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by PhilB
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash duration and efficiency
Replies: 31
Views: 3237

Re: Mash duration and efficiency

Hi Tomp At the risk of being labelled as one of the ' "all night masher" brigade ', when I have mashed overnight I have experienced a small increase in (brewhouse) efficiency :? ... I couldn't possibly say whether that's due to continued alpha-amylase activity or simply due to the extended soaking h...
by PhilB
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast
Replies: 93
Views: 15588

Re: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast

Hi Alex No, I'm brewing a Red Ale that, when I put my recipe up on the BrewUK forum ( there(link )), it was suggested might work well fermented with a Bock Yeast :? ... I was considering using some Wy2124 I have in the fridge, but never got around to growing a starter. So decided on going for a lage...
by PhilB
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast
Replies: 93
Views: 15588

Re: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast

Hi Dave, thanks for the feedback ... I'm sure you would have noted if the FG had been unexpectedly high, so it sounds like I should ease my worries about the Kolsch yeast, at least :wink: To add to the discussions around the "provenenance" of these yeasts ... and recognising that I may be "putting 2...
by PhilB
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast
Replies: 93
Views: 15588

Re: Crossmyloof Brewery Dry Yeast

Hi Dave Kolsch update. Brewed 7th May, kegged 20th May. Carbonated at 10psi. Sampled 3rd June and the beer is crisp and clean. Very pleased. ... sorry if you've posted this elsewhere, but what level of attenuation did that yeast finish up with? I've seen varying feedback on these Crossmyloof yeast(s...
by PhilB
Mon May 08, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer Engine Sparkler on a Cornie Keg
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Beer Engine Sparkler on a Cornie Keg

Doesn't a creamer need a high pressure from nitrogen to work? ... I don't want to get dragged into the debate about whether to call the things creamers or sparklers ... but the things that Chunk originally referred to as sparklers ... the things that look like that ... This is a creamer: https://up...
by PhilB
Fri May 05, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer Engine Sparkler on a Cornie Keg
Replies: 9
Views: 1338

Re: Beer Engine Sparkler on a Cornie Keg

Hi Chunk When I bought (won) a bargain "beer-engine" from a seller on eBay (who said they had retrieved it as part of a pub clearance, and judging by the description, didn't have a clue what they had), what actually arrived was a Mason Shakespeare Dispense Unit (link) . The page on the Mason's websi...
by PhilB
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Basic Water Treatment advice (Please)
Replies: 9
Views: 2330

Re: Basic Water Treatment advice (Please)

Hi Sye I'm not after different profiles for IPA/Stouts etc at this stage, just a general adjustment to my Mash/Sparge waters (max 20ltr) that I can add to improve the beer ... ... I think this is where I don't think you've grasped the point ... the sorts of adjustments/additions that would make one ...
by PhilB
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Jamie & Jimmy Beer Bread
Replies: 16
Views: 1140

Re: Jamie & Jimmy Beer Bread

Hi I saw that programme a while ago ... and have tried using bread in a few brews since ... I've also tried to get into the "habit" of chucking any dried up or unlikely to be used bread that we end up with into a bag (marked up for brewing use) in the freezer rather than the bin (I don't go and sour...
by PhilB
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: How much better are the Muntons two can kits
Replies: 7
Views: 1397

Re: How much better are the Muntons two can kits

Hi snowbeast The two can kits look expensive compared to one can kits, but they don't need any extra sugars (other than for priming) adding to them ... if you've made Ditch's Stout then you probably already appreciate the benefit that adding Malt Extract instead of Simple Sugars/Brewing Sugar/Beerki...
by PhilB
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: No chill brewing and hop usage
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: No chill brewing and hop usage

Hi If I needed the BIGHop effect I'd add a hop tea to the FV. ... +1 ... and if you chill your no-chill (I know it sounds wrong, but once the wort in the no-chill has cooled to ambient you can put it in your brewfridge to get it cooler than pitching temp (fridge temps 0-5C, say)) then you can take a...
by PhilB
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Overnight Mashing
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: Overnight Mashing

Hi simple one Have a read of the information over there (link) ... the main pros and cons around overnight mashing, and the steps you need to take to ensure success, are discussed there. If you experience or are worried about a stuck mash from grain settlement then you could add enough boiling water...
by PhilB
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Cocoa nibs
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: Cocoa nibs

Hi Colliedog I've never done this myself (yet) ... but I have tasted a beer that had been "dry-nibbed" (I think it's a term now Kev :wink: ), and got the recipe from the brewer ... the tip he'd added was to put the nibs in a (boiled) muslin bag, and to keep sampling the beer daily until you have the...
by PhilB
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: What are Stir Plates supposed to do?
Replies: 21
Views: 2077

Re: What are Stir Plates supposed to do?

Hi rpt I think it's a myth that the headspace will fill with CO2 and displace all the O2. Even though CO2 is heavier than air there will be mixing of the two. ... it's so nice that someone (finally) has identified and addressed this myth that CO2 eliminates (all) O2 :wink: =D> And it isn't a sex den...
by PhilB
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Tell me about finings
Replies: 16
Views: 2047

Re: Tell me about finings

Thanks Orlando and dcq for the extra detail =D> I've been very happy with the results from my approach, but I have had (less but) some chill haze in the (relatively few) beers I tend to chill down very cold before drinking (while the cellar temps beers have been as bright as a bright thing), and I t...
by PhilB
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Tell me about finings
Replies: 16
Views: 2047

Re: Tell me about finings

Hi Orlando Gelatine works brilliantly ... it works better on a rising heat gradient. ... I agree it works brilliantly, but I've never done it that way ... I usually chill to 10C or so, then add the gelatine and keep it dropping to 0-1C ... I presume I've got that from the internet somewhere :? Can y...