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  • Judged with MHB this afternoon and learned more in 5 minutes than 5 hours of study. Legend.
    MartinOC
    MartinOC
    Judging is obviously a very subjective endeavour, but learning to ID faults & what makes for a good example of a style takes guidance from an experienced palate & some serious drinking over a long period of time..:) And a good..erm..memory..I think? I can't remember..
    B
    Bribie G
    Little grasshopper learn from master.
    After my issues with M15 stalling, I got home today to find the US05 starter I pitched has saved the day for the bitter, the mild still hasn't got any lower but still has an active Krausen of so I'll leave it be. Thank goodness I had some of the 'Ol faithful in the fridge!
    Yob
    Yob
    notto has pulled me out of the shit recently... twice
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Yeah I'm happy to know there are dependable dry yeasts there to help get me unstuck.
    Anyone else used M15 Empire Ale yeast? 2 Bitters and a dark mild, all took off within 6 hours, down to 1.020 in two to three days, then it keeps floccing out! Pain in the arse.
    Lord Raja Goomba I
    Lord Raja Goomba I
    That sounds better than s04, which chucked banana and belgian slight esters in a boring beer. Beer is no longer boring, but 4 pints in, I'm thinking it's doing okay.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    I'd take a banana beer over having three fermenters stalled at 1.020. Will not be using this yeast again. No beer for Christmas thanks to this. Better be done for New Years.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Just checked the mild and it at least has crept down to 1.017 over 2 days with regular swirling and upping the temp.
    So after talking to New Era I just purchased a Brew Bucket with FTSS and two Brew Bucket Minis. Also purchased a Tilt Digital Hydrometer to kit it all out.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Apparently there will be Some kit to mod the FTSS lid to fit a TC compression fitting. So pressure transfer will be an easy option!
    droid
    droid
    swoit! check out Ss brewtech pro stuff on the top RHS of their (Ss)homepage if you haven't seen it.
    M
    Mr B
    I was looking at the 1/2 bbl chronicals for $595 and free delivery, thinking 'Man thats less than I thought they were, I reckon I can do that....

    Then I realised it was the US site - about three days in...

    Doh!
    Just threw out my new auto-siphon after just 2 uses. Useless, all it did was oxygenate both batches I've used it with. That has pretty much sealed the deal for me. Conical for pressure transfer here I come.
    In Melbourne for the weekend. Can't make it to the Local Taphouse but hopefully having dinner at the Belgian Beer Cafe this evening.
    Benn
    Benn
    Did you go to Kittens?
    Benn
    Benn
    Still there? ( . )( . )
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Sorry these don't show up on the app! Nah, not sure the wife would have enjoyed that so much...
    Had my first Berliner Weisse, it went down a treat on a hot muggy afternoon.
    Weizguy
    Weizguy
    is it quite tangy, or did you add syrup to balance?
    Nice style.
    First GF brew today. Awesome bit of kit. Both issues I had today were due me not the GF. Need to adjust my crush then I'll be all good for future brews.
    Nullnvoid
    Nullnvoid
    Everytime I see GF, I read the same thing TheWiggman. It's humerous most of the time.
    B
    Bribie G
    Even at my age I still get the occasional GF crush but no issues to speak of. My current one is an awesome bit of kit as well.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Meh, it still works in the ICQ context.
    Brewed a double batch last weekend that I'm planning on using as my first sours. Checked my Saison today that was racked onto 1kg of frozen raspberries last weekend, and noticed an infection on the surface with the fruit. Doesn't taste infected, quite nice actually, although I would use 500g next time. Can't bottle until the weekend, so I might just leave it be and see how it turns out. Hopefully just started my sour program 1 week early...
    Adr_0
    Adr_0
    Champagne bottles not Burleigh tallies...
    Kegged blonde ale with diaceytl problems. Added a tablespoon of sugar and left at ambient for a week, releasing pressure twice a day. Been in the fridge for a week and back up to serving pressure, can't pick up any diacetyl!
