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    Thomas Coopers Brew A IPA

    I've brewed it twice now. Both times it tasted like rubbish. I like IPA's but this new tin is just not any good IMHO.
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    PS - in retrospect : I would keep the ABV down. Certainly not above 5%. Also I would up the bitterness from my recipe (under this topic). Mine is definitely too sweet.
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    Yeah, I was pretty bummed. I did have a schooners of it from the keg last night and it was..........ok. Certainly not great. Possibly not even pretty good or even good. Just.......ok. Ah well, live and learn. I couldn't drink more than 1 at a go. Definitely not a session beer. Hope the canned...
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    A quick update on my Pumpkin brew. It's been 3 weeks since kegging/bottling now. I've had a keg in the fridge and it's still there. BUT ! I cracked a stubbie I had bottled with the remainder of the fermenter and it's pretty good actually. It has the nice Christmas spice about it and a reasonable...
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    Kegged beer went off ?

    I usually clean them out with clean water, then soak them overnight full of sodium percarbonate solution, rinse, then I give them an hour full of Phosphoric Sanitiser and rinse again.
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    Kegged beer went off ?

    Should I be stripping down and cleaning the beer taps when I change kegs, or is running santiser through them enough ? I don't think I can easily strip them down, they are Celli taps bolted to the front of the fridge. Do I also need to pull the keg spigotts apart when putting a new brew in an...
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    Kegged beer went off ?

    Tap lines were originally flushed with sanitised, but not in between changing between kegs. ie Beer from one keg was in the lines when changing kegs. Yep, tap is hooked up to right keg.
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    Kegged beer went off ?

    Hi Guys, I've only been kegging for a while, but have just had an odd case of beer going off in the keg. I brewed an IPA and popped it in the keg 5 days ago.Force carbonated for 2 days. On the 3rd day it tasted great. On the 4th day it was still great. On the 5th day it tastes and smells like...
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    I would look for a better recipe. The one I used had a ABV of 7.2% predicted, I think. Looking back at it I shouldv'e gone for something with a lower ABV, say 4.5%. That would give a rounder alcohol level. And it needs more colour and a better malt profile. I'm also not sure about the pumpkin. I...
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    Well, I got it into the keg, carbonated for a 2 days and did the taste test. Was a bit disappointed. Colour is pretty lame. Taste is a bit watery. Alcohol level is a bit too high for my liking. I'm letting it age a bit now I think. Will try it in a few weeks and see if it's improved (rounded off...
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    True, hadn't considered that. :super:
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    From the tastes I've had of mine and commercial one I think that adding oats may be lost. The cinnamon and nutmeg would overpower them. See if you can lay your hands on a commercial sample (although probably hard now that Halloween is over). Cheers, :lol:
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    QUICK UPDATE: Airlock still bubbling after 19 days at 18/20 degrees. ABV is predicted to be 7.2% so I suppose the longer ferment is expected. Had a bit of a taste yesterday and it's coming out quite ok with a nice "christmas pudding" taste & aroma. The alcohol content is pretty apparent. It...
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    Re: Seppelts Drumborg Ale recipe ?

    Hi Guys, I had one of these at the Seppelt cellar door this week and it was very tasty. Thinking I'd like to brew up something similar myself. Anyone got anything (recipe) that might give me a good starting point using extracts and steeping ? Brewed with Maris Otter ale malt and some...
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    The recipe calls for 500g pumpkin "roasted with the skin on till lightly brown". So I reckon I'll do it with fresh pumpkin myself. I may Google it to see which pumpkin has the best "pumpkin" flavour first.
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    Thanks Damon, I'll probably do that. I do have a few commercial ales in the cupboard I was going to us as a comparison so I'll crack one of them to check the bitterness. But I recall you are correct, the pumpkin ales ive had in recent years are not very bitter at all. Almost sweet in fact. Cheers :)
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    Pumpkin Ale Recipe Check please

    Hi Guys, I've had a bad experience with a recipe from "Homebrew" magazine so this time I thought I'd check with the experts before committing. My recent bad experience was a recipe with very incorrect malt amounts and this next one I plan to do has a fair bit of sugars again (4.3kg total) so I...
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    Re: HEFE lots of malt? Ferment time?

    No, hadn't tried a fast ferment yet. I was hoping that leaving it the extra week or 2 would finish it. So, to clarify doing the fast ferment test ; I bleed off a sample (0.5 litre ?) into a bottle, pitch a some more yeast in (does it have to be the same yeast ? I have a number of kit yeasts from...
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    Re: HEFE lots of malt? Ferment time?

    Yeah, the last couple of days seem to have the same readings of 1016. It's been in the fermenter for 38 days (5 weeks). Can it still release CO2 if it's finished fermenting ?
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