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by lord groan
Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

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

Not sure yet about first AG brew, I'm browsing through Graham Wheelers BYOBritish Real Ale, thinking about a Gales clone as I'm Hampshire based and reckon I could ignore any thoughts of water treatment because of this. Still being pulled towards Courage Directors though. Can anyone advise me on some...
by lord groan
Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

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

Stage 2 The boiler! http://imageshack.us/a/img203/333/montagecopy.jpg Made from a beer-line cleaner bottle, I checked with the manufacturer all their bottles are HDPE, so food safe, concerns about HDPE softening were answered when I found the wall thickness is between 7-8mm, a full boil didn't softe...
by lord groan
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

Re: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1

Ahh you've sussed me out Hogarth ! I was hoping you'd mistake the name and think it referred to everything being built from salvaged scrap
by lord groan
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

Re: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1

Thanks for the encouragement! cazamodo - the MT is a snug fit in the box, but of course its a round tub in a square box, I've cut 4 triangular cross section lengths of polystyrene to drop into the corners when I close it up and cut a disc that fits snug in the lid. Having trouble measuring temp drop...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

Steptoes cheap and cheerful ag build stage 1, & now stage 2

I've been longing to try AG for a while but funds do not permit spending much, so I'm trying to put together the basics for as little as possible. then I can try an AG brew or two before deciding if I want to carry on, and if I do - getting SWMBO to agree! I'd be grateful for any advice or comments ...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: lubricating nylon drum taps
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: lubricating nylon drum taps

thanks Dr D!
lg
by lord groan
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: lubricating nylon drum taps
Replies: 2
Views: 182

lubricating nylon drum taps

Has anyone used vaseline to lube the threads on the drum taps you get on king kegs and beerspheres? Mine are cleaned each for each use but trying to turn them smoothly to draw a pint gets more and more difficult, they stick, then jump and blast beer out suddenly. I'm hoping a bit of vaseline will le...
by lord groan
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Stuck tap on burco
Replies: 22
Views: 3385

Re: Stuck tap on burco

I bought a silicon pie dish from 99p stores and used that to cut out some washers for my tank connectors, the silicon won't degrade and makes a really good seal.
hth
lg
by lord groan
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: kopparberg bottles any good????
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: kopparberg bottles any good????

Microscopic hairline scratches caused by general usage, will fatally flaw the glass, then if it's thin enough a bit too much pressure, or a seemingly innocuous bump at the wrong point on the surface will cause it to break. Just watch how glaziers cut sheet glass with a tiny scratch!
by lord groan
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Low mash efficiency
Replies: 16
Views: 562

Re: Low mash efficiency

As alix101 says maybe it's not one single cause. Taking the hydrometer reading when the wort is still a bit too warm would lose you a few points, add that to the other suggestions above and they could all start to add up to getting on for 18 points. Do your brews actually taste less alcoholic when t...
by lord groan
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: basic electric supply questions..
Replies: 44
Views: 1848

Re: basic electric supply questions..

Make sure the extension leads are definitely 13A rated, There are an awful lot out there now that are only 10A rated, and have thinner conductors. I even spotted some in B&Q before christmas which were in packs printed "10A extension lead" I noticed they definitely had the thinner cable and on the p...
by lord groan
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy

Good point Fil, thanks for the warning/reminder, like I say I don't have them yet, but I am driving past the site on a daily basis waiting for the builders to return. If I am lucky enough to get them I'll check them over carefully before deciding what to do, I was thinking about a bottom tap - but y...
by lord groan
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy

Thanks Masterosouffle and Tangoman I was sure someone could come up with the answer. Now Google is my friend and is suddenly willing to help when I use the correct search term! They look very like these....... http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/cleaning/pressurized/bottles_diptubes/M801321KS.s...
by lord groan
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy
Replies: 5
Views: 484

can anyone identify a big white plastic bottle thingy

Hi can anyone help? I've been on the scrounge for a while now trying to get enough bits to assemble an AG setup, being as tight as I am I'm trying to do it for next to nothing. I've recently seen 2 white plastic containers in a builders skip in the car park of an old pub being converted to a tesco-e...
by lord groan
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beerspheres?
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beersphe

Cheers Kev888 Its still at the 'thinking about' stage. I've not got into cornies yet so I'm thinking about one with room for a pretty standard 25l FV or a mango barrel converted to fermenter. Then when not brewing in the summer using it to chill a keg - currently I've got a couple of beerspheres, a ...