FVs usually aren't fully sterilised to begin with and/or may pick up infections in a number of w...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Thanks both, it was quite a fun day. I had a few months without brewing and its good to get back into it. ..can't remember if I asked can you describe how you clean the cfc After the kettle is emptied, I put a bit of PBW-like cleaner in the bottom to recirculate (heated) through the CFC for 20mins, ...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

24hrs after pitching, and the Mangrove Jack's yeast are going well, though not a massive krausen by any means https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1953/43641140710_f0e8100493_o.jpg The first dry hops have just been added, and the kitchen is starting to smell quite nice already. The 'spare' wort being ferm...
by Kev888
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Thanks, yes I guess Murphy's approach to liquor is fairly UK-centric too. Its certainly by choice in my case, since I mostly brew and prefer British styles. So, really this one is a hybrid between that approach and a US-hopped APA. I agree that the hops are a bit uncertain, they're essentially a tes...
by Kev888
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Thanks, yes it was made relatively recently. It packs away much more compactly than when in use!
by Kev888
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Re: Something like an APA

Thanks, the kit was great fun to build. There have been several over the years leading up to the current setup; when I first started it was more necessary to build your own, but I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity.
by Kev888
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Something like an APA
Replies: 21
Views: 430

Something like an APA

I'm doing some brews ahead of Christmas, so for once decided to take and post a few photos of yesterday's. The brew is something like a modest APA, except not intended to be especially pale and has more of a British (mineral-laden) water profile, so I don't really know what that makes it. However, w...
by Kev888
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Harvesting yeast directly from Fermentasaurus
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Harvesting yeast directly from Fermentasaurus

Well its rare to make starters with dried yeast, since they are generally bought partly for convenience and they are packaged ready for the main batch (some characteristcs would be wasted on a starter). So generally people just pitch enough packs for their brew; ideally re-hydrating first, but even ...