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    Frequently Asked Questions For The New Brewer

    Hi all, Although I've been K&K brewing on/off for 20+ years I still sometimes fall into some basic traps when returning after an extended hiatus. Here's some tips of mine to assist with easier brewing/avoiding mistakes, I hope you find these of use: - If using a fridge for brewing +...
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    Bottle washing idea

    Hmmm I like the sound of giving the bottles an overnight soak! I never had that option at my old house so never gave it a thought. I have approx 350 longnecks, most of which need a full nuking. I'm happy to just do ~30 at a time the night prior to bottling. Rinsing/sanitising one-at-a-time...
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    Bottle washing idea

    Thanks all for your replies, Grmblz yes I wasn't sure on whether a HWS recirc pump would be suitable for this kind of loop; their ability to handle hot water was what caught my eye, all other cheap pumps I'd seen can't handle anything above ~40*C. All of the bottle-washing setups I've seen...
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    Bottle washing idea

    Hello all, Long time between forum visits. I'm after some opinions please from others who use bottles. I'm sticking with bottling as I enjoy the process. I'm in the process of setting up a new brew station after a hiatus of a few years, and have come up with an idea for improved bottle...
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    CY17 Cider

    Late reply - I've just used a packet of CY17 in a cider using a variety of apples from the in-laws' (20L) + 500g lactose. It'll probably turn out tart because some of the apples were a bit green, but all were edible. OG: 1052, yeast added at 23*C, fridge set to 23.5*C.
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    Apple Cider using fresh juice as base

    Brewing with the fruit alone will be enough for a full strength cider. I added a kilo of dex to ~20L of cider and ended up with a 10% monster. I went through two full eskies' worth of apples (~360 midsize pink ladies) to get 20L of juice via a much-punished juicer, although I could have always...
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    Soda Stream sugarfree Pink Grapefruit experiment

    Update for the Sodastream brew (2.5wks in): Aside from some indication of +ve pressure, there was no airlock activity throughout the brew period. The fermenter I've been using has been in some HOT water before so perhaps the lid seal isn't 100% anymore. Will bottle today. I tossed in the 2nd...
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    Soda Stream sugarfree Pink Grapefruit experiment

    Hi all, I picked up a couple of Soda Stream bottles for $2 each (Best Before last week), & had a spare kilo of dex & figured "let's see what this turns in to". I'll try it out with some SN9 yeast (1 to use, 1 spare). I'm aiming for a hobo sweet alcopop result, because why not. The sweeteners...
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    I might be a bit late posting here but Kona Brewing Co http://konabrewingco.com/ are pretty...

    I might be a bit late posting here but Kona Brewing Co http://konabrewingco.com/ are pretty good. They're based on the Big Island but I'm assuming they sell on Oahu as well.
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    Recipe ideas for Coopers Dark Ale

    I did a straightforward Coopers Dark Ale + 1kg BE2, no hops or other additions. It was ok, your typical "Coopers taste" given the quantity of dex in the BE2 & the standard yeast. I think you're on the money with using a kilo of LME/DME with a can of Dark Ale. Maybe start with that as a...
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    Alice Coopers AnthraXXXX Becks Pistols Oettingerpeth? (a bit of a stretch there) PISS Weisse...

    Alice Coopers AnthraXXXX Becks Pistols Oettingerpeth? (a bit of a stretch there) PISS Weisse Snake / Weisse Lion
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    Spewing. Longnecks or stubbies? I put down a Cerveza & a honey/maple Canadian Blonde on Friday...

    Spewing. Longnecks or stubbies? I put down a Cerveza & a honey/maple Canadian Blonde on Friday, 23L each, but I use longnecks so it's not too bad.
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    Toucan Kona Stout + ginger beer

    Hmm... I'm not sure on the ginger beer, after opening the first bottle tonight. It's only slightly carbonated, has zero head (it's like pouring wine), and despite having a strong ginger smell & a reasonable amount of ginger heat, it has something both in the taste and smell that is slightly...
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    Toucan Kona Stout + ginger beer

    Stout update: 6 weeks after bottling, the coffee flavour - whilst still dominant - is becoming less & less like an added shot and more like just simply a strong coffee flavour, if that makes sense. As for the ginger beer... After a bit of a delay with sorting out an FG I ended up bottling the...
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    Toucan Kona Stout + ginger beer

    Cheers for the interest mate! I'll have to keep an eye out for if you make a thread about yours :)
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