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by Jocky
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Ideas please
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Ideas please

Might just be the munich malt. See what happens as the yeast drops out.
by Jocky
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fast response HLT
Replies: 14
Views: 1418

Re: Fast response HLT

So as I understand it what you want to do is to use your HLT to host the HERMS heat exchanger, but eliminate the time it takes for the HLT to heat up so you can reduce the time it takes to do a mash step? If I've got that right, then I see the biggest potential issue you have is the size of your res...
by Jocky
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Berliner Weiss
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Berliner Weiss

You need to have the mash or wort sour before boiling. The boil kills off the lactobacillus that sours the wort otherwise. A sour mash technique is ok, but a bit hit and miss. Plus you have the stink (as shown in that video) as non-lacto bugs do stuff in the presence of oxygen, and you need to keep ...
by Jocky
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Use half a tablet.

One Campden tablet can usually remove chlorine in up to 100l water. Any excess metabisulphite will work as an antioxidant, so a little too much isn't a big problem.
by Jocky
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Chlorine is a gas and will flash off if left overnight so that’s correct, the main downside being you can’t use your water directly if you need to top up or whatever. Also nice around the home, cleaner drinking water, bath doesn’t stink of chlorine etc. but they’re more expensive than just standing...
by Jocky
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Ideas please
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Ideas please

Sounds good to me. Sorachi Ace isn't a big fruity hop like Citra - it's slightly lemony instead - but I think you want only a little something so it doesn't clash/mask the yeast character.
by Jocky
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Ideas please
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Ideas please

A refreshingly hoppy wheat beer? Proportions of grist to hit about 1.048: 50% Pilsner malt 40% Wheat malt 10% Munich Mash at 66c for 1 hour. 20 IBU of Magnum in the boil for 60 minutes 2 grams per litre Sorachi Ace at flameout 2 grams per litre Sorachi Ace dry hop Ferment with the kristal weizen yea...
by Jocky
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Large scale stir plate
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Large scale stir plate

Micros tend to either brew regularly enough to crop yeast from one fermenting batch to the next, or just use bricks of dried yeast. I don't think that stirring a 20 litre starter is a particularly practical idea to achieve and I don't actually think the stirring will achieve much. Just make a home b...
by Jocky
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fast response HLT
Replies: 14
Views: 1418

Re: Fast response HLT

Can you quantify the speed difference you are hoping to make?

I don't understand why you've rejected the idea of a smaller but dedicated 'HERMS pot' as the heat source.
by Jocky
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Saving a starter
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Saving a starter

It’s not ideal but I can’t see any harm in it - just make sure it’s fully fermented out of your bottle will explode. Ideally use plastic bottles. If it was going to just be a week I’d have said bung the starter in the fridge and then take it out on the morning of the brew day to let it warm up. 15 m...
by Jocky
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

Norgren and Micromatic are my personal favourites, but as Jocky indicates really any that are popularly used in licenced/professional beer cellars should be pretty decent - ODL, IMI Cornelius etc. … Sold on eBay or Aliexpress is always taking a risk. But "made in China" or some other far east count...
by Jocky
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

Or even one of the old Coca Cola/Britvic gas management boards that pops up periodically on eBay
by Jocky
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

What brand is it? If it’s one of the ones from China/HK sold on eBay or Aliexpress then the only good things I’ve heard about any of that stuff is that it is cheap. While the more known brands are expensive (more so for single reg with multiple secondaries), they are usually made for heavy duty pub/...
by Jocky
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?
Replies: 11
Views: 641

Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

The Thermapen is awesome. Fast, accurate. But I will say that I don't think that basic version is well designed for brewing. If you dip any part of the pivoting hinge in liquid, the contacts inside will corrode and you'll find it won't turn on when opened. The pro version is much better in this rega...
by Jocky
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.
Replies: 21
Views: 1126

Re: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.

Exactly. It's an excellent last step sanitiser, where most of what it's going to combat in significant population is lactobacillus from grain dust in the air of the brewery. Anything that is going to ruin your beer (mold/wild yeast) will have needed much longer than a brew day to grow a significant ...