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by MarkA
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewday Abandoned!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1652

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: 1652

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: 10245

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: 10245

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: 1708

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: 1142

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: 1708

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!)
by MarkA
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Salifert vs Water Report
Replies: 8
Views: 1708

Re: Salifert vs Water Report

Thanks Eric. Unfortunately I didn't keep the test sample. I took the reading when it had turned pink with the first drop after the blue colour and it appeared stable. I'll leave it longer next time to see if it returns to blue.

Cheers
by MarkA
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Salifert vs Water Report
Replies: 8
Views: 1708

Salifert vs Water Report

Hi, I've now got a water report from Wallybrew and it gives a figure for alkalinity of 39 CaC03. I took a Salifert test on the same water as I bottled it which gave me a figure of 28 CaC03. I did the 4ml water/4 drop test and the syringe reading was 0.88 which gives the meq/l figure of 0.56 (then x ...
by MarkA
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: where next
Replies: 17
Views: 2445

Re: where next

Jim wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:33 pm
If you were using normal beer bottles you'd have to seal the tops somehow to do the same (clingfilm??).
I use THESE or a square of foil if they are all in use.
by MarkA
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Newbie only at home on the weekends - How can I ferment ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Newbie only at home on the weekends - How can I ferment

I always leave my beers in the fermenter for two weeks. I take a reading after about a week (it's usually finished unless it's a monster) and then leave it another week before either cold crashing or bottling (checking gravity is stable first, obviously).
by MarkA
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Slow Fermentation Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 2
Views: 1683

Re: Slow Fermentation Elderflower Champagne

I personally would wait it out, especially considering the high original gravity
by MarkA
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: ESB recipe change ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 1012

Re: ESB recipe change ideas

If you want more head retention, the obvious choice would be to add some torrified wheat (5% or so)
by MarkA
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Autovac beer engine
Replies: 8
Views: 1293

Re: Autovac beer engine

That's pretty grim!

Enjoyed the comments too (and anyway, North Yorkshire is the largest UK county, not West..... :twisted:)
by MarkA
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Comp Winner.....
Replies: 8
Views: 1285

Re: Comp Winner.....

Well done! 8)