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by bryanferry
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions

Thankfully not. I was standing next to it and worked out it was leaking when my socks got damp. Think I lost about 2-3 litres in the end.
by bryanferry
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Mead
Topic: Metheglin or poison
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Metheglin or poison

Cheers for that. I hadnt thought about back sweetening it. I'll try some decanting to see if its salvageable. I'll remember to use some fermentation stopper next time around before it gets too astringent.
by bryanferry
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Mead
Topic: Metheglin or poison
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Metheglin or poison

Last year I attempted to make a batch of metheglin (with cinnamon and oranges). The ferment went well and transferred to a demi john. Racked later to another demi john and left well alone for a year. Opened it at the weekend to put into litre bottles and in tasting it I may have spent/wasted a year ...
by bryanferry
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions

New top tip for the conical as I put a batch on Saturday night. Do not (nail the process and have a very smooth brew session creating wonderfully clear wort) and then leave the tap on the conical open when transferring. It was filling nicely at 18c so I went for a beer, came back to a wet floor. #-o
by bryanferry
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions

(As is always the way with brewing) I am still trying to refine my process. So far I haven't been able to cold crash below 10c possibly due to the house temperature being above 25c. The pump however seems to be pretty solid considering its size. I have a batch currently on the go and its holding nic...
by bryanferry
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions

I only bought my conical a few months ago so with the UK heat wave its mainly been cooling. You can set it to both operate the heater and cooling pump automatically to maintain the temperature. As the glycol price is pretty steep I've been sticking with ice bottles which i can rotate as necessary. I...
by bryanferry
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Grainfather Conical Fermentor - newbie questions

I have the grainfather conical. The main complaints from my other half has been over the airlock noise bubbling away at the start of the ferment. As the lid seals pretty securely all the gas is through the airlock. It does give off the usual yeastie smell but nothing too pungent. Surprisingly it is ...
by bryanferry
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Raspberry beer
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Raspberry beer

Last batch I made in August came out great. It was 3.7kg wheat, 1.56Kg pilsner and 170g carapils. 75min mash at 66c. Only 24g of tettnang at 60min. 5 days into the fermentation I dropped in 1kg of frozen raspberries. By the end of the fermentation all the colour had drained from the berries. Came ou...
by bryanferry
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: My creation
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: My creation

Completely agree, that is one fantastic rig. Very neat and the boil looks nice and steady. I toyed for ages with upgrading my e-keggle to something similar but it was taking too much time away from making the end product.
by bryanferry
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Got my brewing mojo back with one of those Grainfathers

I have brewed far more batches since I bought mine in April '16. All have been consistently good so has given more opportunity to play with styles and recipes. Found the best addition to my grainfather was a metal mash paddle. especially when getting on to the 6.5% ales you need to get a good dough ...
by bryanferry
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fun with co2
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Fun with co2

The current regulator is a replacement for one that didnt work. I've emailed the HBS to ask for help. Suppose I'll have a look to see if i can find a cost effective regulator and gas bottle.
by bryanferry
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fun with co2
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Fun with co2

I bought two corny kegs a couple of years ago. Normally batch prime so the chargers good for dispensing the tale end of the batch. Will eventually go to full cylinders once I get round to buying kit. Tried recently to buy mini regulators as an interim but I've had two delivered so far and neither re...
by bryanferry
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fun with co2
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Fun with co2

Ive been having trouble with mini regulators on my kegs, tried to switch back and use my co2 charger with a new bulb and this happened. https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5715/30865989676_b03510553b_z.jpg Upshot was a room full of co2 and me two kilos lighter on account of the loud noise it made.... :oop...
by bryanferry
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: New Grainfather
Replies: 26
Views: 2291

Re: New Grainfather

Thanks Dave, I was all for sticking with the current controller but that info throws the cat amongst the pigeon! Brewed a batch of rye IPA with mine yesterday morning and it kept overshooting the 67c mash temp. Also had a very slow sparge so had to turn off before it boiled over. the new controllers...
by bryanferry
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: New Grainfather
Replies: 26
Views: 2291

Re: New Grainfather

Completely agree with getting one now and there are some deals to be done on price. You can always upgrade to the new control box in future. My Mk2 has been working away solidly since I bought it in April and its a fantastic piece of kit. Luckily my local homebrew shop has started stocking them so a...