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  1. slash22000

    15/16 inch US tap -> adapt to AU garden hose?

    This one is a long shot but I'm hoping I'm not the only person in Australia who has suffered the yankee curse. Moved into a new unit, my hose adapters don't fit any of the new taps. After a few hours of Googling it turns out the wanker landlord has installed American faucets with "15/16 inch"...
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    Refractometer reading way off

    Just finishing up a brew, hydrometer is reading 1.054 OG (temperature corrected), my new ATC refractometer is reading 15 brix (1.062)? I made sure to calibrate it with distilled water before using it (reading 0 brix exactly). It doesn't have a SG scale so I can't compare them. Is this just a...
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    Ball lock gas disconnect releasing gas when not connected

    G'day all, Quick/simple: bought a white ball lock gas disconnect from Craftbrewer to replace an old cracked one, but it's pissing out gas even when it's not connected to a post. It's not a leak in the line, it's coming out of the actual disconnect itself, where it is supposed to come out of...
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    NHC 2013: Kai Troester (Braukaiser.com) on stirplate starters

    http://www.braukaiser.com/documents/Troester_NHC_2013_Step_Up_Your_Starter.pdf This was very interesting. For those interested in the basic summary: Constantly stirred starter showed vastly superior growth over unstirred starter (pretty sure we all know this one) The greater access to oxygen...
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    Final gravity scale hydrometer?

    Is there anywhere in Australia where you can get hydrometers scaled for final gravity only? Like maybe 1.000 - 1.030 or something? I've seen them for sale in the US etc but I can't seem to find any local results. :unsure: Cheers all.
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    "Crystal 150L" or "Extra Dark Crystal" availability in

    Looking for some of the above, but can't seem to find a source. The darkest crystal I can find is around 120L, but this recipe specifically requires US Crystal 150L or UK "Extra Dark Crystal". Special B and Caraaroma are around that level but the recipe again specifically states NOT to use...
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    Mash time/temperature, possible to pre-determine fermentability?

    G'day all, So we all know that a higher temperature results in a less fermentable wort, and we know that a longer mash results in a more fermentable wort, but is there any way to determine exactly what the effects will be? Some software out there? Or is it just trial/error? I normally brew...
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    Darwin - Woolworths bottleshop stocking Feral Brewing!

    Just a heads up for any other Darwin dwellers around, Woolies at Casuarina is stocking Feral Brewing beers! :D I'm not sure if the rest of the country is following suit, but it's so damn good to have some great beers around for once! Treated myself to a 4 pack of "Hop Hog" for ~$18, not cheap...
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    "Caramel Munich 60L", "Caramel 60L" - experiences?

    Okay so, I bought a couple kilos of American Crystal 60 a while back, or what I thought was Crystal 60, but on closer inspection today it is labelled as "Caramel Munich 60L". That's what I get for not reading things properly. At first I thought maybe I had been sent UK Caramunich by mistake...
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    Buying "HopShot" in Australia?

    So I'm looking to make a recipe that calls for "HopShot": http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/hopshot.html I can't find anywhere in Australia that sells it. I've been told that "isomerised hop extract" is the same thing? I've seen a few places selling that, but it seems to be like "no name"...
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    Kegging hoppy beers - driving me insane

    Seriously, feel like tearing my hair out, and judging by Google I'm not the only one. I know for a fact it's possible to properly keg hoppy beers - professional breweries can do it, and pubs can serve it, so what is the missing link? I can go to a pub and get a hoppy IPA poured for me, so why...
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    Build/buy a wooden grain mill base "For Dummies"?

    Okay so, as somebody who has never so much as nailed two bits of wood together, where would I start learning how to make my own grain mill base? Or, even easier, buy one? I have a "Malt Muncher" mill with a power drill I use to turn it, that I've just sort of been balancing over a bucket with a...
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    Sanitising/cleaning 0.5 micron stainless air stone?

    Okay so, first of all, yes, I did Google it. ;) The Internet has failed me. There seems to be a huge amount of conflicting information on the subject. "Soak it in sanitiser." - "Don't soak an airstone, it will clog!" "Boil it for 15 minutes." - "Boiling it won't sanitise it, you will die!"...
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    Pitching specific weight of dry yeast >11.5g <23.0g?

    I'm planning on making a beer, OG ~1.073, 22 litres. MrMalty says I should use 15g of dry yeast (assuming 100% viability). Normally I'd just chuck in a 11.5g packet and hope for the best, but 15g is a fair amount over 11.5g and I doubt it's literally 100% viable (been refrigerated since day 1...
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    Swiss Voile brew bags - anywhere you can buy them?

    So I bought a random brew bag from eBay and it's bloody hopeless. I could walk through the material, let alone hops/grains. Looks like these Swiss Voile things are a bloody needle in a haystack. Everybody on Google raves about how great they are but nobody seems to know where you can get them...
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    Extract brew almost completely tasteless?

    Okay so, bit of an odd situation I've run up against. I've recently been making extract brews in my Birko urn, that is, starting with a base of unhopped dry malt and working my way up from there. So far, relatively good, I guess. However, I still have a few Coopers tins lying around and since I...
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    Anybody in AU selling those mini oxygen regulators for disposable tank

    I've seen a few Aussie retailers advertise oxygen aeration kits but the ones I can find are out of stock. Maybe somebody accidentally bought two and doesn't want their second one? :P I can get them from America but I don't want to wait weeks for delivery and I'd rather not pay $50 shipping for...
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    Drill for grain mill - torque requirements?

    G'day all, So I tried my grain mill out for the first time on the weekend and discovered two things in about 2 minutes: ... 1) I gave up on hand cranking after 30 seconds 2) The dodgy 12V Chinese drill I've been using for other purposes doesn't have anywhere near the grunt required to crush...
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    Electric urn brewers (/other?) - how do you filter pellet hops from wo

    Bit of a rant here. So I did my first full volume boil extract beer in my new 40L Birko urn last night. Everything went as planned, had no problems with reaching a rolling boil (although it took about 20 - 30 minutes to reach a boil), no problem with a "boil dry" switch or something like that...
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    How many brewers from Darwin do we have here?

    I can't be the only one. There must be a few hiding somewhere around the shop. The more I look into the cost of freight the more I am thinking about just shipping a whole pallet of grain from down south. I dunno how long unmilled grain lasts in tropical conditions but I don't think I'd use an...
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