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  1. Screwtop

    Rare Aussie Beer

    No Idea, as much as a collector is willing to pay I guess. Cheers, Screwy
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    Sparge ring

    Yeah looked at that, it's fine for sparging but I have a HERMS System I want the wort returning to the mash tun in as gentle a fashion as possible ! Screwy
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    Sparge ring

    Holee Shite that tun is full!!!!!! Yesh have done this in the past, but when I removed it to stir before mash out is got all out of shape, PITA haha Screwy
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    Sparge ring

    Haha, makes them to order, price depends upon size. His new model has 16mm arms, mine's an earlier model (12mm arms). Screwy
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    Sparge ring

    Looks good, My mate designed his with as much distribution across the grainbed as possible in mind. I see with this similar style of manifold much of the wort is returned around the outer perimeter. I would rather not have a similar problem as mentioned by DH_L3ThAL Screwy
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    Sparge ring

    I have seen this on my system before, mostly due to too much stirring of the grist. With HERMS/RIMS its best to stir gently and only at the mash in, and again once the temp has been raised to mash out. At the higher temp (Mash Out 77c) the mash is far more open due to lower viscosity and much...
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    Sparge ring

    For best efficiency in my system I fly/continuous sparge and over 10 years I have tried many types of sparge devices. Originally I ordered a rotating sparge arm from the US which I had numerous problems with. Mainly temp loss in the sparge water and not spinning due to the low sparge flow. I...
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    Dedicated Herms Guide, Problems And Solution Thread

    A brewing mate with metal fab skills made this fantastic wort return manifold. It sits on top of the grainbed, the flexible hose allows for varying grainbill size, outlet holes in the top of the arms distribute wort evenly over the top of the grainbed with no disturbance. So well made, all...
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    Birthday Drinks

    Great Vintage, Thanks Grott Thanks to all for the good wishes. Bacchus Brewing this Sat for celebration drinks !! Cheers to Stu also, sent him a birthday wish on FB. Screwy
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    Bitterness and Flavour

    Wow, that simple question has an answer that would outdo War and Peace in volumes. But simply, it takes around 60 min boiling to isomerise all of the alpha acid (bitterness). Less and you get proportionally less bitterness and more of the flavour. The Hop variety and crop levels of Alpha...
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    Kegmenter. Are they good to use?

    Will these fit a Tookeys (Style) Keg??? Screwy
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    Yeast Starter

    If you made a beer, say 20 litres, fermented it for 5 days, then pitched this 20 litres to say 200 litres of wort. What would you be pitching, a yeast starter or some fermented out beer and yeast trub?????????????????? Screwy
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    New grain mill - hand crank vs drill power?

    Interesting reading. I use a drill with a ghetto speed control (cable tie around trigger and handle) :lol: Over nearly 8 years using this mill I have found that slow gives a better crush, gap is 40thou or 1.016 mm. Much like Les and Warra my mash efficiency is usually in the 90% range...
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    What is this sweet caramel flavour?

    At first I replaced US-05 with BRY-97 with much better results (doesn't produce "that" US-05 character either) then tried Mangrove Jacks M-44 which has now become my go-to dried yeast. Screwy
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    What is this sweet caramel flavour?

    Are you positive it's caramel. Maybe its honey. Most likely VDK (vicinal diketones) and possible 2.3 Pentanedione. Had the same problem years ago, due to fermentation issues. Changing yeast strain (away from US05) and extending fermentation time to 14 days fixed it. Check this...
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    Birthday Drinks

    Hey Tony, Happy birthday to one of the originals, all the very best. Will have one for ya on Fri Cheers, Screwy
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    Logistics of bigger batches?

    Have been double batch brewing for 6 years with the occasional low gravity triple batch. Having two fermentation fridges helps, I use 25 and 30L fermenters so I can manage moving them around. Ideally I would like to have an 80L conical fermenter with temp control and get rid of one ferm...
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    How many FG points does an increased mash temp add?

    In my experience the diff between mashing the same maltbill at 64 and 69 gave a variance of 4 or 5 points in the FG using the same yeast strain and pitch rate, fermented at the same temp. What ratio of your maltbill is made up of dextrinous malts such as cara or crystal. These will have a marked...
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    Tips for improving a wheat beer

    Grab a Filter housing from Bunnings and a (read cheap) carbon filter about 1 or .5 micron add some hose fittings and caravan (drinking water) hose to connect from tap to filter and filter to HLT. The filter will last for years with the amount of water you filter each year to use for brewing...
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