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by MarkA
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Recipe calculations.
Replies: 23
Views: 2432

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: 1816

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: 1816

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: 1816

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: 1408

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: 685

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: 1494

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: 1494

Re: Brewday Abandoned!!

Thanks for the kind offer Jambo, but unfortunately too late!
by MarkA
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewday Abandoned!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1494

Re: Brewday Abandoned!!

I would have gone for the EKG had they been green, but not really keen on the oxidised brown colour as I can't see it being a good thing?
by MarkA
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewday Abandoned!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1494

Brewday Abandoned!!

Had a hop delivery at the end of last week so decided today and tomorrow would be good days to brew. It was all going so well........ Mash on for a blonde ale at 66 degrees for an hour Sparge done and wort transferred to boiler and getting up to temp Unopened/vacuum sealed Challenger hops taken from...
by MarkA
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!
Replies: 66
Views: 8832

Re: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!

You can make wine out of almost anything, I remember a neighbour made oak leaf wine once. That tasted like crap too. I've tasted a couple of oak leaf wines (my dad made it years ago and Cairn O Mohr do a spring oak leaf) and they are delicious, though I believe that the leaves can be bitter from ta...
by MarkA
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!
Replies: 66
Views: 8832

Re: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!

.....has anyone had any experiences with brewing cucumbers??? I have a friend that regularly uses cucumber in his wine (carrot and cucumber is one of his faves) and he reckons it is similar to watermelon. I've yet to try it (drinking or making) so I'm intrigued to see how your wine turns out, keep ...
by MarkA
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Salifert vs Water Report
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Salifert vs Water Report

Also there is scope for some user interpretation error from the kit I was waiting for the liquid to turn pink but have just re-tested and taken a reading at the point before (where it turns a grey/purple colour) and it has given me a figure of 39.5 CaC03 so I will use this as a reference point for ...
by MarkA
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: King keg do you use still? ???
Replies: 11
Views: 968

Re: King keg do you use still? ???

I have two top-tap King Kegs which I still use on occasion. I changed the taps for THESE which was well worth the expense
by MarkA
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Salifert vs Water Report
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Salifert vs Water Report

vacant wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:40 pm
That difference looks significant (approx 30 vs approx 40) Could it be explained by three drops of reagent rather than four?
99.9% sure it was 4 drops (always room for doubt though!)