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by PhilB
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: No chill brewing and hop usage
Replies: 7
Views: 550

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: 1019

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: 986

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: 2427

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: 2362

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: 2362

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...
by PhilB
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Beer Engine Question
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Re: Beer Engine Question

Hi Midlife ... can anyone help with where I find the information for Extract/LDK and Fermentability/%. The supplier specs tend to show extract as % ... I think the "extract as %" figure that you're seeing from the suppliers may well be what Palmer describes over there (link ) as "Maximum Yield" (doe...
by PhilB
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: titanic plum porter
Replies: 30
Views: 8665

Re: titanic plum porter

Hi Meaty I used the Blackberry Flavour version of that stuff (link) to boost the blackberry flavours in a Blackberry Milk Stout ... when I'd found that I'd managed to add not enough blackberries :roll: ... that beer turned out really nice :wink: ... but be careful with that flavouring, it's powerful...
by PhilB
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: BIAB vs All Grain Beer quality and clarity
Replies: 22
Views: 4710

Re: BIAB vs All Grain Beer quality and clarity

Hi Aamcle I've discussed extraction on Biabrewer.info some very very experienced brewers tell me that sparging is not needed and doesn't improve efficiency. ... and I wouldn't doubt that that's what those brewers have experienced :? ... because whether or not sparging will improve efficiency, depend...
by PhilB
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: BIAB vs All Grain Beer quality and clarity
Replies: 22
Views: 4710

Re: BIAB vs All Grain Beer quality and clarity

Hi rpt I think vacant's argument for increased efficiency from sparging isn't quite right. It doesn't take into account the fact that efficiency is lower at higher gravities. The initial mash will be a higher gravity and so will extract less sugar, so it isn't a like for like comparison. ... I'm not...
by PhilB
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Graham Wheeler Book updated.
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: Graham Wheeler Book updated.

Hi GeeThom

There was a discussion about the update/re-format to BYOBRA over there (link), in which Graham gave his opinions and explained his (lack of) involvement :? ... if that's the version you're talking about :?

Cheers, PhilB
by PhilB
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Reducing carbonation of bottles
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Reducing carbonation of bottles

Hi Jocky If you're careful with the bottle opener then you can (gently) prise the cap up to release some pressure (when I've done this, even though the bottles had been chilled right down, the beer immediately started foaming in the neck, but then before the froth gets to the cap) then you can relea...
by PhilB
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: golden syrup in brewing
Replies: 20
Views: 2927

Re: golden syrup in brewing

Hi All There's been a couple of comments in this thread about simple sugars increasing the overall fermentability of the wort :? ... however, there's mention in the White & Zainasheff, "Yeast" book (which I don't have with me, at the minute, so I won't quote), which is repeated/referenced in the BYO...
by PhilB
Thu May 12, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Good Base for Honey Beer?
Replies: 18
Views: 1365

Re: Good Base for Honey Beer?

Hi fego and Chivelegs I did hear someone using a particular hop that gives a honey flavour but I haven't tried that and can't remember what hop it is either, but that might be worth looking into to enhance the real stuff. ... I'm pretty sure the hop to use is Target, late in the boil ... ideally use...
by PhilB
Thu May 12, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Carbonation
Replies: 8
Views: 1834

Re: Carbonation

Hi Kev, Not sure if theres a slight misunderstanding of things here. ... no, Graham does indeed recommend (insist even) that ALL beer should be bulk matured in cask before consumption or bottling :? ... Mumbler put the effort into typing out a quote over there (link) :? Hi Meaty, personally I've alw...