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by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?
Replies: 42
Views: 1897

Re: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?

The small poly pins are great value for the money, but you will have to keep them cold or in the original box, or it will lose condition over an extended period
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?
Replies: 12
Views: 513

Re: Charcoal filtered water, what benefits?

Remember you can also buy RO water from aquarium suppliers/trade cleaner suppliers. Usually very cheap.

Also I believe that Tesco Ashbeck water is still god to use as is, in brewing.
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Mead
Topic: Metheglin or poison
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Metheglin or poison

If you wish to back sweeten, cant you introduce some maltodextrin? You could buy some powder, or steep some cara pilsner / dextrin malt

Is this a trick that mead makers favour?
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Lallemand London ESB dry yeast.
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Lallemand London ESB dry yeast.

Robwalkeragain wrote:Great yeast! Probably the best dry all rounder on the market for english bitters imo.
You have to work hard to get it to clear, but this turned out a great balanced bitter for me last year, which medalled at London & South East 2018
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New toys!
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: New toys!

Wouldn’t call it an over indulgent purchase.

Like the OP, volume calculations drive me cracked. If you can’t rely on volume calcs, your efficiency figures will be off, and from there you will struggle to hit numbers with goalposts moving all the time.

It’s a cheap price to keep the sanity
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: [Newbie] Beer dispenser
Replies: 10
Views: 650

Re: [Newbie] Beer dispenser

@mikemelga look out for old chest freezers on the various reseller sites. Really good at getting kegs temps down and keeping them there.

I have my current kegerator setup at 10-14 PSI for dispense ( a Lager)
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Minibrew, Braumeister or grainfather

Even if your personal consumption is quite modest, consider that many brews can be left down for years in bottled form. I found that by brewing large, and carefully with one fermenter, this was how I got variety into the house. It was always nice to have some of the last batch left over to sample si...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Citra comparable available in the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Citra comparable available in the UK

I suppose I either take a hit in buying small quantities at a high cost or try and find a few like-minded souls who'd be happy to share the cost of buying in larger quantities at hopefully, a proportionally lower outlay. There are a few home brewers who contract out their hops, and sell on what the...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Citra comparable available in the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: Citra comparable available in the UK

Are you looking to grow a hop that has the citra character in the UK? I think you will struggle. Both the hop variety and the growing conditions combine to make the hop experience, and we don't have the weather to grow hops locally that really push out that C-hop experience. There are some UK based ...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.
Replies: 21
Views: 1473

Re: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.

Star San doesn't kill wild yeast. Unless you are using something more aggressive, such as bleach, iodine based sanitiser or steam pasteurising your kegs and lines, any wild yeast can survive in the kit and make its way to your kegs. It may not be noticeable post ferment but it can progressively deve...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Brut ipa
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Brut ipa

It goes a very very long way too. At 0.5ml in a 55L batch, it took a lager stuck at 1.022 (OG 1.049) down to 1.009
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Hothead yeast
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

Re: Hothead yeast

by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Shiny FV
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Shiny FV

I would look at Mr Lards pot conversions. https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/flat-bottom-fv-p220.html - gasketed lid with 1x tri clamp ferrule - lets you get hop ports, corny posts etc on them, and pressure transfers - TC ferrule for racking arm, and get a racking arm that can be twisted from the outside...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Conditioning before bottling
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Re: Conditioning before bottling

Kingfisher: blow off tubes are better for controlling suck back as the beer chills and contracts.

I have a pressure transfer setup on my FV, so I can easily attach a low pressure co2 source to my fv to stop suck back, or otherwise top up the headspace
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: used keg cleaning
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: used keg cleaning

Looking forward to all the pics of people’s keg cleaning setups. I recently built an unusual whirlpool arm to go through a 3/4” threaded hole on my kettle. Took 2 months for all the parts to arrive separate from the bay of evil. The water butt pump/ keg washer OTOH was just plugging together some co...