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  1. Vic

    How To Take Care Of Your Hops

    I grow Chinook and something similar to Cascade in NE Victoria High Country. Pick late April when they go brown. Used only in Whirlpool @ 80C for 30 minutes. Beer is sensational.
  2. Vic

    Choc/ Coffee Oatmeal Stout

  3. Vic

    Choc/ Coffee Oatmeal Stout

    I’ve been using cacao nibs soaked in vodka for 24hrs. Brings a distinct chocolate character to a stout. You could also add a vanilla been or two but soak in vodka to sterilise.
  4. Vic

    Gas Guyz Ultimate Gas Bundle Giveaway!

    6KG for the eight tap dispensary and 2.6 as a portable works for me.
  5. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    If you decrease the voltage the current draw will also DECREASE as the resistance of the element remains relatively constant.
  6. Vic

    HERMS brewing process - Mash in and stiring

    If the heating surfaces (elements, copper pipes, side walls...) are too hot you can denature all the enzymes as the wort flows over the heating surface, ?? You got me confused, this is a HERMS system, wort should never flow over heating elements as it does on direct heat 1V, 3V and RIMS system...
  7. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    As it will be stored in the dark, I vote for Translucent. Not practical to weigh a keg while connected in a Kegerator or portable cooler. Much easier to see how much is left.
  8. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    Try straight StarSan or Phosphoric acid. Gets rid of beer stone.
  9. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    What sort of one way valve on the gas?
  10. Vic

    Little creatures all grain clone recipe

    This was the water profile as per BeerSmith for a "Hoppy Pale Ale" instead of adding to boil, second addition of salts can be added to sparge water.
  11. Vic

    Little creatures all grain clone recipe

    Try this one, very close to LCPA on tap. This one comes out at 4.7%. You could increase the grain to get it to 5.2% as per original LCPA.
  12. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    Yes it will make a difference. 4mm provides significantly more resistance than 5mm. You will need a longer 5mm line OR reduce flow by turning down the flow control disconnect. Another trick is to stretch the tube to reduce ID. See explanation and photos...
  13. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    Th That only applies to a moving liquid. When static, the pressure behind the tap will be the same as in the keg.
  14. Vic

    Advice needed for simple all-grain recipe

    Coopers Pale Ale Malt is Compass, it says so on the bag. IMO very similar to Voyager Compass.
  15. Vic

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    I have been using the screw driver method on 3 Fermzillars since they were released with no issues. Plastic carb cap is plenty strong enough. I suggest using a screw driver a wide blade. A chain saw spanner is ideal as it can also be used to tighten and loosen the carb caps.
  16. Vic

    Reculturing Coopers Yeast - Stepped starter?

    Probably no need for the step up. My current batch started at 1043 and finished at 1006 for 4.7%, a bit above the target of 4.5%. Culture made from 8 CPA stubbies dregs in a 4L starter decanted for a 52.5L batch. I am almost sure this yeast could ferment iron ore!
  17. Vic

    Reculturing Coopers Yeast - Stepped starter?

    H Have a look at the video on the Coopers website. This uses 6 bottles for a 600ml starter for a 23L batch. A 1L starter on a stir plate should give you enough. I use a 3.6L starter made from 6 bottles for a 42L batch and always get the correct attenuation and an ale indistinguishable from...
  18. Vic

    NEIPA do's and don'ts

    The asbestos brewing jacket. Where can I get one !!!???. Home brewing is brewing and LEARNING how to brew what you like. Asking for guidance is OK, guidence from someone who does not like that style and say's "don't" makes no sense. Do it and learn from your experience and hopefully enjoy...
  19. Vic

    Whats In The Glass

    For S&W Pacific Ale try slow ramp from 50C to 64 over about 20 min and hold 64.4 for 70 min. Mash out probably not necessary but I always do it, raise to 76C then sparge. Electricity much cheaper than LPG so that is the reason I always mash out. If you have any Voyager left, Pale Schooner or...
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