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by lord groan
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Possibly an odd question on a mash tun build

Hi I've had one of these drinks coolers hanging around for a while waiting for me to do something with it. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Igloo-5g-Gallon-400-Series-Yellow-Red-beverage-Drinks-Ice-cooler-New-16450-/222315499969?hash=item33c30951c1:g:P04AAOxyl5lSJn1p Now I've decided to brew on a smaller s...
by lord groan
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Heater for fermenting fridge
Replies: 18
Views: 1278

Re: Heater for fermenting fridge

I strongly recommend benb's heating cable mentioned above, from Bulgaria. I've been using this for about a year+. I cable tied it to the underside of the wire shelf in the fridge, when on its about 80c max but the wire shelf helps dissipate the heat. No problems with it, it gives a nice even heat sp...
by lord groan
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Extractor fans
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Extractor fans

You did have the door or a window open while you brewed didn't you? If you're sucking 210m3 per hour out of the shed then you have to let the same amount back in from somewhere else. My mini extractor fans work brilliantly when the door is open a bit but not at all when the door is shut. I have 4x 1...
by lord groan
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Immersion chiller or plate chiller?
Replies: 16
Views: 859

Re: Immersion chiller or plate chiller?

I use an immersion chiller, and I've never used a plate chiller so I can only comment on the first. For me it works very well but it does really need me to stay with it to keep stirring the wort so I avoid hot and cold spots. When the wort is cool cleaning it is easy, a quick blast from the garden h...
by lord groan
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Boiler to Hozelock?
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Re: Boiler to Hozelock?

Toolstation is where I got mine
http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p39197
Or
http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p66154
Depending on whether you want make or female fittings
Hth
by lord groan
Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?

Just been ferreting around, interestingly this plug ( http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1914952.pdf ) is rated at;
10A/250v 50Hz IEC but also at
15A/250V 60Hz UL/CSA.
It has different order codes for differing conductor sizes so presumably slightly meatier?
by lord groan
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?

The C15's in the link are rated for 10A but have a 13A fuse, the 1mm wire is penny pinching really, they could just as easily fit 1.5mm wire to allow the full 13a. Any element above 2400w will draw more than 10A, the fuse won't blow but 1.00mm wiring will start to get warm, that's likely the reason...
by lord groan
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: 2.4 KW Element Fault ?

The C15's in the link are rated for 10A but have a 13A fuse, the 1mm wire is penny pinching really, they could just as easily fit 1.5mm wire to allow the full 13a. Any element above 2400w will draw more than 10A, the fuse won't blow but 1.00mm wiring will start to get warm, that's likely the reason ...
by lord groan
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: RIS help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: RIS help needed!

Progress: I decanted a hydrometer jar full of wort and added wine yeast- not a hint of further fermentation so I guess the sugars have gone, a quick taste showed it was fully fermented. The taste was very rich and smooth initially, like a double cream, really thick, then the hops and high roast barl...
by lord groan
Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: RIS help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: RIS help needed!

Haven't tasted it yet padalac, only my second ris and the last one finished in the high 20,s so I guess it's OK. Next question - has it finished high because there's only unfermentable sugars left, or because the yeast gave up? I'm thinking about the conditioning now, I'd like to get some fizz into ...
by lord groan
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: A tale of three ales...
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: A tale of three ales...

How long do you leave the beer in the bottle?. When I began brewing I too found it almost impossible to get a good head, after advice here I began adding oats to my mash and then letting the beer condition for at least 6 weeks. Whichever it was I now get a decent creamy long lasting head on the beer...
by lord groan
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: RIS help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: RIS help needed!

Interesting ! Thanks for the suggestions I've upped the fermentation temp to 22.5c to see if that'll do anything. Ive got a couple of other yeasts I might try, some SO4 and SO5 as i have them to hand but I'll need to check what they can cope with first. Still, no rush, my last (and first) RIS has no...
by lord groan
Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: RIS help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

RIS help needed!

Hi all, I decided to clear out my bits and bobs of malt and hops, basically anything leftover from other brews and either out of date or very nearly! So I put together a leftovers RIS of sorts using: pale malt 3000g roast barley 1100g wheat malt 375g chocolate malt 350g caramalt 300g carared malt 25...
by lord groan
Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Quantities of apples for cider
Replies: 4
Views: 2221

Re: Quantities of apples for cider

Last autumn I made cider from fruit for the first time, I collected apples in fermenting bins and I reckon I got 5 gallons from roughly 3 bins of apples. So 1 from 3 by volume, I never weighed them though, I did pears too and I got 22 litres from 2 bins full. Pears are much juicier!
Hth
by lord groan
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Planning a brew shed.
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Planning a brew shed.

I found the most important thing to remember is that steam loves to condense, so whatever extraction system you use try to minimise the cold surfaces (ie metal) or you'll have to cope with drip catchers , condensation drains etc. I tried a few things, making hoods to catch steam, fitting drip trays ...