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  2. MitchellScott

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    You can definitely use trial and error but why screw around when smart people have made calculators to give you near perfect figures to achieve what you want Depending on your target volumes of C02, your regulator pressure will increase or decrease. This in turn, will mean your line length will need to go longer/shorter. For example, if you want your beer at 2.2 vols of C02, then your reg pressure (if the fridge is at 3C) should be 7.8PSI. This in turn, means if you have 5mm ID liquid line, your beer line only needs to be about 2.5m long. Whereas, if you are wanting 2.6 vol of C02 (which means your reg must be around 12PSI), you will need about 4m of beer line to add the extra resistance necessary. Otherwise, your pour will be too fast and you'll get a cup full of head. Because different styles of beer should have different carb levels, this method doesn't work perfectly. I just use 2.6 vol of C02 across the board as I generally drink Ales of some sort, and I am happy to carb all my beers at that level. Mitch.
  3. The photo might not show it but they don’t look crushed to me - they look they’ve gotten wet - I would’ve thought they would lose some of their effectiveness if they had been wet then dried out - which is how they look to me... But if the general consensus is that they’ll be fine then I’ll just use them. @PB2 - would be interested to hear your thoughts?
  4. Beer Baron

    Flat Beer Glasses

    This time of the year at my house it’s takes about 45-60 seconds to get my water running hot
  5. Beer Baron

    What quick disconnects to buy?

    Now that is being organised!!! I barely write anything down now. I’m just too lazy
  6. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Righto ... by balanced you mean correct pressure for the length of delivery hose ... would not trial and error when one 1st set up also achieve that or is the volumes of CO2 in the brew the key to balanced ... I will read those links as well ...
  7. MitchellScott

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    It is certainly the best way to do it. But if your system isn't balanced, you may overcarb/undercarb your beer when storing it at your serving pressure. Use this calculator to determine your regulator pressure needed to achieve your Vol of C02: https://www.brewersfriend.com/keg-carbonation-calculator/ Then, use this one to determine the amount of line needed to restrict the flow: http://www.mikesoltys.com/2012/09/17/determining-proper-hose-length-for-your-kegerator/ For example, for 2.60 volumes of C02 in my system, my reg must be set to 12PSI and then as I use 5mm ID liquid tubing, I should have approx 4m of beer line. This should result in a balanced system where you shouldn't ever need to touch the reg (unless force carbing quickly). If you have any questions feel free to ask
  8. MartyG1525230263

    fermenting times

    That recipe has a ABV of 6.6% .... 46 point of movement on the Hydrometer is close to 6% so if you had the OG you could calculate the FG within a point or 2 ...
  9. MitchellScott

    What quick disconnects to buy?

    Thanks for the help guys. The CMB disconnects came last Friday and I installed them last night, they seem to be a much nicer fit and I no longer have the leak when pushing on the disconnect. I also grabbed some lube from my LHBS and put a light smear on the o-ring. Cheers :).
  10. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    That sounds like the best idea to me .... find your best serving pressure and stick to it ...
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  12. No reason to, that's what the pellets turn out like once you put them into a fermenter/boil. Still going to give the same end product
  13. RepSpec

    Todays tastings

    Had this last night while out for dinner at "Vue de monde" for my wife's 30th... Great Saison, true to the style that I have had...however at their prices...$18ea I kept it at 1 Any phone nerds out there, this was taken with a Google pixel 3xl using night sight. Night photo, no flash!
  14. BlackSands

    SMOTY Ale

    I think you'll find one carb drop in 640ml is way under carb'd. An alternative would be to use a measured teaspoon of sugar or a single sugar cube (4.5g).
  15. EWildcat7

    fermenting times

    1.017 on Saturday; 1.013 on Monday. I am going to take another reading tonight (Tuesday) I followed the Bilby Chocolate Porter recipe, so the ingredients were: - 1.3 Kg Mr. Beer Winter Dark Ale - Mr. Beer unhopped malt extract - smooth - 100 g midnight wheat grains - 1 tbsp cocoa powder - lallemand nottingham yeast
  16. Hairy

    Digiboil

    I use a Grainfather which is 30 litres and make 23 litre batches. It helps that you can sit the basket on top to sparge. I will mash 5kg of grain in 17-18 litres of water and the rest of the water is from the sparge (approx. 16 litres)
  17. Otto Von Blotto

    Digiboil

    Me too, that's why I don't brew small batch AG. Not enough wort for the amount of time and effort involved for me. But each to their own. I understand it from a variety of styles viewpoint but if you're like me and don't regularly drink 30 million different styles then it's a moot point.
  18. I've had hops that looked similar to that before, although not that crushed up. I thought it was caused by how much they vacuum sealed the container. Hard to be sure though. The coppers support are brilliant so I'm sure if you shoot them an email they will help out.
  19. Otto Von Blotto

    fermenting times

    Cool. What was the second SG reading? Also, what are the ingredients and batch volume? Could probably estimate the FG based off that info
  20. Worthog

    Digiboil

    I mash my 38L pot to the brim with 4.5kg grain. After mash out I sparge the bag with 3L. That just gets me yield of 23L of wort leaving some break in the cube. Final ABV bottled approx 4.3% I would prefer a 40L Crown Urn and no sparge. Cheers
  21. EWildcat7

    fermenting times

    yep, I bumped it up to 22 on Sunday when I took the first reading
  22. Old Hippy

    Flat Beer Glasses

    Blast under the hot water tap for about 30 seconds, drain, then into the fridge. Works for me.
  23. Hairy

    Digiboil

    It is plenty big enough for a 23 litre batch. You just need to be innovative with your sparge and you can have 28 litres pre boil. It isn’t big enough to 23 litres with no sparge though.
  24. Otto Von Blotto

    My first AG brew

    I don't use yeast nutrient. An all malt wort should already have enough by itself. Agree on the IBUs thing. I made an IPA in the 60s IBUs area but not enough of those came from the early addition. As a result the beer didn't have the bitey, firm bitterness I was aiming for.
  25. Worthog

    Digiboil

    I just prefer volume output for my work input. Cheers
  26. Ben 10

    What's in your BBQ 2019?

    I used a bad word.
  27. Len

    SMOTY Ale

    Hi guys bottling one of these soon- is this a style where I can use a little less priming sugar ie 1 carb drop per 640ml bottle or should this be quite carbonated? Just have some spare carb drops lying around I want to use up and don't want to cut them up to suit the 640ml bottles.
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