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by TheSumOfAllBeers
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Ink Bird Temperture Controller for HLT
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Ink Bird Temperture Controller for HLT

I believe the inkbird is only capable of outputting 1KW on each of its elements. This might be ok for a HLT as long as you are not doing any step mashing with rapid time intervals (it might still be OK for this, if the volume of water being heated is low). And is fine for heating strike water over n...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: DIY Grain Mill knurled steel?
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: DIY Grain Mill knurled steel?

Most of the DIY mill projects focus on getting a base mill, and building it into a mill station - motorised, malt hopper, grist collector.

More carpentry than metalwork tbh
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: DIY Grain Mill knurled steel?
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: DIY Grain Mill knurled steel?

Last time I checked, the entry level roller mills were not that expensive. Do you have a burning desire to build a mill? Not seeing how DIY is going to save you a lot of money. Milling can be a faff, and it causes me a lot of grief on my brew days, my cordless struggled with the crush more times tha...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Experimenting With Cheap Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Experimenting With Cheap Kits

@ChrisA - big nitpick - we dont consider the addition of 'liquid malt extract' to a kit beer to be an enhancer, despite the marketing/labelling of kit manufacturers. You are just now making normal beer, rather than diluting down the malt derived extract with cheap table sugar. Kit manufacturers have...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Asda Smart Price Thin Bleach dilution help
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Asda Smart Price Thin Bleach dilution help

And you can get around a lot of this variability by buying in some supermarket water with low minerality/alkalinity/buffering.

Tesco Ashbeck still good in this regard.
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?
Replies: 42
Views: 2137

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

On flushing oxygen: Common misconception - CO2 will settle underneath the air and oxygen. the 'proper' way would be to fill the keg with water and push that out with lowest possible CO2 pressure. When flushing multiple kegs you can push the water from one to another, Ingo This is what I do, but I u...
by TheSumOfAllBeers
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?
Replies: 42
Views: 2137

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

The new 10L growler kegs with an included spear head/dip tube assembly are at the same price as new half cornies.
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: 2137

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: 617

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: 1065

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: 1043

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: 570

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: 701

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: 1435

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: 691

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...