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by Eric
Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: tcp
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: tcp

Hi Ray, Sorry to hear this, are you sure? TCP tastes and smells are our worst fear, are you sure it isn't just imagination? I've 2 brews just casked and they aren't up to the usual standard. However, I'm putting it down to the recent higher fermentation temperatures. They were not out of range but a...
by Eric
Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG No 2 Hop Back Brewery Entire Stout (With Pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: Hop Back Brewery Entire Stout

Hey! Have you drank that first one already?
Good luck DC. A little too much chocolate malt for me but that's because of a personal preference for roasted barley in dark beers.
It's been arranged for me to wave a paintbrush all day. I know which aroma I'd prefer to generate.
by Eric
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: AG set-up, favourite equipment
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: AG set-up, favourite equipment

All that oxygen will be driven off as it reaches the boil. Remember the noise your kettle makes. The yeast will multiply during the aerobic stage and when the oxygen is completely consumed it becomes anaerobic and produces the alcohol. Introducing air/oxygen at/after this stage gives bacteria a bett...
by Eric
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Keg and added Co2
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Keg and added Co2

Hi Spencer,

About to reply and wondering how to put it, I read Parva's offering. All that's needed is to say that perfectly sums up my findings.
by Eric
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: AG set-up, favourite equipment
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: AG set-up, favourite equipment

Absolutely Scooby, so I'll say this. Make sure you have an accurate thermometer and Hydrometer. You can't easily make 5 gallons of beer with a 5 gallon boiler, so you might want to buy/make something bigger. Buy 2 fermentation vessels, one with a tap. Get a grain bag and make a hop filter as per one...
by Eric
Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Is this normal for S04?
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: Is this normal for S04?

Are you sure it has stopped. It sounds very similar to my last brew (OG 1047) using SO4, which suddenly cleared after 2-3 days at 1016. However, on closer observation it was still producing CO2 and continued to drop, albeit slowly, for a few more days without intervention. Be careful, it's warm now ...
by Eric
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First AG attempt
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: First AG attempt

Yes, you're learning like we all have and I still do.
To be honest, I'd likely get a bit over 1050 with that recipe and that's after quite a lot of brewing. I'm not saying it isn't possible, just that for me, high efficiency extraction is still elusive.
by Eric
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: temp drop
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: temp drop

No problem here with a £7 Asda coolbox. The temperature drop is not significant. I drop the mash water from the boiler at a little over 80C and stir it until it drops to strike temperature. A piece of ply underneath for spillage together with a primitive plastic sleeved fibreglass jacket for a hot ...
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Yes, another "stuck" question!
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Yes, another "stuck" question!

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu354/cirenosam/RIMG2951.jpg I hope that worked. If so, this shows the present stage of last Friday's brew. It was 1047 and you can see where the yeast cap had been in contact with the sides but has now collapsed and it is fermenting still. The lid is kept on of c...
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Yes, another "stuck" question!
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Yes, another "stuck" question!

That certainly looks as if it is fermenting. Definitely not stuck.
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Yes, another "stuck" question!
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Yes, another "stuck" question!

No Chris, not what you'd expect from a 1040 OG, but what other simple reason in these temperatures after a second pitching?
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Yes, another "stuck" question!
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Yes, another "stuck" question!

Could the mash temperature have been higher than you recorded? Maybe 1017 will be its natural final gravity. Maybe you should bottle some now.
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: All Grain - Where do I start
Replies: 27
Views: 981

Re: All Grain - Where do I start

Exactly that. My experience is that you won't get down to 1006 and hence you shouldn't worry. It is probable that the extraction efficiency (that is the proportion of malt turned to sugar and washed from the grains) of your first brews will be lower than predicted meaning you will still be rinsing s...
by Eric
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Brewday
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: First Brewday

You should be testing gravity to confirm that primary fermentation has ceased or is near completion. Assuming it has (summer temperatures will hasten fermentation) the next stage will be conditioning/secondary fermentation. This isn't done in an FV, but in a sealed, pressure withstanding container. ...
by Eric
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: All Grain - Where do I start
Replies: 27
Views: 981

Re: All Grain - Where do I start

Use up your kits, you'll not likely want any once you've tasted your AG.