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by bryanferry
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

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: 1516

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: 1516

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: 1516

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: 765

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: 765

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: 765

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: 689

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: 1270

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: 1228

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...
by bryanferry
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brew stands/trolleys
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Re: Brew stands/trolleys

Congratulations on making your wallet lighter, they really are things of beauty. Loving the decent sized locking wheels.

Lovely bit of walnut shelving and neon sign behind them and you'll have yourself an art installation.
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: 2576

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: 8
Views: 1284

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: 8
Views: 1284

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: 2576

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