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    Show me your Mini Mill setup

    So it turns out a drill chuck+marga handle works way better than a plumbing compression fitting! Used a dremel to cut some edges for the keyed parts of the marga handle. Goes through that 8kg pretty fast, 6 minutes?
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    Thermosiphon boiler

    Anyone seen a thermosiphon in action for boiling+lifting water? Came across these guys who're using one to boil mash water and "pump" it up above the kettle, kind of intriguing. http://www.picobrewery.com/reboiler.html
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    Removing alcohol from a starter

    Aha, thanks Mark for pointing out the Crabtree Effect. I suppose you could feed the starter with some more sugar after it's done a first ferment, but that isn't much easier than just stepping it. Moad I reckon the problem for low alcohol beer would be byproducts of using alcohol dehydrogenase -...
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    Removing alcohol from a starter

    Maybe this is a crazy idea, but bear with me. Is there any enzyme or similar that can break down alcohol? Wondering if you could put that in a high gravity starter (1.60 OG?) and then you'd end up growing a lot more yeast, but it would stay healthy since the alcohol levels haven't gone too...
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    Craft beer tax axed in federal budget

    Will this cause trouble filling growlers since now the keg will be lower excise than bottled beer?
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    Water Report Mandurah WA

    All here I guess https://www.watercorporation.com.au/-/media/files/residential/about-us/our-performance/drinking-water-quality/dwq-annual-report-perth-aesthetic-tables.pdf
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    Digital Thermometer <- thermapen alternatives

    Bringing back this old thread, anyone seen a good long thermometer, 40cm+? It'd be nice to reach to the bottom of the mash tun, or low water levels in the keggle without steam burns. There's the ThermoWorks RT610B-24 which looks pretty good though a bit slow, but it's out of stock and about...
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    Show me your Mini Mill setup

    Here's my basic setup for hand crushing, 8kg hopper. I thought the nylon compression fitting for the old Marga crank was a clever idea, until I tried some hard carahell and the copper pipe just kept slipping. I'll have to find a better crank or attachment there.
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    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    Yep, I meant chill it as soon as the cap's on.
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    Low dissolved oxygen brewing techniques

    A bit off topic, but would lower dissolved oxygen imply that it's best to bottle at a highish temperature rather than chilled?
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    With many 'foreign' beers now brewed in Australia, is it time for clearer labels?

    A problem in other countries too it seems https://www.occrp.org/en/investigations/4943-romania-bioteching-poor-beer-for-poor-countries Do extra enzymes get used much in Australia breweries?
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    Betadine for iodine tests

    I'd be wary of the fats/oils in a pudding, not going to be good for foam?
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    Where did Achouffe get their yeast from?

    Achouffe brewery has a distinctive yeast but is relatively recent, 1982. Anyone know where they got their yeast from originally? (I assume wyeast weren't selling 3522 back then...)
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    Silicone hose in the compost bin

    Well a soak in napisan has cleaned it visually, but that stink is pretty strong... Citrus peel I think. Shall give it a boil
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    Silicone hose in the compost bin

    Found where my silicone hose went missing last week - into the compost bin with the whirlpool remains. So, can it be saved? Strong boil then bleach maybe...
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