    Cleaned the front of my Keg Mate Series 3 the other day, it was looking a bit sad. Throughout the night it loudly and repeatedly let me know that I must have got some water on the control panel! Thankfully once the spare parts arrived it was a 5 minute fix, also figured I may as well upgrade it to run from -4 to 28.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    They sell a replacement temperature PCB for $40. From their website the first PCB's only went down to 4 (mine), the second set to about -1 and the newest can be set from -4 to 28. Not sure it would be accurate enough for fermentation, it is still just measuring fridge air temp using the fridges temp sensor?
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    Bribie G
    good. That suits me, I'm not into thermowells etc .. ambient usually does the trick for the ales I do.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    If you give me a week or so for the current kegs to blow, I'll give it a good test. I know it goes below 4 degrees comfortably. But I can test it on a faux fermentation cycle to see if it actually does go to and from those extremes comfortably and PM you if you like.
    Brewing gear is taking up most of the spare bedroom and the shed at the moment. I think I just got permission to pull down the dodgy old shed that came with the house and build a brew shed!
    What a difference a day makes. Hand cranked grain with my new mill yesterday, worked perfectly. Went to take the crank off and the bolt snapped, had to hammer the thing off. Setup the new motor and it worked fine, but as soon as I put grain in it only spun on the motor side. Can't get the spider coupler off to work out why because the hex head screws have stripped on day one... I give up for today, will call Keg King tomorrow.
    M
    mje1980
    You're unlucky huh?
    Grott
    Grott
    things happening like that gives me the shits
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Yeah, story of my life. Managed to get the coupling off the shaft, but will require a new one... Pretty sure there was a part missing for the coupling, looking online at other peoples setups. Hard to tell though, there were no instructions to check.
    Has anyone else experienced that sinking feeling when you thought you had TWO pretty full kegs, then one blows?
    mofox1
    mofox1
    I've had that feeling where one kegs blows and you think, "ah well thats okay..." but then the other keg also blows.
    T
    Topher
    Ive got one left and am scared to touch it. Buying beer until my pils is ready.
    Had an APA that just kept clogging my keg dip tube, no matter how many times I took it out, cleaned it , sanitised it and returned it. Quickly returned to a slow trickle out of the tap that tasted yeasty. Found a write up by QLDKev on keg to keg transfer today, now pours beautifully and the hops shine again!
    mofox1
    mofox1
    Must have been the day for it - I followed the "keg transfer made easy method" by Ross (orig Zwickel) written up in 2007... cheers fellas!
    SWMBO said no to a Grainfather with my tax refund, so more tinkering with the 1V it is. If I switch around some of the ball valves and the thermowell I should be able to fit one of those Evilbay 38L pots as a malt pipe.
    Yob
    Yob
    Give her a shopping voucher.. Then buy it.. Seek forgiveness later
    paulyman
    paulyman
    The thought crossed my mind. But truth be told, I am actually enjoying the tinkering.
    Grott
    Grott
    Your've just spoilt all the cunning plans us schemers have for you, oh well
    Grabbed a new CO2 bottle yesterday, discovered one leak at the regulator end, must have bumped it when I moved the fridge recently. Must still have a small leak at the manifold though, it dropped pressure slightly overnight. Turned the valves off to see if it's at the input or the ball valves.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Holding pressure fine. Yay, time to start dealing with the backlog.
    I think I just caught and cured a leak in my gas system before emptying the tank, I guess I'll know for sure when I get back from the long weekend.
    Grott
    Grott
    where was the leak?
    paulyman
    paulyman
    One of the valves on my manifold. Doesn't appear to leak when the valve is off. So I just transferred the line to a spare valve. Glad I went overboard on the size of the manifold now.
    Just did my first proper batch sparge, didn't have a choice as I couldn't fit all my grain and my pre boil volume into the pot. Got my post boil gravity before even starting the boil. Should see a 10% increase in efficiency, cool. Might do this more often.
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