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  1. wbosher

    All SS vs Corny keg - any real difference?

    Hi guys, I'm look it getting my first keg in a couple of months so doing a research now on what's available and prices etc... On a few NZ sites I've come across these type, rather than the more well used Corny keg. The cost and dimensions are pretty much the same (well, slightly more...
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    Stepping up

    Hi guys, I'm about to get serious about using/re-using liquid yeast very soon. I've experimented with harvesting and washing US-05 from the fermenter (thanks Wolfy :)) and re-using it, and that was quite successful. My current brew is MJ Burton Union, which I plan to wash and re-use as an...
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    Excellent (IMHO) Youtube video series on AG brewing

    I've just stumbled upon this tutorial series on AG brewing, and from what I've seen so far, it's very good. I've only watched episodes 2 and 3 (EP1 was just an intro), but it's very interesting so far. Not much use for experienced brewers, but for AG newbies I'd say worth a look. The ones I've...
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    English Best Bitter

    Hi guys, My old man is a pom, but been living in NZ for about 45 years. Untill his parents both passed away, he used go go back home every few years to visit. He said he bloody hated the place except for one thing, his beloved English Best Bitter. I would love to make him an authentic EBB for...
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    Leftover yeast from kits

    What do you guys do with leftover yeast from kits, if you use a different yeast? Just curious as I now have a couple of 5g kit yeasts sitting in the fridge, and wondering if it can be used for anything.
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    Green bullet hop combination?

    I've been given some Green bullet hop pellets, which according to some reading I've done, has a Styrian-like flavour but perhaps a little more fruity. It's high alpha so was thinking about using it for bittering, but I also understand that it is quite nice late in the boil also, once again only...
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    Nice simple kit beer, trying to build up stock

    Hi guys, I seem to be drinking my AG beer faster that I can make it at the moment, and need to try to build up a few months stock. My problem is the time required to do an AG brew, I can only do one of these about once a month due to wife and kids wanting my undivided attention. I plan to...
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    Found a web site...

    Really??? Well yes I did, I found a web site. :lol: Anyway, saw this advertised on TV last night so jumped online to take a look. Nothing revolutionary here, but interesting nonetheless. Gives a brief description of a beer (and beer types) and foods to match. Might be worth a look for some of...
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    Crap sense of smell

    Hi guys, Just wondering how many out there can’t smell, or at least have a very poor sense of smell. Have you found anything that helps? I keep meaning to go to the doctor, but I just never get the time. I have never been able to smell for as far back as I can remember, and it really has never...
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    Best brewday ever, dissappointing result

    I've just completed my best brew day to date, ran like clockwork with absolutely no problems at all. I loved every minute of it. That is until I did the pre-boil gravity test...very low. Beersmith estimated 1.035, I got 1.028. The grains came crushed from the LHBS and looked a little underdone...
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    STC-1000 for mashing?

    I've just dropped my glass thermometer, and just wondering if the plastic probe on the STC-1000 will stand up to temps of up to 78 degrees. Also it will be a hell of a lot easier as I won't have to hold the thing while stirring. I realise there are plenty of other options, but as I already have...
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    Low alcohol full flavour beer

    Hi guys, Been doing a bit of research on this subject for a little while and have come up with this recipe for a good session beer. Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions or criticisms. Not sure about the mash, I figure 70 is a good temp to keep the alc down, but not sure...
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    Subbing 60min Challenger hops for Pacific Gem

    I've just finished off 20L of Dr Smurto's English IPA (with help from family/friends), it was lovely.I want to scale this up to 25L, it went too bloody quickly! Beersmith now says I need about 55g of Challenger @60 mins for bittering. I have some high AA Pacific Gem laying around, would I be...
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    Skanky Red, what do you think?

    Hi guys, I stumbled upon this recipe which I might try out next. Can you please take a look and let me know what you think, or if anyone may have actually made this before and liked it. I made two small changes - the original recipe had Cararye, I substituted with Rye malt because I can't get...
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    Aaaargh...possible disaster

    Just put on another brew, everything went perfectly except one thing. Just as I was syphoning the wort into the fermenter, my wife came home with my 2yo son. He came into the garage to see what daddy was doing, as he's done plenty of times before. This time however he grabbed the syphon hose...
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    Cleaning new copper immersion chiller

    I've recently aquired a new copper immersion chiller. I've been reading some posts where people say it should be cleaned before the first use to remove oxidation, others say don't bother, just use water. Those that do clean, have recommend all sorts of solutions from distilled white vinegar to...
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    Can someone please critique this recipe?

    Hi guys, I’ve found a recipe on the net and have modified it slightly. I added a little more pale malt to up the gravity a little, removed the wheat (there was bugger all there anyway), and upped the hops a little to increase IBU slightly. Everything is pretty much in the middle of the range...
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    My First Beersmith Design

    I had a Macs Sassy Red tonight, several in fact, for the first time and really like it. I set upon trying to find a special bitter recipe, but there are just sooo damn many of them, I thought I'd try to create one myself in Beersmith. The one I've come up with is based on some of the ones that...
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    First Infection Suspected

    Well, it's finally happened, happens to everyone at some stage I guess. To be honest I'm not surprised, this was a less than perfect brew from start to finish. I went into the garage on Saturday and noticed that the top of the box with half my bottles in it was open (I think my son may have...
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    Not Another Chill/no Chiill Post...

    Hi guys I have done a lot of reading on this site re the chill/no chill debate, and obviously there are some differing opinions and some quite fiery debates (putting it mildly ;)) I like chilling as it just seems easier to me than mucking around changing hop additions, and messing...
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