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by MarkA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Acid Blend
Replies: 0
Views: 1604

Acid Blend

I usually add citric acid and tannin (strong tea method) to most of my fruit/country wines, but keep seeing recipes using a teaspoon of acid blend. Would using acid blend be an improvement? Do you add it to every wine, or only certain wines that are possibly lacking? Would it be better to buy the ma...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Anyone used liquid yeast in wine?
Replies: 1
Views: 1617

Re: Anyone used liquid yeast in wine?

I only found out recently that there were so many liquid wine yeasts available and have yet to try any, but I will at some point in the future (once I've tried liquid beer yeast which I really should get to grips with!) £7 is not too bad if you can build a starter to make 5 gallon batches with. I wo...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Bitter Recipe - How does this look?
Replies: 19
Views: 1705

Re: Bitter Recipe - How does this look?

Thank you both for your suggestions. I'll leave out the caramalt and mash at 66 degrees instead, that should end up a bit drier. If you have an English hop option I would sub for the Willamette. Unfortunately, I've only got Willamette, Challenger, Mount Hood and Cascade left. Would it be better to u...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Bitter Recipe - How does this look?
Replies: 19
Views: 1705

Bitter Recipe - How does this look?

Hi, I wasn't planning on making a bitter but a friend of mine is coming to stay in a couple of months and it's his favourite style so I thought I'd see if I could cobble one together with some leftover ingredients, (hence the small amount of biscuit malt which will probably not add much flavour). I ...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Brewing Videos
Topic: Homebrew on the BBC
Replies: 5
Views: 2823

Homebrew on the BBC

Fyfe Robertson went in search of the perfect pint in 1973;

https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/vid ... 861784883/


and another BBC video from the 60's;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-norther ... er-brewing
by MarkA
Mon May 08, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: finings?
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: finings?

I agree with Jaroporter, I've never used finings in wine either. Once the primary fermentation has finished, I rack the wine into another fermenter and let it clear in a cool place. It will probably need racking again after a month or so, depending on how much sediment drops out.
by MarkA
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Cleaning bottles
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Re: Cleaning bottles

Stewb wrote:
MarkA wrote: Me Too! :D
"Lazy brewers unite"

"Meh. Maybe tomorrow. The sofa's actually quite comfy at the moment"
:lol:
by MarkA
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: rhubarb
Replies: 3
Views: 1549

Re: rhubarb

I never pulp as it's harder to strain. I just chop the rhubarb into smallish pieces and put in a sanitised bucket. Add the sugar and leave overnight, strain juice off into demijohn, rinse rhubarb with water and strain again until the demijohn is full and add yeast.
by MarkA
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Cleaning bottles
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Re: Cleaning bottles

Stewb wrote:I'm a lazy bottler
Me Too! I do much the same - rinse 3 or 4 times after drinking, empty the drips, stick a plastic resealable cap on to keep the dust/spiders out. On bottling day, a quick squirt of Starsan, drain, and fill with beer :D
by MarkA
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Lupulin Powder
Replies: 79
Views: 4747

Re: Lupulin Powder

An interesting read, thanks Matt. I'll definitely be seeking some of this out when (or if) it becomes available over here.

I've also bookmarked the site and will be having a read through some more of Scott's blogs, there's some good stuff on there, cheers!
by MarkA
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck Fermentation
Replies: 10
Views: 1092

Re: Stuck Fermentation

I would personally rouse the yeast in the fermenter (gently so as to not add oxygen) and up the temp by a degree or so to see if the yeast will restart. For rehydration, I use cooled boiled water. Sprinkle the dried yeast on top, leave it somewhere warm for 20 minutes or so, then stir. That's all it...
by MarkA
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Graduate Research - Homebrew
Replies: 15
Views: 1729

Re: Graduate Research - Beer / Homebrew in the UK

Fair enough, I'll give it a go :)
by MarkA
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Graduate Research - Homebrew
Replies: 15
Views: 1729

Re: Graduate Research - Beer / Homebrew in the UK

I don't trust the link to be honest (sorry if it's legit but not good for a first post)
by MarkA
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks
Replies: 4
Views: 1980

Re: Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

I have left many airlocks soaking for days in a VWP solution with no problems.

I have found though that airlocks that have dulled or discoloured never come back clear, even after soaking. As long as they are clean and sanitised, I don't worry about using them.