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by lord groan
Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cold crashing help please
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: Cold crashing help please

After bottling they went in the ferm. fridge at 21c for 3 days then into my bottle store/cupboard in my shed where temp has ranged between about 14 and 20c. I opened the third one last night and that is after about 3-4 weeks in bottle. I must admit I'm beginning to wonder if I just left the priming ...
by lord groan
Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cold crashing help please
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Cold crashing help please

Since building my ferm. fridge I've been dropping fermented worts to about 5 or 6c prior to bottling, I bottle by adding 1/2 or 1 tsp sugar to each bottle depending on how fizzy I want things to get. This autumn I've been fortunate to harvest enough apples and pears to make 2 x 20l batches of cider ...
by lord groan
Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

Brilliant Pinto! :D
Sadly just windfall russets from my tree
Cheers
by lord groan
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

OK, a bit more hope now, nasty smell seems to have gone, a small krausen has built up and general fizzing from the fermenter, gravity down to around 1035ish.
by lord groan
Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

OK progress so far, after sitting for 2days 2 fermenting bins full of whole pears plus about a dozen apples all scratted and pressed giving about 20l dark brown juice. 4crushed campden tablets added and juice left a day. About 200ml Yeast slurry from cider made last week added, into fermentation fri...
by lord groan
Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: converting a 50L pot into a electric boiler
Replies: 17
Views: 1798

Re: converting a 50L pot into a electric boiler

Putting the element in through the curved side of the pot adds a degree of difficulty in getting it to seal, is the base a single skin? You could fit a burco element clone in the base. ( http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BURCO-3kw-urn-heating-element-CF15L2646-F24L334446-C26HX-C10EH2T-C30ET-18HX2-/361258431...
by lord groan
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Possible mash tun?
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Possible mash tun?

Agree with the others, the expanded foam will be impossible to clean, and it'll crumble quickly, not to mention I'm not sure how food safe it really is. That said these are exactly what I used for the insulation on my first mash tun. I got a mango chutney barrel free from my local restaurant by aski...
by lord groan
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

Thanks all, I don't have a mechanical scatter just the waste disposal one, so I think I'll mix some windfall apples in with the pears when I press. And possibly a second net curtain layer around the pulp bag I'll try and remember to take pictures of the day. I picked the pears today and got one of t...
by lord groan
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Perry - anyone done this from pears?

Hi All, Admittedly not strictly a cider but hopefully close enough to qualify for the cider section. After using lots of my elderly mums apples to make two cider batches I noticed her neighbour has a pear tree. I've just asked if they have plans for the pears, they don't, so I have permission to pic...
by lord groan
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: brewed beer stuck at 1.022
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: brewed beer stuck at 1.022

Do you trust your hydrometer? As you say for both yeasts to stop there is a bit odd, unless it has fermented out. My old hydrometer did this to me. I was wondering why I could never ferment below about 1020 so I tested it in tap water at 20c ish. Guess what .... Water was 1015 or so. A different hyd...
by lord groan
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: ACE Beer 30 L HLT
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: ACE Beer 30 L HLT

Any mates with plumbing skills? Mind you a connector for the urn and a tap to attach to it is going to come to around £10, so not much less than the finished article. You'll only make a big saving if you can find a cheaper second hand urn. Good luck with your brewing, I know mine took a step up afte...
by lord groan
Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Thick krausen not moving
Replies: 5
Views: 2282

Re: Thick krausen not moving

Looks OK
My cider drops to 1000 or less so I'd wait a bit longer before you start to worry.
by lord groan
Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: ACE Beer 30 L HLT
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: ACE Beer 30 L HLT

It will heat up water but the control is a bit vague, turn the knob to whatever setting and then use a thermometer to check the actual water temperature. It may take a while to get used to. There is a second hand burco 30l boiler on eBay now £40 on buy it now which will do the same job, no guarantee...
by lord groan
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: My fermentations have sped up
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: My fermentations have sped up

Different yeast? When I got my fermentation cupboard which kept a steady 21c, and more recently my ferm. fridge, my fermentation time dropped to about 3-5 days with so4 yeast. I put it down to the temp not dropping overnight resulting in a steady and continuous ferment. I leave my brew for 10 days t...
by lord groan
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: tomos watkin osb
Replies: 1
Views: 307

tomos watkin osb

I'm sat here in a cottage in mid wales and its pitch dark. Fortunately I have a bottle of this bitter and I really like it. Does anyone have a recipe for it?
The label says it has English and American citrussy hops but not a lot else.
I'd love to give this one a go
Anyone?