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by chefgage
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Stuck fermentation or just finished?
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Stuck fermentation or just finished?

I agree. Mine usually finish in about 4 - 5 days. I then leave them untill they have had 2 weeks in the fementer. This also then means i can bottle at the weekend as i brew on a weekend.
by chefgage
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: #25 ESB.3
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: #25 ESB.3

By and large since I switched to underletting I get much less of a problem with doughballs, but the last time I brewed the crush i got from the HBS was much finer and so I ended up getting quite a few. I think it's better overall, but you still have to watch out for it I am going to give it another...
by chefgage
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Boiling in an Erlenmeyer flask
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Boiling in an Erlenmeyer flask

Normski wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:20 pm
If I remember correctly, According to Walter White an erlenmeyer flask is for measuring and mixing, not boiling. :wink:
Everytime i use mine i think of breaking bad :)
by chefgage
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: #25 ESB.3
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: #25 ESB.3

Did you check your spent grain for dry pockets? Like you, I tried underletting in my grainfather for my last brew, and also got a lower than expected OG. When emptying the grain onto the compost heap, I noticed quite a large pocket of dry grain at the bottom. I did mix the mash at the start, but ob...
by chefgage
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: #25 ESB.3
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: #25 ESB.3

Jim wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:06 pm
Great set of photos there! 8)

Fingers crossed the brew turns out well.
This is the second time brewing the ESB.3 The last one was soon drunk :) Hopefully this one will be good too (apart from the lower OG this time)
by chefgage
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: #25 ESB.3
Replies: 9
Views: 832

#25 ESB.3

Another brew day today. This time it was an ESB that I have been trying to perfect hence the .3 Batch Volume - 25l OG - 1.051 FG - 1.012 ABV - 5% IBU - 44 EBC - 16 Boil Time - 60 Minutes Mash Water - 18l Sparge Water - 16.3 Grain Thomas Fawcett - Maris Otter Pale malt 4.57Kg Biscuit Malt 0.27Kg Crys...
by chefgage
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Boiling in an Erlenmeyer flask
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Boiling in an Erlenmeyer flask

Patience is the key. I put the water in, then the dme and then give it a good swirl. Then its onto a low heat and every minute or so i give it another swirl. This makes sure all the dme has dissolved. I then continue on a low heat swirling now and then untill it very slightly starts to bubble. The h...
by chefgage
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: This makes no sense
Replies: 18
Views: 1809

Re: This makes no sense

One thing regards volume i have just remembered is, as has already been said when dealing with smaller volumes a slight error can cause a big difference. I was chasing a missing 1litre when i scaled down to 12l batches. I had calibrated the volume of the fermenter in litres and the boiler as well. W...
by chefgage
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions

chefgage wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 am
HTH1975 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:57 am
I’d advise to buy one before brewing this style - I’d planned a brew for ages and didn’t like the Wychwood one at all (I do normally like their beers).
Had a few different pumkin ales in the past, some good some not so good. So i do like the style and taste.
by chefgage
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions

HTH1975 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:57 am
I’d advise to buy one before brewing this style - I’d planned a brew for ages and didn’t like the Wychwood one at all (I do normally like their beers).
Had a few different pumkin ales in the past, some good some not so good.
by chefgage
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Pumpkin Beer - Opinions

How did this turn out (assuming you made it)? Every year i say i am going to do a pumkin ale but never get round it.
by chefgage
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: This makes no sense
Replies: 18
Views: 1809

Re: This makes no sense

Paddington wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:41 pm
I retook the pre boil reading several times. I've just gone to the fermenter and retaken that one, plus I've tested the hydrometer with clean water.
I take it you have compensated for temperature?
by chefgage
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Grainfather - first impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 2310

Re: Grainfather - first impressions

Mine always overflows continusly throughout the mash. I can adjust the valve so it it does not overflow as much but it still does a bit. I dont see this a a problem, beer still turns out fine.
by chefgage
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Apples for making cider
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Apples for making cider

Tried the facebook thing and there looks to be some offerings not too far a drive away.
by chefgage
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Apples for making cider
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Apples for making cider

Dads_Ale wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:07 pm
Get out in your local area and see who has any apple trees. They will probably be glad for you to come and pick them rather than going to waste. Bit of leg work needed LoL
Thats looking like my best bet.