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by Eric
Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: yeast help
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: yeast help

Boil some water (half litre) and dissolve a few spoons of sugar into it. Cover it and let it cool. When it drops to about 25C, take about 20 grams and spread it into the liquid, stir and recover. Look at it every hour for half a day and then throw it away.
by Eric
Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: King Keg
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: King Keg

Thank you Lillywhite, I couldn't have put that better. My King Keg is a top tap one, I didn't know there was another kind, so I'm sorry for the confusion. With care and with normal use you don't need a lot of CO2.
Eric.
by Eric
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Planning AG 2:-
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Planning AG 2:-

Hi Dave, That's the main problem with AG brewing, what to do next, the choice is so great. So only you can decide. What do you like? For what is your water most suitable? What ingredients have you and what can you get at what cost? Beers have subtle flavours and small changes in recipe can sometimes...
by Eric
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Slow / Cheap Start?
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Slow / Cheap Start?

The way you propose is the way I do it and it works. You can manage without the coolbox but I also use it to keep the last batch batch of sparge water hot to free the boiler to catch the wort and get the boil more quickly. At £7 from ASDA for a 24 litre box I find it good value. One bit of expendit...
by Eric
Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: King Keg
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: King Keg

Hi Floyd, Mix about 80 to 100 grams of sugar with boiled water and let it cool. Add it to your keg and give a blast of CO2 through the inlet valve of the lose cap into the keg. This will provide a blanket free of oxygen over your beer. Syphon your beer into the sugar solution and give another blast ...
by Eric
Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Two into One Won't Go?
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Two into One Won't Go?

Problem solved. Phoned Hop and Grape this morning and they promised delivery tomorrow at a reasonable extra charge.
If it goes wrong I'll let you know the outcome.
Cheers and thanks.
by Eric
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Two into One Won't Go?
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Two into One Won't Go?

Yes, I've got 2 fermenters, my only limitation is a single boiler. My plans were to brew on consecutive days, maybe even the same day. as I feel it will soon be too warm to brew before autumn. While there is more than enough in one packet for 5 galls, I felt it would be pushing things too far to hal...
by Eric
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Two into One Won't Go?
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Two into One Won't Go?

Now would be the end of my brewing season but as the temperature is predicted to drop over the next few days I wish to quickly do two more 5 gallon AG brews. The problem is wanting to use SO4 but have just one packet left and no time to get another. Should I shelve the idea of a second brew, transfe...
by Eric
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Using oats in pale beer
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Using oats in pale beer

Go for it, you've little to lose. I'm intolerant of gluten to the degree where I avoid beers with a high wheat content. There's gluten in barley too but the effect on me is now minimal. Oats also contain gluten but for some reason it doesn't normally cause people problems. The early books I read sug...
by Eric
Fri May 29, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: flaked maize?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: flaked maize?

Yes, I've used cornflakes in the past, but never in any quantity. I can't say they made much impact either but you are right about other ingredients, salt is a common one. They would be just thrown in from the packet and well stirred and they would soon fragment. My favourite from the kitchen cupboa...
by Eric
Thu May 28, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Help!!! Dirty wort!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: Help!!! Dirty wort!!!

Well that site is right but describes a rather crude method. It would be unwise to judge an all grain mash with any result obtained by that method BUT I would more likely suspect the malt. I'm quite new to this forum having started doing AG brews nearly 20 years ago. From that time I would never bre...
by Eric
Thu May 28, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Help!!! Dirty wort!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: Help!!! Dirty wort!!!

I don't know this for fact, but I would assume that grain for homebrew should be at least as good as that used by commercial brewers. In fact, I would expect a professional brewer to make grain work that a homebrewer couldn't. It should look like beer, see pictures on this site. It should taste swee...
by Eric
Thu May 28, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: My First AG This Weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 794

Re: My First AG This Weekend

There's a lot of good advice out there, all I'd suggest is to write out a workplan in advance with space to record times, readings, changes and aide-memoirs for future brews. Apart from making improvements from experience, we are waiting for you to tell us something we don't yet know.
by Eric
Thu May 28, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Asda cool box
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Asda cool box

They are good value. I use one for mashing and it keeps the temperature well although it gets wrapped with extra insulation.
It has no tap or strainer as sparging is done in an FV fitted with those while the coolbox is used to keep the second batch sparge water hot as the boiler collects the wort.
by Eric
Tue May 26, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG No 1 Gob Hoblin (With Pics)
Replies: 26
Views: 2334

Re: AG No 1 Gob Hoblin (With Pics)

Well done. 7 hours, that was unthinkable for my early attempts. I can remember one occasion where I was trying all sorts to get it cool enough to pitch the yeast the next morning before going to work. I'd be happy now with seven hours, my last brew was the first ever started in the afternoon. Once y...