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by Pinto
Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Ah well
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: Ah well

Cant go wrong with the coopers stout kit :)

My thoughts are summerwards too and I think im off the the HBS this weekend to get myself a few kits - feeling a brewferm Brun and probably a tarweiber for the hot days (I hope) ahead
by Pinto
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Ice concentration
Replies: 37
Views: 1257

Re: Ice concentration

Live your life according to "all things in moderation" and you wont go too far wrong. Im thinking of trying to concentrate some of my forthcoming Imperial Stout, with a view to using it as "spirit" base for this year's Xmas pudding :D - way I see it, the methanol/fusels should only be a problem if I...
by Pinto
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: White beer (whit bier) Kit - Sugar
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: White beer (whit bier) Kit - Sugar

Belgian beers are usually made with candi sugar, but if you have a jam or digital thermometer, you can make something called invert (or glucose syrup) to use instead; its light candi sugar but without heating it to "hard crack" point - follow the recipe here http://www.chefeddy.com/2009/11/invert-su...
by Pinto
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Imperial Stout
Replies: 85
Views: 11479

Re: Coopers Imperial Stout

Yes Indeedy :) Im based down in the SE of england, near Hastings. I did think about buying several of them and putting them out via ebay but as I said, volumetric postage sucks :( (there's a guy in the sale section posting 30l fermenters next day to the UK for £3.95 ! How, I dont know, i've not fou...
by Pinto
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Best Beer Kit?
Replies: 42
Views: 6314

Re: Best Beer Kit?

Best Kit ? Hard to say without knowing your own personal tastes - you could be an ale/stout/lager man :) Myself, I love belgian ales and whits, so my kit of choice usually has "brewferm" written on the can - i've yet to have a bad'un, but as i've said before, they definately reward the patient man (...
by Pinto
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Ice concentration
Replies: 37
Views: 1257

Re: Ice concentration

Depends on how your hydrometer is scaled - mine will read to ~30% abv (as proved on my spirit kits which weighed in at 21% approx) - could also consider buying a brix refractometer which should read further - plenty on the 'bay to be had around £25
by Pinto
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Imperial Stout
Replies: 85
Views: 11479

Re: Coopers Imperial Stout

£25 each, although postage is a little bit of a killer because its shipped volumetrically, not by mass - £10 (ironically, I could have ordered 4 of them to ship for the same money and at a bulk item discount price, but even I dont need 240l of fermentation space :lol: ) Same place can also do : ht...
by Pinto
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Coopers Imperial Stout
Replies: 85
Views: 11479

Re: Coopers Imperial Stout

This thread has been an inspiration ! I've been planning on a stout brew for a little while now and after reading this (and the recipie on the coopers website) i think im going to have to bite the bullet and go for this one myself - rude not to :) I have the perfect answer to tame the volcano too ;)...
by Pinto
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Diabolo - 6 months on..
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Diabolo - 6 months on..

Brewferm stuff always rewards the patient man :) I've got a batch of Tripel in the conditioning shed and im trying hard to leave it for at least another 3 months before I try any (making it 16 weeks in the bottle) - its hard ! The xmas ale sitting in my 10l Vessel right now wont be touched until 24/...
by Pinto
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)
Replies: 52
Views: 2118

Re: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)

Not an AG brewer but I spend my life working with immersion elements :) TBH you're only looking at spending about another £5-£7 for a proper 11" Superalloy immersion element - and those will keep up with boil after boil as its what they're intended for. Are they designed to boil ? I thought they ...
by Pinto
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)
Replies: 52
Views: 2118

Re: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)

Under standardised euro-voltage (230v) then a 3kw element on a 13A supply is an overload - good job the voltage sits at ~240v 90% of the time and 13A fuses arent insta-blow at their limit :) In practice it should run fine from a socket outlet (there are tens of thousands of immersion tanks bubbling ...
by Pinto
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: tempting fate
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: tempting fate

Only ever had that happen once to me, it was a brewferm tripel that I tried to get smart with and brew 9l in a 10l fermenter (...yeah, 1l of headspace will be fine.... :lol: )
by Pinto
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)
Replies: 52
Views: 2118

Re: Cheap Kettle Elements (a cautionary tale)

Not an AG brewer but I spend my life working with immersion elements :) TBH you're only looking at spending about another £5-£7 for a proper 11" Superalloy immersion element - and those will keep up with boil after boil as its what they're intended for.
by Pinto
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: Plastic v glass
Replies: 30
Views: 1746

Re: Plastic v glass

Sure its been said before, but the cheapest solution of all is to ask your local publican nicely for his bulmers/magners/NBA glass bottle empties :) For them, they're a waste issue that they dont have to dispose of if they give them to you. I drop the landlord a few homebrews as well every so often ...