" Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

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Post by Dadstaxi » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:33 pm

Time for a taste test: best described as Dandelion and Burdock with attitude so quite nice really.

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Post by woodburner » Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:19 am

Morning guys, I've attempted to do a brew along the lines of Ditchs stout and its just over 3 days in with an appley smell to it.
The 'foam explosion' stage has passed and the temperature is hovering around 19-20C in a water bath with a FT heater in it.

Is the appley smell normal or is my brew f**ked?

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Post by Jim » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:49 pm

woodburner wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:19 am
Morning guys, I've attempted to do a brew along the lines of Ditchs stout and its just over 3 days in with an appley smell to it.
The 'foam explosion' stage has passed and the temperature is hovering around 19-20C in a water bath with a FT heater in it.

Is the appley smell normal or is my brew f**ked?
Perfectly normal to get that smell. In fact brewing beer can smell pretty funky. :)
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Post by Dadstaxi » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:51 pm

It sure can - imagine a small bathroom with a Ditch's stout and 5 x 5 gallons of Elderflower all underway...

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Post by woodburner » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:04 am

Thanks for the replies, the brew has been left for 2 weeks and still stinks like cider (and tastes a bit like it too).

I was on the phone to bungle666 (old member on here I know personally) who suggested the fermentation had stalled and that making a yeast starter using Safale S-04 would help to restart it. I'll give that a try and see how it turns out!

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Post by sonicated » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:14 am

woodburner wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:04 am
Thanks for the replies, the brew has been left for 2 weeks and still stinks like cider (and tastes a bit like it too).
The second brew I ever did was a pale ale and tasted like sour cider, I was really worried about it. Once fermentation is complete (including secondary if bottling) leave it for at least a week per ABV percentage and it will all be gone.

Yeast doesn't turn sugar straight to alcohol, it goes through a number of different chemicals. One of these is acetaldehyde which gives the apple taste. When I started I used to do six 330ml bottles so I could taste it week by week and see how it developed - I'd recommend it.

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Post by davew » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:56 pm

Reduced to £10 in Boyes thought it would be rude not to do a pressure ferment experiment in the Fermentasaurus. Seems to be keeping the Brain in Check at 15PSIImageImageImage

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Post by steviebobs83 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:34 pm

Wish I could put a Ralph Lauren on my Fermentasaurus...

At the moment I have a Matalan shirt on my wilco FV 🤣

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Post by davew » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:53 pm

The jacket is about 10 years old and not really needed in this weather
steviebobs83 wrote:Wish I could put a Ralph Lauren on my Fermentasaurus...

At the moment I have a Matalan shirt on my wilco FV 🤣

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Post by steviebobs83 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:55 pm

I can't resist a dig sorry. I'd effin love a fermentasaurus though, are they worth the outlay?
davew wrote:The jacket is about 10 years old and not really needed in this weather
steviebobs83 wrote:Wish I could put a Ralph Lauren on my Fermentasaurus...

At the moment I have a Matalan shirt on my wilco FV 🤣

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Post by davew » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:01 pm

steviebobs83 wrote:I can't resist a dig sorry. I'd effin love a fermentasaurus though, are they worth the outlay?
davew wrote:The jacket is about 10 years old and not really needed in this weather
steviebobs83 wrote:Wish I could put a Ralph Lauren on my Fermentasaurus...

At the moment I have a Matalan shirt on my wilco FV 🤣

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Err yes i would recommend, start to glass in 7 days with no off flavours, carbonated and air free transfer to cornie. Can't see any reason not to recommend so far. Will take longer for a crystal clear brew if that's what you like.

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