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by MarkA
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Low cost Starsan alterantive
Replies: 20
Views: 3945

Re: Low cost Starsan alterantive

I bought a 236ml bottle of Star San a couple of years ago for £9.20. At a dilution rate of 1.6ml per litre, it works out at just over 6p for a litre of sanitiser that I can re-use if I want to (though I generally make it fresh each time). The initial cost does seem high, but this stuff will last for...
by MarkA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ordering exact amounts of indredients
Replies: 18
Views: 2317

Re: Ordering exact amounts of indredients

Yeah sorry, I only twigged once I'd posted. Just found this though - https://www.shop4homebrew.co.uk/all-gra ... eator.html
by MarkA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ordering exact amounts of indredients
Replies: 18
Views: 2317

Re: Ordering exact amounts of indredients

Depends if you want to use these or make your own up though
by MarkA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ordering exact amounts of indredients
Replies: 18
Views: 2317

Re: Ordering exact amounts of indredients

There are some kits up on the Malt Miller - https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/product ... n-recipes/
by MarkA
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water Treatment Specialists - Warning Notice
Replies: 12
Views: 2360

Re: Water Treatment Specialists - Warning Notice

I found that a lot of the parts I couldn't get my head around started to become a bit clearer once I got my water report and played with the figures in various calculators. I found Bru'n'Water gives a good idea of what effects various additions have on the water and mash PH (though whether or not th...
by MarkA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Recipe calculations.
Replies: 23
Views: 2762

Re: Recipe calculations.

You only need to put in your brewery spec (size/deadspace etc) and then build a recipe. It's got a lot of extras to play with, but you don't have to use them.
by MarkA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Recipe calculations.
Replies: 23
Views: 2762

Re: Recipe calculations.

First, thanks to all who have replied to my post, much appreciated. One more question, do you have to purchase, beer smith, and if so is it a one off payment or a monthly, yearly, cost. Beersmith is a one-off payment of approx £20 but you can download a free version to see how you get on with it fi...
by MarkA
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Recipe calculations.
Replies: 23
Views: 2762

Re: Recipe calculations.

Do it the easy way;

- download Beersmith

- enter the 20L recipe

- scale recipe up to 65L

- brew beer with correct hops and ingredients!!
by MarkA
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: First time wine making
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

Re: First time wine making

edenwalker wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:39 pm
As for the apple wine, I might take a sample and mix with some sweetener to see if it does actually improve the taste at all.
It's best to test the sweetener in very small amounts as, depending on the sweetener, a little can go a long way
by MarkA
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: First time wine making
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

Re: First time wine making

As for the apple, if I have a wine that's too acidic I either add more sugar during fermentation (can be risky as you can add too much) or add some non-fermentable wine sweetener at bottling time.

Welcome to Jim's btw!
by MarkA
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: First time wine making
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

Re: First time wine making

I would personally leave it to mature in the demijohn to see what it turns in to before making any adjustments. I usually leave elderberry wine for at least a year, often two, in which time it mellows out and loses some of its tannin and becomes smoother.
by MarkA
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Fruit wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

Re: Fruit wines

You could try making a wine with 2lb gooseberries and 1lb of blackcurrants, I made a similar recipe with rhubarb as the base and it came out well. Gooseberry wine is also delicious with nothing else added. My usual recipe is 3lb of fruit and 2.5 to 3lb of sugar (adding tannin/pectolase/tartaric acid...
by MarkA
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Conditioning in king keg exposed to light
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: Conditioning in king keg exposed to light

I have kept a King Keg in my spare room in the past with no detrimental effects, though it wasn't in direct sunlight. I would probably make a cover from a blanket or black bin liner just to be on the safe side.
by MarkA
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewday Abandoned!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Brewday Abandoned!!

I know this probably won't help, but for future reference, I have used fairly brown 2016 EKGs in my last 4 brews without adverse effect. They looked brown enough that I did query it with my usual (reputable) supplier, who assured me that this was not abnormal for English varieties, This is true. A ...
by MarkA
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewday Abandoned!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Brewday Abandoned!!

Thanks for the kind offer Jambo, but unfortunately too late!