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by lord groan
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: credit crunch cider
Replies: 52
Views: 18080

Re: credit crunch cider

My guess would be artificial sweeteners causing the hangover, were there any in your concentrate? Before I started brewing my own cider, thanks to everyone on JBK for that, I always got a hangover with any cider that had artificial sweeteners added, never had a hangover with the homebrewed stuff (li...
by lord groan
Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco Cygnet 19L thermostat queries Do you use one?
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Burco Cygnet 19L thermostat queries Do you use one?

excellent idea, might try that myself when i get the time
by lord groan
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco Cygnet 19L thermostat queries Do you use one?
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Burco Cygnet 19L thermostat queries Do you use one?

You're quite right the standard control is a bit rough I'm not familiar with your particular Burco but all the ones I've seen use a simmerstat (i think that's what they're called) not a thermostat with a temperature probe. Simmerstats have a small bimetallic strip inside which flexes as it warms, th...
by lord groan
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Water pump questions
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Water pump questions

I know what you're saying Chastuck but I've pressure tested the chiller by connecting to the cold supply and blocking the outlet so I'm happy there won't be cross contamination. I'll be emptying the butt during the summer (when I'm not brewing anyway) and I'll get it properly clean then, so hopefull...
by lord groan
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Water pump questions
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Water pump questions

1. Has anyone got one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WST-High-Quality-DC-12V-Magnetic-Electric-Centrifugal-Water-Pump-Hotsell-/390535379718?pt=UK_BOI_FarmingEquipment_RL&hash=item5aedb8fb06 I'ts rated as food grade and up to 100c with 3.8m head while the beige solar pumps a lot of people use go ...
by lord groan
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Start up tips
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Start up tips

stewart, I'd go with the diy route for your first kit and brews, that way if you don't like it or never get the time you've wasted very little. Going cheap and cheerful will mean you pick up on any little niggles with the kit, identifying problems and ways it could be better. That way it means when ...
by lord groan
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cooked Yeast?
Replies: 22
Views: 828

Re: Cooked Yeast?

but with a drop in temperature you'd expect the hydrometer reading to actually increase

Oops! :oops: much embarrasment, thanks for that correction jaroporter - got my thoughts completely reversed there, yes it will go up. Please ignore my stupidity everyone
Thanks
lg
by lord groan
Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cooked Yeast?
Replies: 22
Views: 828

Re: Cooked Yeast?

Yup I reckon you've cooked that yeast, the drop in gravity will more than likely be down to the reduction in temperature from 39c to 20c not because any fermentation is happening, I think you're doing the right thing by repitching fresh yeast. good luck!
lg
by lord groan
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking
Replies: 7
Views: 1431

Re: Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking

On the subject of cider yeasts - all these are recommended for cider by my (not very) LHBS. I'm tempted by the Lalvin description, not least by the mention of good flocculation, ought to make pouring bottle conditioned cider easier? yeast link: http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Lalvin_EC-...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking
Replies: 7
Views: 1431

Re: Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking

thanks for the reassurance! Only thinking of using the bitter yeast cos it seems a shame to waste it! I made the first brew using yeast recycled from another bitter and it worked out really well, will try a cider yeast this time then!
cheers
lg
by lord groan
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Other Brews
Topic: Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking
Replies: 7
Views: 1431

Botting lidl A/J cider for summer drinking

As soon as my Festival Father Hooks Bitter has fermented I intend to start a batch of Lidl A/J based cider using the yeast from the bitter, I like it really dry so am happy to let it ferment out and then want to bottle condition. My question is, If I bottle in brown 1pt beer bottles, and keep it som...
by lord groan
Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1841

Re: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stag

@ Drewsbrews - I'll post when I've made my first brew and checked the foam afterwards
lg
by lord groan
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1841

Re: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stag

I like it timbo - a man after my own heart, I'd been wondering how to make a cheap bottle tree. also trying to find a good plastic crate for storing bottles. Blagged a couple of poly crates http://imageshack.us/a/img268/5662/polybottlemilkcrate.jpg from my local corner shop, and they hold 12 pint bo...
by lord groan
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1841

Re: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stag

Thanks for the positive comments everyone, Dean you're a genius, if you've not got copyright on that comment it's not going to be Steptoes anymore, I'm going to rename it the "Ghetto Brewery" and name my first recipe "Ghetto Beauty" after that quote! That's a glorious description of my build - cheer...