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by JamesF
Thu May 24, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bottle cappers
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Bottle cappers

I shall certainly give that a go.

James
by JamesF
Wed May 23, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bottle cappers
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Bottle cappers

First post for a long time. Been busy with life and suchlike. Fortunately at no point have I run out of beer :) For many years I've used one of these twin-lever things for capping bottles: https://www.tanstaafl.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/capper1.jpg It does a good job of crimping the cap on ni...
by JamesF
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Microscope, which one
Replies: 14
Views: 1209

Re: Microscope, which one

I have bought a fair bit of astronomy gear from First Light Optics. They also sell microscopes and should be able to offer advice and help in choosing one. They have a very good reputation in the astronomy community.

James
by JamesF
Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: A "seal" of approval
Replies: 1
Views: 256

A "seal" of approval

A friend donated about four dozen bottles to me yesterday. They've been sitting around in his shed for longer than he can remember. He used to collect the empties to return for a deposit (yes, they've been there that long). The bottles are the original swing-top ones used for Newquay Steam Brown Ale...
by JamesF
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: SMaSH experimentation. Parte the Firste
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: SMaSH experimentation. Parte the Firste

I realise they're not a true SMaSH, but using a single bittering hop makes life so much easier. If I'd done the bittering with the aroma hop I'd have needed to do five full separate boils, which probably would have meant doing several separate mashes as well because the boils would need to be done o...
by JamesF
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler steam extraction
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: Boiler steam extraction

I think normal plywood would delaminate fairly quickly. If you could find a decent offcut of a single piece of timber that would probably be better. Or maybe an offcut of kitchen worktop might do the job, face down with all the edges sealed. I have a vague recollection that the material used for the...
by JamesF
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler steam extraction
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: Boiler steam extraction

Someone posted images here of a lid made from a chunk of wood which might be a viable alternative.

James
by JamesF
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: SMaSH experimentation. Parte the Firste
Replies: 3
Views: 880

SMaSH experimentation. Parte the Firste

Had a busy weekend in the beer shack, initially bottling what was already fermented, but finally got around to starting a SMaSH experiment that I've been planning for some time. I have a large selection of hop varieties and my plan is to make small batches with each so I can compare the different ho...
by JamesF
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler steam extraction
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: Boiler steam extraction

For batches that size I reckon you can probably get away with a much smaller diameter pipe if you need to, though the convenience of a flexible 100mm tube may be tempting. Thinking about it, one limiting factor on pipe size may perhaps be the power of the element. A given size element can presumably...
by JamesF
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler steam extraction
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: Boiler steam extraction

If you do go for the type shown make sure you remove it before the end of the boil - water will condense in the flexible hosing and drip down into the beer. The inside of the hose will be far from sanitary. I'd have thought it would be by the time it has had steam passing through it for an hour or ...
by JamesF
Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler steam extraction
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: Boiler steam extraction

What size boiler are you going to be using? You can get away with something far smaller on a boiler for 25l batches than you'll need for, say, 100l.

James
by JamesF
Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Quantities of apples for cider
Replies: 4
Views: 2192

Re: Quantities of apples for cider

scott78 wrote:All apples are different, if you go with a 50% yield of juice you should be OK.
I'd agree that's a fair place to start.

James
by JamesF
Mon May 30, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Anyone having a brewday today?
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Anyone having a brewday today?

Just started the JBK brewalong myself :)

James
by JamesF
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Entering The Wine World?!
Replies: 11
Views: 3887

Re: Entering The Wine World?!

Yes, I've not been unhappy with the Beaverdale kits (as you can tell from my sig :) I think the most important thing is just not to rush with them.

James
by JamesF
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Spring Brewalong Recipe Discussion - Summer Quaffer
Replies: 93
Views: 30699

Re: Spring Brewalong Recipe Discussion - Summer Quaffer

Jim wrote:And ---breaking news---- Beer Engine appears to work perfectly in PlayOnLinux. :=P
Now that I am going to have to have a go at :)

James