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  1. GalBrew

    Clever Brewing

    Well that's disappointing, there were certain things one could only get from Clever Brewing. A real shame to shut down.
  2. GalBrew

    Apple Cider _ HARD

    Lockdown is very boring, at least I have beer to brew. Hopefully we all get set free soon, at least the kids go back to school! I've seen the cordial but have never tried it out, I just ended up using the same juice to bring the ABV down to about 4.5% and it works out to a nice flavour.
  3. GalBrew

    Apple Cider _ HARD

    Stabilising is adding Potassium metabisulfite (K-MET) and potassium sorbate to your cider to prevent any refermentation from the new sugar source added. I recommend reading up on this as it can be tricky. K-MET additions are pH dependent and sorbate additions are ABV depenent.
  4. GalBrew

    Apple Cider _ HARD

    People have been fermenting supermarket apple juice for ages, It will be fine. I have used saf cider yeast with Aldi apple juice many times. It will ferment totally dry (around 0.996 FG) and not taste of very much. If you backsweeten with the same apple juice that you fermented (after...
  5. GalBrew

    Apple Cider _ HARD

    All you need to make apple cider is apple juice. The issue that you haze is that it always will ferment completely dry and will not be what you are after taste-wise. As mentioned above you will need to ‘back-sweeten’ apple cider to make it more palatable, the problem with that is any sugar...
  6. GalBrew

    Star San V Chlorine

    Agree, there are always ifs and buts with everything in life. Back in my lab days, bleach was a very common sight in the tissue culture labs, it's very effective but nearly everything in those labs are disposable so no need to worry about equipment damage or seepage into plastics. For me though...
  7. GalBrew

    Star San V Chlorine

    If you are going to use Starsan for some of your sanitising it makes zero sense to persist with chlorine for plastics. One day you will post on here wondering what the medicinal/band-aid off flavour in your beer is. Save yourself the trouble and ditch the chlorine. As Mark said it will penetrate...
  8. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    No, didn’t do a conversion test. 🤔
  9. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    Well, now that you mention it I did use Brewtan B and CaCl. That being said I always use those things and have used the same bag of rice hulls on many occasions and never has the break come out purple. I wonder what exactly changed this time around?
  10. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    Typing with them right now! 😂
  11. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    The purple hot break was all before I added any hops as I only did late additions with this beer. Unfortunately I didn’t take a pH reading. You can see on the pics below the post boil trub looks normal, but you can see the purplish break ring just under the 30L mark on the Grainfather.
  12. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    Thanks, it’s good to know you are still alive to tell the tale! 😂 Like you, it wasn’t super purple, but more purple than you would expect. 🤔
  13. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    The rice hulls are quite old (a bag lasts a long time apparently). I suspected the hulls, but I used them a month ago and no purple. It’s really weird, I’ll give that a go though.
  14. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    The grain bill was as follows: Gladfield Light Lager Weyermann Munich I Best Acidulated Rice Hulls All I’ve used before and never seen any purple??
  15. GalBrew

    Purple hot break

    Ok, this is a new one for me after a decade of brewing so I thought I’d put it out to the brains trust for opinions. I’m brewing a fairly simple Kolsch style beer and as it has reached the boil the hot break has formed on top (normal I hear you say). The odd thing is that it is a distinct tinge...
  16. GalBrew

    I can't bleach it's not StarSan

    The worst aspect of bleach is that if you don't rinse it completely off it will ruin your beer, flavour wise. Also there is Saniclean for those of you who want a low foam version of StarSan.
  17. GalBrew

    I can't bleach it's not StarSan

    Arguing over the merits of StarSan makes me feel like it's 2010 again.😂
  18. GalBrew

    I can't bleach it's not StarSan

    I make up 10L of Starsan and reuse it for at least 6 months. The pH has never drifted above 3.5 in this time and works fine. Its as cheap as chips, don't know why you would risk ruining a batch of beer by using bleach.
  19. GalBrew

    NEIPA do's and don'ts

    That is a bit over the top. There would be a lot of wastage with this, considering you are getting diminishing returns over 8g/l according to research by Tom Shellhammer.
  20. GalBrew

    NEIPA do's and don'ts

    This is good advice in general.
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