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by PeeBee
Sat May 16, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: wyeast 1187 ringwood
Replies: 36
Views: 4248

Re: wyeast 1187 ringwood

I'm really not sure what was supposed to have happened (or didn't) to be so anxious, let alone to be 'picking over the lessons learnt'. It was a fermentation, not a national crisis. Perhaps you should discuss it with this bloke . He seems to know what he's typing about :^o :lol: I couldn't figure o...
by PeeBee
Thu May 14, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Torrified wheat
Replies: 6
Views: 1868

Re: Torrified wheat

It's obviously processed differently but I think the object is the same - make the grain's starch available for the mash enzymes to have a go at them. I don't believe the "torrifying" process is done with enough heat to alter the flavours appreciably? I'd use any of these unmalted forms (including s...
by PeeBee
Wed May 13, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Re: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

Next "real" application; I'm casking an "Usher's 1886 60/- Pale Ale" (a Durden Park Beer Club recreation). It was using a very heavy top cropping yeast (White Labs WLP028 "Edinburgh Ale"). After primary fermentation completed the Tilt hydrometer went haywire, reading were bouncing up and down, so it...
by PeeBee
Sat May 09, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Re: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

Looking back at this thread you will see I did make a few corrections 'cos I was mixing up weight and volume at different temperature. Nothing dramatic, 'cos errors on one side of the calculations were being cancelled by more errors on the other side. But very confusing if trying to follow the maths...
by PeeBee
Sat May 09, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stirring the mash
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Stirring the mash

Unlike Orlando I use a HERMS system (although the GF I use is effectively a RIMS system). So likewise, stirring offers no advantage so I leave it alone. But I understand (from the dubious stuff I read) that the word "mash" comes from the old practice of continually stirring for the first 1/2 to 1 ho...
by PeeBee
Sat May 09, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Re: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

My instrument of choice is a digital refractometer . … They do look the bee's knees! I'll have to get one of them … %*!$#$! (flippin' rich kids!) [/size]. :wink: Not really, it's just what you choose to spend cash on. My eyes aren't all that great, and a nice big digital read out is really helpful!...
by PeeBee
Fri May 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Old fashioned mild
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Re: Old fashioned mild

Don't suppose anyone has Kyle Ts recipes still for old fashioned mild and his porter one???? Were you looking for this? https://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=73013&hilit=kyle And I know Kyle used to dabble with this Porter recipe: https://durdenparkbeer.org.uk/index.php/whitbreads...
by PeeBee
Fri May 08, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Re: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

My instrument of choice is a digital refractometer . … They do look the bee's knees! I'll have to get one of them … %*!$#$! (flippin' rich kids!) . :wink: … I find the instruments I use simple and efficient. I didn't need to read four long posts to understand how to use them. … I find it fascinatin...
by PeeBee
Thu May 07, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Re: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

… I use a refractometer before fermentation and a hydrometer once fermentation is underway Double the trouble! I've described why I don't want to use (can't use?) either of those instruments, and suggested what I might think of anyone suggesting those instruments are the ones to use. But I suppose ...
by PeeBee
Thu May 07, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

More proof?

VERY IMPORTANT! Don't let all this prattle put you off trying a pycnometer. I'm only trying to prove that the SG they return is true, not illustrate what you need to do to use one. Well, I don't seem to have caused controversy yet (give it time!) but I'm slightly worried that I've been taking liber...
by PeeBee
Tue May 05, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Real life usage

This is for real! No mathematical proofs, just no fannying about, let's just get on with it … 20200505_184658_WEB.jpg We must have those numbers: The weight of the bottle (18.28g) and the weight of water (26.31g at 20°C) it holds. 44.84-18.28 = 26.56g (weight of beer sample) 26.56/26.31 = SG(20°C/20...
by PeeBee
Tue May 05, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Tilt hydrometer review
Replies: 92
Views: 9268

Re: Tilt hydrometer review

As promised, I posted up my pycnometer musings here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=82494&p=850237#p850237
by PeeBee
Tue May 05, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

"Specific Gravity" and reference samples

I've put this in a separate post 'cos it's so kooky you might want to skip it! I'm not even confident I'll get this right! Density is very specifically mass (weight) divided by volume (we'll use g/cm³ here, or g/ml, but it could be converted to kg/litre or whatever units are convenient). Specific Gr...
by PeeBee
Tue May 05, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Pycnometer

Fancy name, but a pycnometer is just a bottle with a hole in the stopper. There are fancier versions with built in thermometers, even very expensive digital ones, but the simple bottle at room temperature is good enough. 20200504_130825_clip.jpg Pictured is one that is tiny at 25ml, about as small a...
by PeeBee
Tue May 05, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?
Replies: 31
Views: 2427

Hydrometer? Refractometer? Or something better?

I've been promising this writeup for sometime. Now I've got it altogether (...ish) it's time to bug you all with it. I've always voiced a preference for refractometers over hydrometers because they are not so easy to break (either by dropping or having too hot a sample). Err, I should say here that ...