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Hey guys at the suggestion of simpletotoro I am going to do a morgan's golden sheaf wheat beer in the next few days.

Ingredients i have purchased include:

Morgans golden sheaf wheat beer can
600g dex 400g maltodex
Brewiser finishing hops brew bag (hallertau)
Safale K-97 yeast.
and about 200g of light dry malt leftover from a previous brew


Comeon guys help me do a successful brew!!
This has probably been covered but first up: that's a fine selection of ingredients to go with that kit. k97 will also do best fermented warmer, like 21, rather than cooler as is usually the case, in my book at least. It's the only way to get something approaching wheat beer flavours out of it.
Edit: I strain into the fermenter, especially as I don't use a grain or hop bag of any sort most of the time...

Regarding bleach: This is a perfectly good sanitizer. I use it all the time. There are two main points.
Don't leave the solution sitting in your fermenters or equipment for too long. More than a day is not really good.
The solution is quite weak. I use a capful (depending on the cap. They don't seem to be a standard size) in about 20L of water. I make up a solution every now and again after bottling or racking and then fill three large bottles with the leftovers. I use ordinary cheap bleach.
Laurie Strachan's guide to homebrewing, an excellent book for starting out, details the use of this method.

I believe it isn't great if you are using stainless steel either but that's not an issue for me...

I have never had any problem with off flavours, at least bleach related, or infection.
 

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The recipe looks fine.

I use generic napisan to clean stubborn bits off my gear. Just be sure to rinse well. I also use iodophor to santise my stuff before brewing.

Here's what I would do:
Soak the kit in hot water for 5 minutes to soften the malt extract.

In a small pot get a couple of litres of water to the boil. Throw in the 200g malt extract with your halertau hops and boil up for 10 minutes.

Take off the heat and use that hot water to mix in your kit in the fermenter. Just leave the hops in the water, it won't do any harm.

Add the rest of your sugars, mix in.

Add the amount of water you need to get to your desired volume. Conversely add water until you reach your desired OG.

I've made a very similar recipe numerous times for a friend. Morgans Wheat is his standard brew here at my place. With the K-97 you will have a really nice beer.

relax...
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I'm getting excited !!

I've got my mate coming over to give me a hand on sunday too. Think I'll have a few beers, put some music on and make us some beer!
 

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I'm getting excited !!

I've got my mate coming over to give me a hand on sunday too. Think I'll have a few beers, put some music on and make us some beer!
I find that if you put on some "30 seconds to mars", "Hinder", "Fall out boy", & Panic at the disco makes great brewing and great socialising :D
 
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wtf I'm not gonna listen to that emo crap. If i played that to my mate he would probably kill me... or i would slit my wrists...
 
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No, punk fan. You, Sir Emo, are my mortal enemy.

Oh and I'm from the shire also and you are a dragons supporter so we are going to have to dual to the death now. No seriously.
 

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No, punk fan. You, Sir Emo, are my mortal enemy.

Oh and I'm from the shire also and you are a dragons supporter so we are going to have to dual to the death now. No seriously.
The shire? Is'nt that the gummy sharks? oh yer I am more into rap bro but punk is just what i listen to when my bro's drink with me, family and friends we listen to matchbox twenty, meat loaf, so what's your music? You not taken this to offence are you bro? it's all fun n games, no hard feelins king of the shire, I am pullin your leg bro :lol: :beer: cheers
 

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Beer ................... bringing people together

Is there nothing it cannot do?

Cheers
 
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Just taking the piss. My favourite bands of all time are Operation Ivy, Mad Caddies, Misfits, Descendents, hot snakes and Led Zeppelin.

Dunno if you've heard any of them but they're all awesome!
 

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Hi there,
Try using 1kg of dried wheat malt instead of the dex and maltodex.
That way you still get a good head and better flavour.
Cheers.

Edit: use the light dry malt to prime
 
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Okay I'm currently making the brew with the ingredients i listed at the start but my hop bag broke open while I am boiling it for 10 minutes... That doesn't really matter, yeah?

Smells good so far!
 

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She be sweet, it'll just taste chunky :-D

As long as you leave it settle plenty before bottling/kegging it be good !
 
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Will it really turn out chunky?

Okay it's done and in the fermenter, had a bit of a blunder and started filling up the fermenter while the tap was open so the kitchen floor got wort all over it. That happened to anyone else? :(

I think this one will turn out good!
 

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I'm sure that you and I are not the only two brewers to get wort all over the floor ;) - I have only done it once though - SWMBO was not impressed!! :D

cheers,

microbe
 

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You're not a real brewer until you've spilt wort on the floor :D

It'll look chunky at the moment with all the bits of hop pellet floating around in it, but as long as you give it time to settle before bottling...ie don't pick the fermentor up walk with it to your bottling area and start bottling straight away, she be sweet.
 
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Hey guys my brew has been in the fermenter for 2 weeks now and it has stopped bubbling vigorously but it is still bubbling slowly. Is it safe to bottle? I will get a hydrometer reading later today.
 

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Hey guys my brew has been in the fermenter for 2 weeks now and it has stopped bubbling vigorously but it is still bubbling slowly. Is it safe to bottle? I will get a hydrometer reading later today.
Noooooooooooo
If it's still bubbling at all, don't bottle.

Wait until all physical signs of fermentation have finished, then take a gravity reading. Then take one the next day and if they are the same, you can think about bottling. I normally wait another day to double check that it's finished.

If you bottle with fermentables still in your brew, added to the priming sugar, you can have bottle bombs. Or at the very least overcarbed beer.

I know it's hard, especially if the hydrometer readings taste good but relax!
 

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remember, airlock activity isnt the be all and end all of ferment indicators.. get that FG, if its at or below 1014-ish for 3 days in a row, youre right to bottle..
 
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I'm pretty sure my wort is still fermenting now, after 12 days so i took a hydrometer reading just then and it is 1008... Whats the deal with that?

Someone just said it should be around 1014 but mine is below that and still fermenting.

Any suggestions?

(I tasted it though and it tastes okay!) :)
 

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