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by MTW
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?

To be honest, Eric, it could be any or all of the factors you mention at the top that has caused the premature slowing down. I thought I'd raise the question about dry yeast being a better pick than (even a healthy starter) of wet yeast for re-pitching, specifically, on this occasion, as I look at t...
by MTW
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Extra dry yeast, vs wet, for a stuck fermentation, right?

...cell for cell, because it has a lower oxygen requirement and is entering a low-oxygen, part fermented beer that you don't want to re-aerate? Makes sense to me, though I can't say I've ever read it anywhere! I'm faced with a beer that dropped from 1.060 to 1.030 in a couple of days with a harvest ...
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner
Replies: 44
Views: 2260

Re: Crystal malt in a Bohemian Pilsner

I have a friend who makes a pilsner with 2% caramalt, 4% carapils and 10% Munich. I find that really tasty, with a nice malt backbone. Plenty of saaz on top.
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator

Very grateful for that info. I ran the recipe through your MME calculator. It would seem to concur with the lower prediction for my recent stout, ie the one generated by putting the roast colour only into the BF calc. To hit a mash pH of 5.4 with the salts I added, MME generates a requirement of 0.5...
by MTW
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Double pitch - 2 strains!
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Double pitch - 2 strains!

Both English, so both likely to take off quickly, especially well oxygenated. I double pitched with s04 and us05 once, and the s04 takes off so much quicker that it out competed the other, at least at 50/50 proportions. I found Whitelabs 'ringwood' to be pretty clean and attenuative, so some interes...
by MTW
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Contradictory pH results in Brewer's Friend Calculator

Anyone familiar with the " Brewer's Friend "Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator " may be able to help with this. [If you've got a saved record on there, maybe even see if it does the same as mine.] When I enter the grist info by the percentage of predicted beer colour that is calculated to c...
by MTW
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Reinventing the "airlock"
Replies: 33
Views: 2164

Re: Reinventing the "airlock"

Very nice work!
by MTW
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Barm vs Krausen
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: Barm vs Krausen

Never heard of it, but it's now barm for me too then!
by MTW
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Wishbone Brewery Homebrew Comp Sat 4th May 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: Wishbone Brewery Homebrew Comp Sat 4th May 2019

Very timely: I just brewed my stout for this today (or at least v1.0)!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
by MTW
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Strange top layer in FV.
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Strange top layer in FV.

I had an infection in a starter once that looked like a jelly like substance under the surface. It just kept growing. Hard to tell from the pic, but reminds me of that. I'm guessing you'd have said if anything seemed off. PS and I once had a load of sanitiser sucked in from the blow off while chilli...
by MTW
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace

Account for all the liquor in the water treatment, You may find that you need to drop the alkalinity further than you would normally to get the mash pH to fall in the right zone. When I was mashing in my 3V kit at 2.5L/Kg I would drop the alkalinity to 25-30mg/L since switching to the Braumeister I...
by MTW
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace

Is the deadspace in contact with the rest of the water? If so i wouldnt worry too much, or maybe recirc at the start? Yes, it's all the same vessel, but the grains sit on a mesh which is 8L up above the base. It's only a 'deadspace' in the sense that there are no grains in it. Running the pump (rec...
by MTW
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Liquor treatment with a big deadspace

I recently got a 1-pot machine (Klartein Munschenk 30L) which has an 8L recoverable deadspace below the basket in which the grains sit. Instead of just treating and striking with my old 2.5L/Kg, I now have to put 8L in before I start, all of which will affect the mash pH somehow. That means I can be...
by MTW
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Yeast starter or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Re: Yeast starter or not?

I've used 007 regularly in a 12 hour shaken starter, pitched whole and active; 1L for a 20L batch or so, for a regular OG like that. (Edit: by 12 hour, I mean started 12 hours before, not shaken for 12 hours - that would hurt!)
by MTW
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Candi sugar question
Replies: 32
Views: 2852

Re: Candi sugar question

I've recently taken on the hobby-within-a-hobby that is making your own candi sugar (or syrup, in my preference). Quite a bit of experimentation so far, and the best method for me has been with varied amounts of DAP and a touch of invert from the start, to prevent crystallisation. The results are fa...