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  1. Luxo_Aussie

    Dry Hopping - Techniques, Weighting & Removal (Reducing Oxidation?)

    G'day All, I've been reading and seen some comments which is making me question my dry hopping methods. I've found that having the hops in the fermenter for 3-4 days is optimum for most batches & usually add them in a hopsock when the gravity is 1-2 points from completion. But after these 3-4...
  2. Luxo_Aussie

    Temperature Controlled Conical - Options?

    G'day All, I'm looking to upgrade/replace my plastic fermenters with something a bit shinier & keen to know what my options are. Keen on stainless for both the yeast harvesting & reduced oxidation (not needing to rack/transfer to a secondary fessel) factors but also looking for something that...
  3. Luxo_Aussie

    Recurring Problem : High/Over Attenuation

    G'day All, I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but all my latest beers are attenuating far too much regardless of yeast selected or rest times during step mash. The last 13 batches have had an average attenuation is sitting at 88% with the average FG is 1006. Style-wise this has...
  4. Luxo_Aussie

    Late Hopping Schedule - Best technique for maximizing flavor

    Been reflecting on some of my latest hoppy brews and bitterness has still been dominating many of the batches even when all the additions have been happening in the last 20 minutes. I usually do my hoppy beers with a 30 minute boil and additions at 20/15min, 5min, 0m + dryhop. Read this "We’ve...
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    English Strong Ale (Coopers Vintage Clone)

    G'day All, I'm keen to make an attempt at an English Strong Ale, not too far off from Cooper's Extra Strong Vintage Ale. I've gone through the vast array of threads on re-creating Coopers Vintage Ale but most threads are kit or ROTM focused so not 100% sure if this is the right direction for...
  6. Luxo_Aussie

    General Bittering : Magnum or Northern Brewer

    G'day All, I've gone shopping and have the choice coming up to use either Northern Brewer or Magnum for a bittering addition on a few upcoming brews. Would anyone recommend either over the other? Batches coming up calling for one of the two are a Spiced Winter Ale, English Strong Ale (ESVA...
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    Dry Hopping - Waiting before Bottling

    G'day All, I've been dry hopping <generally> for a duration of 5 days, adding the hops when the gravity is 1-2 points off completion and then racking & storing it until bottles become available. If I was to store batches for 1-2 weeks before bottling to let things settle out, would there be a...
  8. Luxo_Aussie

    Ultra Low Alcohol Beer - No Carbonation

    G'day All, I made an attempt on a very low alcohol beer (for those still keen to drive) but it's now been bottled for 8 weeks and still no carbonation has developed in the bottles. My logic in this was to use largely speciality malts & flakes to give it more body/mouthfeel that it would...
  9. Luxo_Aussie

    Tropical Pale Ale : Six String Brewing

    G'day All, Whilst travelling around NSW a few months ago, I was very impressed with a Tropical Pale Ale by Six String Brewing based on the central coast. The balance spoke to me most of all - something you could enjoy all day long with passion fruit / pineapple flavours. I'm keen to replicate...
  10. Luxo_Aussie

    All Grain Beer (with Ginger)

    G'day All, I've done a bit of digging into this sort of thing (here, here, here & here) and found some recipes of ginger beers without malt, some beers with malt but without hops & some beers with a bit of ginger added. I would be keen to sort of meet mid-way and see how that turns out, here's...
  11. Luxo_Aussie

    Coopers Best Extra Stout - Stuck Fermentation or Complete?

    G'day all, Put down a Coopers BES a little over week ago and a bit confused with the gravity readings. Used 1/2 a yeast cake and started fermentation at 1061, it took off like a rocket and was down to 1023 within 24 hours reaching 22 degrees at the peak. Since then however fermentation has...
  12. Luxo_Aussie

    Zero minute hop additions - Effect on overall IBU's

    G'day All, I've been making some more hop-forward beers lately which have called for some late & zero minute additions to maximize the flavor & aroma. The problem is that some of these hops (Simcoe/Chinook) have high alpha acid contents and I'm concerned that these zero minute additions are...
  13. Luxo_Aussie

    Coopers XPA Clone - Recipe Feedback

    G'day All. Spent the last three weeks down under and gained a strong appreciation for XPA's, Pacific Ales and Tropical Pale Ales - nothing like any of these styles are common in Europe. Did some research into the first of these and couldn't get a clear definition of what defines an XPA apart...
  14. Luxo_Aussie

    Recipe Feedback : Oktoberfest/Märzen

    G'day All, Done some digging into the best AG Oktoberfest/Marzen style of German lager and pieced together the following, keen for thoughts from people who have brewed this style before : Hacker Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Style : Märzen (6 A) Type: All Grain Batch Size: 25.00 L Boil Time...
  15. Luxo_Aussie

    Style Recommendations : Interesting but Drinkable

    G'day All, I've been back brewing for nearly a year now and I've found the most popular styles which friends have enjoyed have been those which have been a bit different but also something they haven't tried before. Does anyone have a style or favourite recipe which is a bit out of the ordinary...
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    Issue with Belgian Triple (WLP 530) - Over-Carbonated Bottles

    G'day All, I've come across an issue with a Belgian Triple which I fermented with WLP 530. Recipe (for 21L) was 6Kg of grains (mostly Weyermann extra pale pils with a bit of vienna & carahell), mashed fairly low with steps of 15@52, 30@62, 30@67 & 20@72 hopped with Styrian Goldings with 850g of...
  17. Luxo_Aussie

    Ring of Scum - Cleaning Bottles

    G'day All, I've been back brewing for nearly 9 months and I've been coming across a recurring issue with regards to cleaning my bottles. Some (just over half) of my bottles have a ring of scum at the high-beer point in each bottle, and each have needed a good scrub with the bottle brush to get...
  18. Luxo_Aussie

    American Ale Yeast Recommendation

    G'day All, I've been back in the game for about 9 months now and have used Wyeast 1056 with great success on a range of IPA's, American Ales, Wheat beers & a couple of DSGA's. I'm keen to try a few other strains in the coming months, would anyone recommend a yeast from the following : Wyeast...
  19. Luxo_Aussie

    Yeast Process Validation & Yeast Storage Limitations

    G'day All, I've been brewing for awhile and wanted to see if what I was doing with my yeasts was right or needed some amending. Generally, my current process is as follows : 1) Buy liquid yeast, smack (or not) & add to 1.5L starter with 150g LDME and let this fully ferment. 2) Once...
  20. Luxo_Aussie

    5kg Biscuit Malt - Style Ideas?

    G'day All, I made a bit of a mistake with my first grain purchase and got 5Kg of Biscuit Malt when I probably should have got just 500g. It's uncrushed so doesn't go off for awhile, but I'm still keen to make several styles over the next 12-18 months where there's a high percentage to make sure...
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