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by TC2642
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: recommended kits for returnee brewer after 20 years
Replies: 32
Views: 2720

Re: recommended kits for returnee brewer after 20 years

PS also to get beers to taste like a decent real ale from a pub do you need to brew from all grain? Thanks While you will get very good results from kit (probably better than some ales that you get in pubs) if you want to get excellent beers, that you may not even find in the pub, then yes, you wou...
by TC2642
Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Out of date grain usable?
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Out of date grain usable?

Generally speaking uncrushed malt will last a good few months. Crushed malt has a much shorter life, I have been recommended 6 weeks and we try and stick at less than 8 weeks. With age the enzymes are degraded and therefore the diastatic power is reduced. An unmalted grain will last from year to ye...
by TC2642
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: How long do you mature your Ale & Beers?
Replies: 17
Views: 1509

Re: How long do you mature your Ale & Beers?

Usually two weeks in bottle for strong IPA's 6%+, I too enjoy having the more upfront hop flavour. Beers around the 4-5% mark I leave in keg for a week before sampling and then tuck in around the two week mark as well. Darker beers I will tend to leave a little longer but not much, three weeks to a ...
by TC2642
Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: first time barrelling advice please?
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: first time barrelling advice please?

Add about 60-80gms of sugar, I usually boil mine up in water dissolve it and then stick it straight in the barrel before transfer, avoid splashing as much as you can. I wouldn't bother with finings for a kit. Put some vasaline around the cap and after finishing screw on the top and add a blast of CO...
by TC2642
Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Other Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Simple Cheap and Tasty, Raspberryade
Replies: 498
Views: 80803

Re: Simple Cheap and Tasty, Raspberryade

Hya TM, it is Sorbitol 70%. Got it from the homebrewshop but not sure how much to use yet, going to have to find a bit more out on it. :-k
by TC2642
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Other Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Simple Cheap and Tasty, Raspberryade
Replies: 498
Views: 80803

Re: Simple Cheap and Tasty, Raspberryade

doing myself a cut down version of this just using apple juice and some strawberry syrup (found in a Polish shop) because I forgot to add teabags. Still should be ready for bottling in a couple of weeks, looking forward to trying the results but I do have some liquid sweetner on hand if it's a bit t...
by TC2642
Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Anyone got a good recipe for Port
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Re: Anyone got a good recipe for Port

I make a damson port in a similar sort of way. Take a blackberry wine and the left over damsons that I have used for damson gin, pour the wine on top of them, leave for a couple of months and decant, not sure how strong it is but there is enough left over alcohol from the used damsons to give it eno...
by TC2642
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Sortalvsheim RIS A beast!
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Sortalvsheim RIS A beast!

Mine went down to 9% but ended up at 10.5% after brett was added, had a fair bit of spew after pitching onto a previous SO5 cake. Leaving it until Xmas 2015.
by TC2642
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: All Goldings single hop IPA?
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: All Goldings single hop IPA?

If you want a closer historical style it would be worth putting a lot of hops in. My IPA book suggests upwards of 150gms or more for 23ltrs.
by TC2642
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: heather ale
Replies: 8
Views: 1544

Re: heather ale

You may want to check up on the psychoactive properties of heather around your area otherwise you may get more than you bargained for when you have one pint to many :shock:
by TC2642
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Storing ale in casks
Replies: 10
Views: 544

Re: Storing ale in casks

Just to give another side but I use old boots style and king keg barrels. I use gas to keep the top pressurised after I have taken a few pints out, will keep it fresh and ensures a head, if you like that sort of thing.
by TC2642
Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: No Secondary Fermentation - No Pressure :-(
Replies: 16
Views: 816

Re: No Secondary Fermentation - No Pressure :-(

turbo 2011 wrote:I'm sure I read some where to use Champagne yeast as it doesn't give the beer any extra flavour do a google search
The only problem that I can see here is that it would dry the beer up too much, one reason why it's not a good idea to use even in big beers.
by TC2642
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Who's planning / brewing what for Xmas 2014??
Replies: 38
Views: 3682

Re: Who's planning / brewing what for Xmas 2014??

I've already made and I'm currently conditioning my RIS for Xmas 2015 but I be brewing a 6-7% soured porter for this year next month.
by TC2642
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Thwaites 13 Guns
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Re: Thwaites 13 Guns

Got a bottle of this to try tonight, will report findings later.
by TC2642
Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Paella vs large cast iron burner?
Replies: 36
Views: 2675

Re: Paella vs large cast iron burner?

I have one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Cast-Iron-Large-Gas-LPG-Burner-Cooker-Gas-Boiling-Ring-Restaurant-Catering-/171311782618?pt=UK_BOI_Restaurant_RL&hash=item27e2fa5ada It works fairly well but if there is a bit of wind the gas does wick away fairly quickly, my advice would be to make...