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by bryanferry
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Bad times on Kombucha land
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Bad times on Kombucha land

I had to bin the whole batch in the end as there must have still been some nasties in all of the Scoby. But all in all that was over a years worth of booch from a single bottle I bought in Holland and Barratt. You apparently can take off the layers and put into a jar/ Scoby hotel. Tried it with one ...
by bryanferry
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Bad times on Kombucha land
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Bad times on Kombucha land

Public service warning for those with a sensitive disposition not to read on; Went to start up a new batch of kombucha and found the top layer of my scoby covered in maggots. :shock: Not sure how the bug'gers got in as its always covered with fine netting and loose lid. Took some wisdom from the eld...
by bryanferry
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PicoBrew Model S
Replies: 42
Views: 2172

Re: PicoBrew Model S

You ridiculous tease Barneey. Just when I think I'm done buying equipment you pull me back in.

I'll certainly have a scout about to see if there are any of the Pico C Keg's knocking around or any of the other gear too if they'll be bargains like that.
by bryanferry
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

I had overbought hibiscus flowers when making a saison so thought i'd use them up. Just enough to cover the bottom of the bottle with whatever juice is in the house at the time. When I'm particularly lazy I dont even bottle the batch. Just sticking down the lid on and dispensing from the tap. Even t...
by bryanferry
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

Love this. You can always add a 1/5 to a 3rd of a bottle of your fruit juice of choice to keep the fermented goodness but more of a soda taste.

Adding some hibiscus flowers and lemon juice has been my go to of late.
by bryanferry
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Kombucha

I was told that not all scoby's have lactic acid but mine certainly has acetic acid. Came across a tip that you add crushed cabbage to add that lacto goodness.

I've been using the same beer bottles and funnels but keeping it away from my conical and ale fermentation stuff.
by bryanferry
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Kombucha

One thing with Kombucha, it's a balance between very mild alcohol (less than 0.5% ABV), lactic fermented stuff, and acetobacter. #-o Now that explains why one of my batches tasted like exquisite poison. I had been just dispensing from the jar but have now switched to swing top bottles. This weeks p...
by bryanferry
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Kombucha

It was a "stainless steel spigot" from everyone's favorite auction site. Similar to this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stainless-Steel-Spigot-Tap-Faucet-For-Beverage-Dispenser-Water-Wine-Barrel-Keg-/143373227445?hash=item2161b5d5b5 I made the mistake of buying the kilner metal stand for the wilkinsons...
by bryanferry
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Kombucha

I've been making kombucha for a while now and try to get it like Asd. Base liquid mixed well with fruit juice or hibiscus/ginger. Wilkinson's do a 6 litre beverage dispenser with a wide opening that make a good (easily cleanable) vessel. The tap is rubbish so bought a stainless steel alternative. Gr...
by bryanferry
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Oddly smooth green hop brewday
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: Oddly smooth green hop brewday

Left to bottle condition for a couple of weeks and its not too bad. Quite a basic bitter with a decent head (that disappears fast). I think I could have increased the hop addition by 25% and added some wheat for head retention but the batch will be finished off in short order. Might bring out the le...
by bryanferry
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Oddly smooth green hop brewday
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: Oddly smooth green hop brewday

The good fortune continued with the gravity down to 1.012 so a comfortable 5% ready to be conditioned. I should have been more confident with the hops and thrown more in at boil or a decent dry hop. Still it tastes surprisingly very good. Decided to bottle up the whole 20l batch so I can give a dece...
by bryanferry
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Oddly smooth green hop brewday
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Oddly smooth green hop brewday

A friend mentioned they had a lot of hops on their doorstep so I popped round Saturday morning and got to foraging. There's no idea what type of hops they are but had some nice visible resin. Took home and put them in the greenhouse to dry out. The next day the top shelf of hops were pretty dry. Mad...
by bryanferry
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Unknown Hops
Replies: 6
Views: 1091

Re: Unknown Hops

I use wild hops regularly, so I just guesstimate that they're going to be about 4% AA. It's not going to be far off. The hop tea will give you an idea. You won't ruin your beer, but if you like hoppy beers, then it could be less hoppy than you'd like. I don't like over-hopped beer, so it works fine...
by bryanferry
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: counter pressure bottler
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: counter pressure bottler

That is a thing of beauty. Massive step up from a carbonation bottling cap and a leaky hoses.

Please say you have the door bells wired up to give a fanfare at every filled bottle.
by bryanferry
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: brewdog recipies
Replies: 13
Views: 1621

Re: brewdog recipies

I've done the Candy Kaiser (twice) and the honey and lemon blitz. Plus Brewdog released a book with Cloudwater's bergamot hopfen weisse. All were very good. Was tempted to try the raspberry blitz as January is coming and its 0.5%. However got a can of it in their advent calendar last week and its no...