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by lord groan
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Sulphur smells - edit which nutrient
Replies: 3
Views: 1671

Sulphur smells - edit which nutrient

As the apple picking season is almost upon us I thought I'd ask about sulphur smells when fermenting cider, I know a number of people have had this in the past and I had one exceptionally stinky brew last year. I've brewed from juice squeezed from pulped fruit 3 times, once using campden tablets to ...
by lord groan
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: blanking off a spare hole
Replies: 9
Views: 808

Re: blanking off a spare hole

I'm not sure there's a normal way, but if you search the toolstation website for "flanged plug" you'll see what I use. A brass blanking plug (1st result), with a flanged backnut (3rd result ). I make a silicon washer from a cheap pie dish, put it on the plug and push the threaded part through from t...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Help with efficiency - what am I doing wrong??
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Help with efficiency - what am I doing wrong??

True Kev, very true, but I was thinking of the unboiled wort sg, losses to deadspace after mashing and sparging I would expect to be of very low gravity as most sugars will have been washed out earlier.
by lord groan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Help with efficiency - what am I doing wrong??
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Help with efficiency - what am I doing wrong??

OK by a process of elimination, and stating the obvious, if you're not hitting the expected gravity it's because you're not getting enough sugar out of the grain. To track down why I'd do this; On your next brew taste the first run of wort from the mash, that'll give you a starting point, then taste...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New MT finally used
Replies: 1
Views: 309

New MT finally used

I posted about my new smaller MT build here; http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=77721 After the initial build I found I was getting a few degrees of heat loss over an hour (using only hot water for an initial test) so I modified it to use a plastic tank connector, pipe and valve ...
by lord groan
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1552

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

You haven't been ill (coughs/colds/flu etc) during this time have you, or been taking any medication? Illness and or medicines can affect the sense of taste, might explain why the bad taste was there for a while then disappeared.
Just a thought
by lord groan
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: new mash tun build
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: new mash tun build- updated

Ok, I bought the jg speedfit grey plastic tank connector to replace the brass one, then I returned it because it had lots of nasty little dirt traps inside. Got a hep20 one from screwfix which looks much better designed for a mash tun, added a stubby bit of barrier pipe and a plastic appliance tap. ...
by lord groan
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: infrared thermometer lidl 19/1/17
Replies: 6
Views: 508

infrared thermometer lidl 19/1/17

I've never felt the need for one but I know lots of you like the idea of these. From Thursday 19th Jan Lidl are doing a hand held infrared thermometer for £12.99. The leaflet says 3 sensitivity levels - +/- 0.5 or 3 or 5.5 degrees -50c to +380c can be set to C or F lcd display which changes colour a...
by lord groan
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Kit tips for a friend just starting out
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Kit tips for a friend just starting out

How handy is he? Because if he has reasonable diy skills he can make a mash tun cheaply and if patient an probably get an hlt and boiler cheap too. My first setup cost around £60-70 for a 3pot ag setup but it was all scavenged gear. I've had 3 good insulated cool boxes from carboot sales in the last...
by lord groan
Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Question re modifying the new mash tun - already!
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Question re modifying the new mash tun - already!

Thanks Fil, you're probably right re the heat loss through the tap, I started thinking about this while I was measuring the temp drop over time (albeit with just hot water and no grain) and while checking the body of the igloo cooler and the lid I realised that although there was no discernible heat...
by lord groan
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Question re modifying the new mash tun - already!
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Question re modifying the new mash tun - already!

I'm happy with the new tun apart from the heat lost via the brass tank connector, pipe and ball valve. I'm now thinking about using a JG speedfit grey plastic tank connector, a short bit of barrier pipe and a plastic washing machine tap (15mm-valve-3/4"bsp) to improve heat retention. Does anyone kno...
by lord groan
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build

Too true Wallybrew! I was lucky enough to get my big burco boiler from my local tip for £2 IIRC, built as a galvanised steel external tub with air-gapped stainless inner tub, the inner is strongly magnetic but definitely stainless. They let me have it cheap because "it definitely isn't stainless mat...
by lord groan
Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: new mash tun build
Replies: 2
Views: 440

new mash tun build

I've decided to try brewing smaller batches more often, although maybe thats an excuse to convert my igloo cooler to a new mash tun. I've had one of these floating about for a bit and thought I'd use it http://i.imgur.com/YUDXCjx.jpg First I took off the plastic tap. I thought about keeping it but i...
by lord groan
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build

Well Ikea aren't the most honest people in the world then, the colander advertised as stainless steel is actually tinplated mild steel, As soon as I got it I knew it was wrong, too bright a silver colour for stainless. I checked the mesh, handle and base with a magnet, it stuck to every part. I left...
by lord groan
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build

Thank's fil, must admit I was concerned about the weight of the mash squashing the colander but having seen that this one seems to be made from pierced sheet rather than woven mesh I was hopeful that would give the strength needed, also the curve inwards at the bottom should clear the backnut on the...