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  1. Fraser's BRB

    Lagering and bottle priming

    So ordinarily when I brew a lager, I will rack off primary into a keg, put a little CO2 on top, seal it and then store at 1-2 deg C for several months before force carbonating and serving, works a treat. My question is, if I wanted to bottle the same lager and bottle condition it, would you...
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    GABS 2017

    Just got my season passes for SWMBO and myself for the Melbourne GABS. Have to say, I'm pretty excited. 170 beers brewed just for the festival! Sideline talks!! Brewery stands!!! I went to the Sydney one a few years ago and it was awesome but I'm led to believe that Melbourne is a step up...
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    Changing mash temp for effect - hot weather beers

    Coming in to the hotter months (today was 36 deg here, but early for that!), I've been turning my mind to brewing something easy drinking and crisp on the finish. I have a pale ale recipe that I'm happy with that I mash at 66deg but it still has a reasonable amount of malt character and medium...
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    A man, his wife and their toddler go to NZ...

    As per the topic, me, SWMBO and the threenager are going to the South Island of NZ for a few weeks. We're hiring a campervan and keeping plans relatively loose with the goal of seeing as much as possible in the time allotted. We have 3 days in Queenstown for a wedding and three days in...
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    Process check - falling temp during primary ferment

    So my plug fell out for my heat belts overnight (I blame the cat) and two of my ales have been sitting at around 12 deg for the better part of 18 hours. They're about 3-4 days since pitching and have had active fermentation up to this point. I haven't taken a gravity reading yet. I'm aware...
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    2nd gen yeast into a new starter question

    So I've done quite a few starters now, think I've got that side sorted, but now I have, for the first time, 2nd gen yeast (harvested from an earlier starter a few weeks ago) ready to go into it's next starter to harvest off another 100B cells for the fridge and grow 240B for a beer this weekend...
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    WTB/WTT urn Hunter Valley/Newcastle

    Have a working urn lying around unused? Is it 25L or over? Well you've come to the right place! I've been using a Grainfather urn (picked it up cheaply, as it was floor stock) and it works great, but it's only 18L and I generally end up having to top it up between batch sparges. It's been...
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    Dulce de leche - adjunct

    So, reading the latest Beer & Brewer and came across Randy Mosher's Porter recipe which calls for the adjunct dulce de leche. The description sounds like the caramel mum used to make by boiling a tin of condensed milk (it sounds a bit more complicated, but I reckon same result)...
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    Unexpected side effects of using a starter

    Those following elsewhere will know I recently made and pitched my first starter into a, controversial, American Brown Ale OG 1.057, high crystal bill. At this time of year I generally set my temp controller to half a degree higher than my desired ferment temp, hook up the heat pad/belt and...
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    My first yeast starter

    So on a cruddy rainy day and with fermentation fridges full, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to start up my own little yeast ranch! Chose 1056 as the first victim so that I can pitch it straight into a pale or golden that I brew all the time thus eliminating any uncertainty on that side...
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    Oatmeal stout lacking body

    G'day all. I brewed the below recipe (adapted from Brewing Classic Styles) a few weeks ago and am drinking now from the keg. The flavours are all good but I find myself thinking that it feels "thin"? It has the creamy undertone that I'd expect from an oatmeal stout and a nice biscuity note...
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    Multiple heat pads off one temp controller?

    The issue I have is that I have fridge space to ferment at least 3 brews at a time (1 in one fridge, at least 2 in the other) but only one temp controller per fridge. Whilst I understand that with one temp probe I won't be able to monitor each of the two brews in the bigger fridge at once, but...
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    Which mill for me?

    To date I have been buying grain pre-cracked and as a result have had little control over that side of my mash efficiency. I recently bought a 25kg bag of Marris Otter that was milled much finer than my usual bags of grain and I achieved a significant gain in mash efficiency (recipe was...
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    Hunter Valley amateur signing on

    Hi all, My name's Scott, I've been brewing enthusiastically most weekends for 18 months now from my back patio in Singleton NSW. I started with extract but quickly moved to BIAB and now a 3 pot system all grain as I wanted more control over ingredients and flavours. My gear is largely done on...
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