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Stouter

Member Since 10 Aug 2016
Offline Last Active Jan 16 2017 05:42 PM
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In Topic: Stereotypes: Brewers have beards

16 January 2017 - 05:39 PM

My job requires me to shave everyday I'm on. I can't get out of that. Every other day, especially hoildays, I'm saving money on razors.

Recently had six weeks hoildays and let it go wild. It was a healthy effort and pissed the missus off no end. Despite my best efforts and holding out as long as possible, I learnt quickly that a beard or stubble = no loving.

 

And there my bearded brewer effort ended with a root. :D


In Topic: No Chill Cube

13 December 2016 - 05:13 PM

Looks like air is getting back in somewhere.  Aside from a cube infection (which I recently encountered), there should be no reason for your cube to gain air.

Check the bung and the lid seal, the only two points of entry.

After the cube expands and bloats with the hot wort you'd then expect it to expel any remaining air while cooling to accommodate the contraction of the cube. Or do I have this the wrong way around?


In Topic: No Chill Cube

13 December 2016 - 03:56 PM

 A guy on the Coopers forum, King Ruddagar has the Youtube channel called Fastbrew. I'm pretty sure I watched him get a good air squeeze on using a ratchet style tie down strap to great effect though it might have been there for keeping the doona on during mashing, can't remember.

I keep meaning to pick one up but keep forgetting until brewday comes around again and I find myself doing the foot to cube to wall shuffle/squeeze. And I still end up with air in the handle.

You could probably even add some leverage to the ratchet arm for some distance from the hot liquid, and to make it easier too.  Prior to squeeze it might even extra as an incremental raiser of the BIAB bag.


In Topic: Going to give biab a try

12 December 2016 - 05:23 PM

Enjoying this thread. Just recently back into the kit styles and am loving it. Got a few niggles with the quality of one or two kits (odour or errant flavours) and the. Wet is drinkable but the first one I see that's like home brew of old I know I'll throw a fkn tantrum. BIAB could be a goer.

I looked at the kit cans at the Super today and thought about it....only for a couple of seconds, but I'll only got back to them if it's a time factor.  Not saying one's better than the other, but I enjoy the AG BIAB process right now.  Gives me a good excuse to not wash the car/ clean anything/ paint/ fix  or do anything else the missus has on THE LIST. With my roster I've got 2 to 3 days off a time ATM, and my BIAB Crowny brew day from set up to cleaned up only taking me about 4 or 5 hours, it's all good. Chuck on some tunes, do a bit of 'taste testing' during the brew, yeah!

 

I've also been following the 6 'P's' rule since my Choc Stout cube blew it's load - Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance!


In Topic: AHB Articles: Brewing Books and Brew Related Readings

12 December 2016 - 04:58 PM

About half way through 'Malt', by John Mallett.  So far it's a good mix of technical, practical, and historical information.  The technical and scientific parts are a little heavy for me on the first read but I'll revisit later, no doubt over and over until it sticks.  Also some great conversational inclusions from the Author with a variety of Brewers and Maltsters ranging from homebrewer, to microbrewer, and further on to the mass production and larger scale players.

It's prodding me to investigate more into Australian and more so my local varieties of Barley and malting. 

Slowly working my way to getting the full series of these.  The 'Yeast' installment was hard work and I put it down to rest the brain and read 'Malt'.

 

I've said it before but keep repeating it, "I wish I'd listened in Science lessons at school".