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by Kev888
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Fermentation Translation
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Fermentation Translation

That seems quite a rigorous programme! Yes, I broadly agree with McMullan. Though I must admit that I don't always do all these things, in particular I rarely collect chilled wort much cooler than the pitching temperature, though in some systems doing so can make it easier to then adjust to the exac...
by Kev888
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Stout Trouble

Well yes, one could avoid or reduce the issue by not using as much flaked barley. But the 70%-20%-10% recipe is brewed by a great many people and normally just works as expected (give or take the odd gravity point). For it not to suggests some underlying issue that to my way of thinking would benefi...
by Kev888
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Stout Trouble

Most odd. Flaked barley isn't (of course) malted barley so may respond with 'slightly' different efficiency within the same mash, but not that much in my experience. It really shouldn't bring the gravity down by several points, especially as it is only a part of the total grain, so something strange...
by Kev888
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Northern Monk Recipe Request
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: Northern Monk Recipe Request

Yes - as always it would be necessary to adjust the recipe to match one's own efficiency rates, the potential of the particular grains used, the alpha acids of the hops and so on. Though even with that, and with the recipe nailed to perfection, exact clones are challenging. There might be important ...
by Kev888
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gardena Garden Hose - disaster or a subtle new dimension?
Replies: 10
Views: 577

Re: Gardena Garden Hose - disaster or a subtle new dimension?

My enquiries (some years back) with hose manufacturers showed they wouldn't say any hose was safe even for cold drinking water unless specifically sold as such. So I doubt you'd ever get professional advice telling you it was fine steeped in boiling wort; the fact is that it won't be ideal and so ca...
by Kev888
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Anyone tried this site to source used kegs?
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Anyone tried this site to source used kegs?

If you're going for pallet quantities then it might also be worth checking prices of new kegs with Crusader; they stopped dealing with small orders but are still supplying larger ones. By way of comparison a new 50L keg from them used to be about £69 including VAT and (I think) delivery. That was a ...
by Kev888
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Stout Trouble

Without knowing for certain what was behind this, then hard to predict. But certainly don't throw it until you find out; there are plenty of possibilities that could leave it drinkable, if not exactly the balance that was intended. The bitterness to gravity ratio would lean more towards the former, ...
by Kev888
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Graham's water treatment calculator
Replies: 9
Views: 689

Re: Graham's water treatment calculator

I'm embarrassed to say that many years ago I would rather blindly just add spoons of gypsum to both mash and boil. So the sulphate levels were hundreds of parts per million whilst the chloride still only around forty ppm. These days I understand what this means for the beer, and indeed the results w...
by Kev888
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Stout Trouble

Robwalkeragain wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:19 pm
Yeast nackered maybe? Try a repitch
I'd read the OP to mean the OG was out, rather than the FG - but on re-reading it, that isn't a given. If the fermentation has stuck right up at 1.040 then that would indeed be very different.
by Kev888
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Low mash pH
Replies: 43
Views: 1441

Re: Low mash pH

Good stuff! It was so close to the normal range that I was sure it would be okay, but it is always good to taste it in realty.
by Kev888
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stout Trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Stout Trouble

With this recipe I just get the same sort of mash and brewhouse efficiency as for other beers. Though that is with the right water chemistry and a 90min mash (I haven't actually tried cutting corners with it so not sure what may happen were that the case). The flaked barley does contribute quite a l...
by Kev888
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Anyone tried this site to source used kegs?
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Anyone tried this site to source used kegs?

I've not heard of them before, but it could be good to have another source if they're any good. Particularly of the slim 20L sankeys, which seem relatively unusual here. Will be interesting to see what response you get.
by Kev888
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Low mash pH
Replies: 43
Views: 1441

Re: Low mash pH

Eeek yes, well noticed!
I corrected it now
by Kev888
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Low mash pH
Replies: 43
Views: 1441

Re: Low mash pH

To consider some of these issues more generally: If one is very lucky with the water and only brews pale beer (or doesn't sparge), then not very much treatment may be needed. In all other cases the beer will benefit from basic treatment, in some cases just a little but in others hugely - water is ve...
by Kev888
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Low mash pH
Replies: 43
Views: 1441

Re: Low mash pH

Well the fading colours are more illustrative than specific in that chart. Admittedly 5.1 is a little too low but it certainly isn't way out in no-man's land and so will still make fairly normal beer, especially if the temperature was normal too. Just a little different to how it would be if mashed ...