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by Paddington
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Saison
Replies: 21
Views: 2299

Re: Saison

An update on this for what it’s worth. I raised this over about five days to 30 degrees and it has bubbled like crazy until the last day or two. I’ve just taken a reading which is 1.002. I can’t see the point of adding any champagne yeast...
by Paddington
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Infection or just a poor brew??
Replies: 15
Views: 1090

Re: Infection or just a poor brew??

Yes, I was hoping it was the yeast and dry hops but the fizziness made me think yeast infection. I was paranoid about infection before, even though I’d never had one (despite a few heat of war mistakes), I’ll be even worse now.
by Paddington
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Infection or just a poor brew??
Replies: 15
Views: 1090

Re: Infection or just a poor brew??

I was suspecting wild yeast. It’s just about drinkable... isn’t Brett the most common wild yeast infection? If so I’ll just say it’s intentional.
by Paddington
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Infection or just a poor brew??
Replies: 15
Views: 1090

Infection or just a poor brew??

I recently brewed a Punk IPA clone using the Brewdog recipe. It's cloudier than any brew I've made up to now (they've all been pretty crystal clear other than my wheat beers) which I initially put down to the high level of dry hopping and using a US yeast. However, I'm sure they're getting a bit fiz...
by Paddington
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gas or electric...
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: Gas or electric...

Thanks for the help, the Brupaks heap of crap will now be HLT when my shiny new kettle (with element) arrives from Brew Builder!
by Paddington
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gas or electric...
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: Gas or electric...

kettle elements often come with some dryboil protection, with my old blue barrel boiler fitted with 2x budget kettle elements this took the shape of a 'pingring' (Bi-metalic ring that would ping /spring into a new shape once hot enough), which in turn pushed in a small white pin to break the electr...
by Paddington
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gas or electric...
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: Gas or electric...

Thanks, both. Sounds like my current boiler should be doing better. My worry with using a normal element is that the same will happen again.
by Paddington
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gas or electric...
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Gas or electric...

My Brupaks boiler let me down for the second time today, it just can't handle high OG brews, the element overheats and cuts out. So after a truly awful time of trying to salvage the day, I'm going to relegate it to HLT and get a new kettle. I only need a 33 litre at this stage, although I'm tempted ...
by Paddington
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Geterbrewed delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 3436

Re: Geterbrewed delivery

I used them once because they stocked the large keg cooler bags. The yeast I got was out of date....and delivery was slow. Never again. I use Brew UK and malt miller about 70/30. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro I waiver too. Malt Miller is slightly better quality but no free delivery over £6...
by Paddington
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Liquid yeast viability.
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Liquid yeast viability.

Thanks, IPA. When I was first started brewing, I just followed recipes without any thought or knowledge of pitching the right amount of yeast and always had good results. As I have learnt a little bit more, I know that I must have been underpitching by some amount according to the calculators, so I ...
by Paddington
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Liquid yeast viability.
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Liquid yeast viability.

Yes, the problem is that if I go with Brewer’s friend I have multiple steps starting at 200ml, if I go with Beersmith, I can probably do it in one step.
by Paddington
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Liquid yeast viability.
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Liquid yeast viability.

https://www.whitelabs.com/news/purepitch-shelf-life I have a five month old White Labs Pure Pitch which I will be using in a Saison shortly. I've looked at various calculators which give me viability of 0 (Malt Miller), 1% (Brewer's Friend) and 50% (Beer Smith). I've then found the above link from W...
by Paddington
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Geterbrewed delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 3436

Re: Geterbrewed delivery

Melt Miller is excellent but I’ve used Brew UK for my last order because they do free delivery over £65. Delivery was next working day, albeit they don’t promise that like MM. I added up the order an it was the same on either site so I decided to save £8.
by Paddington
Wed May 30, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Starter from Smack Pack
Replies: 11
Views: 1074

Re: Starter from Smack Pack

Yes, but in almost all circumstances you are taking a risk if you smack them and use them direct. My smack pack had an estimated 50 billion cells, which means it’s underpitching any reasonable brew by a fair bit. Having said that, when I first used a liquid yeast and had no idea what I was doing, I ...
by Paddington
Wed May 30, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Starter from Smack Pack
Replies: 11
Views: 1074

Re: Starter from Smack Pack

Thanks for all of that. It does beg the question of what the point of a smack pack is. Unless you get a brand new pack and you’re brewing a short and/or weak brew you’re going to have to use a starter in any case. The smack pack is why I normally use White Labs.