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by bigchris
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Home Grown Hops 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2115

Home Grown Hops 2019

My hops are going well already

Chinook
ImageIMG_20190324_093016 by Chris Rogers, on Flickr


Cascade
ImageIMG_20190324_093032 by Chris Rogers, on Flickr
by bigchris
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Recirculation pump
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Recirculation pump

I'd be far more worried about what is going to leech out of the cheap chinese cast iron and brass when hot water passes through it than any damage to the pump itself.
by bigchris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hop Tea In Keg.
Replies: 2
Views: 1167

Re: Hop Tea In Keg.

30 - 60g doesn't sound too wrong to me. But there are so many variables to get to that number. How much is in the keg, how much flavour is already there, what the hops are, how much flavour do you want, etc., etc., I keg my beers, about 25L in a king Keg. I've usually added some hops at the end of t...
by bigchris
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Hop Growing 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 4767

Re: Hop Growing 2018

First brew now on the go. Picked the hops and straight into the boil. 150g of green hops.
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by bigchris
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Hop Growing 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 4767

Re: Hop Growing 2018

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1844/30839403168_52bc67725e_z.jpg Picked a decent bucketfull from one of my plants yesterday. Time to start drying. Many of the hop flowers have leaves growing from within the petals. Not seen this before https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1882/29773177437_f9d49fa5b8_z.jp...
by bigchris
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Brewing Software Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 4013

Re: Brewing Software Recommendations

I'm another fan of Graham's Beer Engine, does all I need it to do. I've had to add in some Hops and Malt profiles using the editor. My PC runs Linux rather than Windows but beer engine doesn't seem bothered by this, installed and ran just fine.
by bigchris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Emmerdale
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Emmerdale

Did anyone see the plot in Emmerdale? Trying BIAB on the kitchen stove. Wonder how that's going to turn out.
by bigchris
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: cleaning boiler elements
Replies: 21
Views: 2631

Re: cleaning boiler elements

If it's scale on the element then something mildly acidic, such as vinegar or citric acid, with a soak, should shift it. If it's dark from overheated malt, then I find covering the element with boiling water and stirring in a half a dishwasher tablet, does a great job.
by bigchris
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Worrying start to latest brew
Replies: 12
Views: 2242

Re: Worrying start to latest brew

So Meatymc, how did it work out. Did you hit your expected FG?
by bigchris
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Home Brew Suppliers
Topic: Best Quality BIAB bags
Replies: 8
Views: 1812

Re: Best Quality BIAB bags

The bags I make are not round at all, and work perfectly well in square or rectangular coolers. I've tried a few times, doing a 3v brew and using one of my bags in the mash tun. Works really well, makes cleaning at the end a bit easier. A handy advantage is that if one gets a stuck mash then by lift...
by bigchris
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Home Brew Suppliers
Topic: Best Quality BIAB bags
Replies: 8
Views: 1812

Re: Best Quality BIAB bags

Hi Pete,

Yes, still available but I don't keep stock of that size (perhaps I ought to). Always do my stitching at the weekend so if you want one I can post one Saturday.

http://brewinabag.co.uk/en/biab-bags/16 ... -200l.html

Rgds
Chris
by bigchris
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Home Brew Suppliers
Topic: Best Quality BIAB bags
Replies: 8
Views: 1812

Best Quality BIAB bags

I've been selling these for over three years now, and improving the design bit by bit based on my own brewing experience. I'm now using a bag with a conical shaped lower half which makes draining quite a bit better. During my time brewing I've done a lot of reading and some writing on Jim's so thoug...
by bigchris
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Hop Growing 2017
Replies: 103
Views: 15262

Re: Hop Growing 2017

Was hoping to pick a few hops today but its raining :-(
by bigchris
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Campden tablets and Chlorine...
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: Campden tablets and Chlorine...

If you add the camden tablet at the same time as the yeast, it will likely just kill off the yeast. Much better would be to add the camden table to the plain water the day before, or even boil the water the day before, just for 1 minute at boiling would drive off any chlorine.
by bigchris
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Purchasing a suitable biab bag
Replies: 51
Views: 11179

Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Thanks for the positive comments about the bags I make. I've recently added a differently shaped bag with a conical bottom, rather than the regular square bottom. My last haf dozen brews have been done with a bag like this and it seems to be better in two main aspects. The shape, when suspended abov...