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by spook100
Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Strirring mash
Replies: 12
Views: 635

Re: Strirring mash

If your efficiency is dropping when you get towards the bottom of the bag, it may be cause it is not stored in a sufficiently moisture restistant bag. If this is the case, the grain will absorb moisture over time so that when you are weighing it put you are measuring a higher proportion of water tha...
by spook100
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Gelatine in primary fermenter
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Gelatine in primary fermenter

I use gelatine on most of my batches but I wait until fermentation has completed in the primary. I don't bother with racking off to secondary, just leave it in the primary for 2-3 weeks and then crash cool and let it stand for a couple of days to let any chill haze set in properly. I then dissolve 2...
by spook100
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Is this an infection?
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Is this an infection?

Hi I brewed my first all-grain batch three weeks ago and it has been sitting in the primary fermenter ever since. I hadn't opened the fermenter for a good week and when I checked today there was a white, waxy looking film floating on top. I first thought was that it was an infection but I sampled th...
by spook100
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Pressure barrel - too much head
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Pressure barrel - too much head

Hi
I am using the standard plastic 5G pressure barrels for dispensing. I find that the beer squirts out of the tap when I pour and most of the glass is filled with head which I then have to wait to settle before I can top up. Does anyone know how to prevent this from happening?
Cheers
by spook100
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT
Replies: 8
Views: 2096

Re: Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT

Kev I used a mechanical flange when building my existing boiler. My boiler is made from a stainless steel milk urn with quite a thick wall and I wasn't able to pull the wall flat with the flange. I have a 2 1/4 inch immersion heater so bought a 64mmx5mm o-ring ( http://www.bearingstation.co.uk/produ...
by spook100
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: No nonsense boiler advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: No nonsense boiler advice.

I concur with jubby. I'm not that practical myself but built my own boiler none the less. I had no problems with the safety side (water + electricity) but I found that, even if you find a cheap vessel (I got a 10 gallon stainless steel milk urn from a car boot sale for £10), by the time you have bo...
by spook100
Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Digital thermometer (with a mind of its own)
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Digital thermometer (with a mind of its own)

Hi Ray I can't offer you an explaination, but I have a digital thermometer that sometimes gives so weird readings. There is no way to calibrate it through the user interface but I have found that if I put the probe into an oven that has been heated up to a temperature higher than the maximum tempera...
by spook100
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT
Replies: 8
Views: 2096

Re: Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT

I take your point about the wort corroding the copper but the length of exposure is a lot less (a few hours at a time) than it would be to the water when used for domestic heating (24-7-365). I would think it would hold up.
by spook100
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT
Replies: 8
Views: 2096

Domestic Hot Water Cylinder as boiler/HLT

Hi I was wondering whether a domestic combination hot water cylinder would work as a boiler/HLT? They are generally made of copper, they're already insulated and ready for an immersion heater and outlet pipe. All that would need to be done is to cut an opening between the hot water tank at the botto...
by spook100
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Beer Engine Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Beer Engine Questions

Hi I currently either bottle my beer or dispense from one of the plastic 40 pint barrels. I like the idea of serving my beer through a beer engine but have never set one up and never used one before. Could anyone tell me what I should be looking for in a beer engine and what esle I would need for th...
by spook100
Tue May 18, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Off flavour - what went wrong.
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Off flavour - what went wrong.

I'm fairly sure now that this is as a result of not mixing in the priming solution properly. I bottled it into a dozen swing-top bottles first and the remainder into normal bottles. The first bottle that I opened was a swing-top and was too sweet, the second was a normal bottle and was OK. I opened ...
by spook100
Thu May 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Off flavour - what went wrong.
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Off flavour - what went wrong.

Boingy, I like your thinking. I know just the blike too - he normally drinks Fosters so he'll be used to drinking sh1te beer anyway.
by spook100
Thu May 13, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Off flavour - what went wrong.
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Off flavour - what went wrong.

I opened another bottle last night and it was fine so it was either a contamination in the first bottle only or I need to mix in the priming solution better next time, I think. I'll leave the remainder to condition for a few more weeks and see how they go.
by spook100
Tue May 11, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Off flavour - what went wrong.
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Off flavour - what went wrong.

YEs, OG was 1052 and FG was 1012 so there shouldn't have been too many infermented sugars left. I was wondering whether the primary solution wasn't properly mixed in before bottling and some bottles have more priming solution than others. This is the first time I've bottled a beer (in the past I've ...
by spook100
Tue May 11, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: Off flavour - what went wrong.
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Off flavour - what went wrong.

I didn't treat the water, but then I never do and have never had a problem before. I've also brewed an IPA since and it seems OK so far. The off-flavour isn't really chemical, its more medicinal - very sweet like a cough syrup.