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    Dry hopping cylinder

    Anybody tried using one of these ? I thought I'd give it a try, since I tend to re-use my yeast cake and while effective, loose dry hopping makes an awful mess of it. While the volume of the cylinder can easily accommodate a decent dosage of hops (i aim for 4 g/litre) when I tried it I found...
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    citric vs lactic acid equivalence for mashwater pH adjustment

    Most water calculators out there only seem to facilitate the use of liquid acids for pH adjustment but I only have access to solid citric so looking for confirmation that my conversion is accurate. I have had a play with Brun water which i find a bit user unfriendly and if I am right it would...
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    Mill wear ?

    Any crankandstein owners out there ? I've got the 3 roller version but recently noticed I am having trouble getting the first "bite" that gets all 3 rollers cranking. Instead only the drive roller turns. After a bit of fiddling by manually turning the second roller or reversing the drill...
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    Huge beers

    I've not attempted a seriously big AG beer before hence a general question for the experts, when making big beers ie 8% and above, should I use DME instead of a ton of additional grains to get to target OG ? Reason I ask is that my efficiency tends to suffer as my target OG rises (at least in...
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    S-189 Pitching Rate

    I've been having issues using Mr Malty's calculator for dry yeast pitching rate which would suggest that I need 4 x 11.5g of yeast to pitch into a 44 l batch of 1.050 OG Lager wort. The first batch is always estery and riddled with off flavours, but the subsequent batches which are made from the...
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    Is there any hope ?

    Found this in the back of my fridge. According to most yeast calculators, this one is dead. However, just for a laugh, I pitched it into a 1 litre starter today. Do you think I have any hope ?
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    S-189 finally being rolled out in 11.5g packs

    Been waiting for this for a long time. Lets see how long it takes for retailers in our nether region to stock up...
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    Steam IPA ?

    This is not something I read too much about though would seem a logical extension to the common "Steam Beer" or "Steam Ale". Has anybody given it a try ? Wondering about head retention as my experience with steam beers is that head retention resembles a lager (ie seems less than an ale)...
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    Pilsner / Lager mash schedule

    As opposed to my usual single step mash I thought I'd give a staged mash schedule a go. Came across this in my searches : http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter19-4.html which as we know is from the guru of all things homebrewed however the mash schedule looks like this: Rest...
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    Brulosophy

    I am sure alot of people here read up on the Brulosophy website and I am just curious what you think of their process experiments ? I've just glanced through the process variables they've analysed and amazed by the lack of statistically significant effect of most the variables they have looked...
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    dry hopping in a filter

    I am considering this unit to dry hop in my fermenter directly. In the past I have dry hopped simply by adding pellets into the fermenter 5 days before racking, but I am unable to use the yeast cake afterward because of the spent hop sludge. Therefore I am wondering if this device will allow me...
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    Red Ale - what do you think

    Howdy Tasted a red Ale by Thornbridge the other day and it ticked a lot of boxes and thought I'd give something similar a whirl but using more aromatic hops to try and give it a bit more nose. What you reckon on this recipe ? Amt Name Type # %/IBU...
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    Consistent problem with FIRST batch - Lager Yeast

    This problem really buggering me and appreciate some input. I've been making 5 litre starters from 2 x Wyeast smack packs (using 2042 Danish). I do this by adding 500g of DME with a 1/2 tsp of wyeast nutrient to a bit more than 5 litres of water and boiling for 10 minutes or so, cooling, then...
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    Liquid Post Gas Leak... how

    Have a minor gas leak on my liquid post, this after 5 minutes at 30 psi with soapy water, small, but enough to waste CO2... Changed head and o ring under liquid out tube seating. Any suggestions other than replacing the whole keg ?
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    Putting things in perspective

    Mindblowing video to put us in the perspective of things... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU&x-yt-cl=84359240&x-yt-ts=1421782837 Have you seen the largest picture ever taken? For the record, it's a mammoth 1.5 billion pixel image (69, 536 x 22, 230) and requires about 4.3 GB disk...
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    Bitterness aint bitterness sol.....

    Visited my local craft brewery last week and was chatting to the head brewer about hops in general... to cut to the chase I was a bit surprised when he told me that to bitter a beer with anything other that the lowest cost AA% by weight hop was a waste because at 60+ mins boiling everything...
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    Is my beer going to be fooked ?

    I tried a 5 litre yeast starter with 2 x one year old packs of Danish Lager which seemed to yield a healthy crop after 5 days. On brewday and ready to pitch, I cracked open the bottle and noticed a slight phenolic smell in the lid and airspace, but when tasting the liquid above the yeast I...
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    Attempt at Australian IPA Recipe

    Guys, trying to get an IPA together of real Aussie character, if there is such a thing. Going for around 60 IBU and 6.5% ABV with a serious aroma punch. How'd you reckon this would go ? Type: All Grain Batch Size: 45.00 l Boil Size: 53.88 l Boil Time: 60 min End of Boil Vol: 48.88 l Final...
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    That Homebrew taste..

    had this old off flavour taste experience rear its head in my most recent brew and I am trying to pinpoint the cause though my no 1 candidate is that I am using old grain... more than one year stored in the tropics. I'd not brewed for a year while shifting and building a new house and was not...
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    Beersmith Recalculation button

    I am giving this software a go on trial, but running into some frustrations on the interface. When I change something, ie "Tot Efficiency" there is no change to "Est Mash Efficiency" when I hit enter Or, if I change units from SI to Imperial or American, the recipe box units change but all...
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