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  2. Beerlust

    recovery hops....

    Hi WorryWort. Apparently you do stray. There's no need to "name & shame" but a link to the original "actual recipe" would be helpful here to find out why the brew isn't tasting as it should. Until I see the original recipe as listed by whomever you purchased it from, I only have suspicions & can't really offer anything helpful. Cheers, Lusty.
  3. Otto Von Blotto

    Temp control....gizmos and gadgets.

    Unless you are lagering the beer for a period of time I don't think there is any real benefit to racking the beer. I would also cold crash it for at least a few days. Normally I do a week unless I get lazy, then it's longer. It will take at least 24 hours just to drop in temp.
  4. Hoppy81

    Amatuer brewing advice

    Yeah i'm impatient
  5. Otto Von Blotto

    Amatuer brewing advice

    Yuck I usually spin the hydrometer a few times then let it sit there and do something else for a bit while the foam settles, and come back to take the reading.
  6. Otto Von Blotto

    Pimping Coopers ROTM

    I guess the other option would be to make up a separate extract boil for that addition, but of course that'd be a lot more mucking around having to do two boils and then cool them down...
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  8. Hoppy81

    Amatuer brewing advice

    I just inhale/suck the bubbles out haha
  9. supernerdy

    Todays tastings

    My precious...
  10. Beerlust

    Pimping Coopers ROTM

    Yeah I'm contemplating doing the short boil version as a full extract brew because of this. Even though I only do partials, even I like to boil them for 45-60mins minimum. Because of the steeping temp into the boil for the FWH I won't be able to do that with a short 30min boil. Maybe I've just discovered another extract advantage? Cheers, Lusty.
  11. Aussiekraut

    Hopping Hefeweizen

    One of my next batches will be an "Erdinger" wheat beer clone. The kit based recipe is asking for Hallertau finishing hops.
  12. porschemad911

    RDWHAHB - WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING IN 2019?

    I tried one of my 330ml bottles of English IPA. This was a partial mash batch with tons of EKG crammed in. 8% abv, big bitterness, hop flavour and hop aroma. My beers all seem to be very pleasant to drink, enjoyable even. I wanted to make something a little more challenging to the palate with this batch. It is closer to achieving that, but I still really enjoyed it. I like the really solid, lingering bitterness and intensity of the hops. Cheers, John
  13. Beerlust

    Hopping Hefeweizen

    I've only done a couple of brews with it back in June/July 2017. Neither were a wheat. There wasn't a huge amount of info around the place on it then. There has been much more experimentation both commercially & in home brewing circles since. When I brewed with it, I noted it was similar to both Cascade & Hallertau. Sure enough, a check of it's genealogy & it is a daughter of Cascade, Hallertau Blanc, & Hüll Melon. American Wheat's are a very popular choice for this hop. The combo should make for a lovely beer. Cheers & good brewing, Lusty.
  14. James of Bayswater

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    Yeah, its just the way it is worded. If the additives and the source of the bitterness were the same I'd expect them to have said there are better alternatives which contain additives that deliver bitterness... but I could be reading to much into it.
  15. BlackSands

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    This almost suggests that Saunders, being free of additives is more 'pure' than brewing extracts! I'm thinking what they are really referring to is hopped extracts - i.e. beer kits, where the 'additives' referred to are in fact hops....?
  16. Ally1525230277

    Temp control....gizmos and gadgets.

    Thanks for that. The flask sounds good, haven’t come across that one before. i also am going to start to rack and believe this is done at the end of fermentation. Was also gong to cold crash at this point for 24-48 hours prior to bottling and conditioning. Lots of info on this as to when, length of time etc, so I will be giving this a trial
  17. worry wort

    recovery hops....

    oh, thanks for the clarification OVB, I thought it stood for brew in a bag lol. yep, have noticed the samplers in the past to be more bitter than the drinking brew at 3 or so weeks, but this is very, very bitter. But, being an aussie male, ill drink what I make
  18. James of Bayswater

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    Thanks for your email and interest in Saunders Malt. The process of malt extraction for Saunders Malt is similar to brewing malts, however the type of malt that is used is a little different. Saunders Malt contains no additives it’s 100% malted barley extract. Saunders Malt as you are aware is focused in the food / food production space. We have heard of Customers using it for brewing, for use in brewing however there are better alternatives which contain additives and also deliver bitterness which work better in brewing. Thanks again for your feedback. Kind Regards The Saunders Team That is good enough for me. I probably wont bother with the side by side test now but Saunders is definitely going in the 1978 Ale because that is what we would have used. It is interesting that Saunders says the brewing extract contains additives (probably the Maltose discussed earlier) whereas the Saunders contains no additives. The 'different type of malt' is probably the screened grain that doesn't meet the brewers requirements. That said I want to make it clear that Saunders is not Maltexo and Blacksands recommendation of the latter is also good enough for me. I must get my hands on some.
  19. Otto Von Blotto

    Temp control....gizmos and gadgets.

    I haven't used a thermowell, haven't felt the need to. In terms of how to program the inkbird though, it would be the same as the probe taped to the fermenter. I have little experience with heating as I rarely need it. All I ever do when I need heat is fill an Erlenmeyer flask with water, boil it and stick it in there (covered). My fridge is set to its coldest setting. Doesn't make any difference at fermentation temp but does allow a colder cold crash.
  20. Ally1525230277

    Temp control....gizmos and gadgets.

    I’m in the process of converting old fridge to fermenter. Got the inkbird, also a thermowell to sit in the brew, have you or anyone used one of these? Also to heat I bought a thermo wrap, just wondering if best to wrap round the fermenter or tape to fridge inside where the fermenter will sit. Lots of discussions and different heating methods on the internet regarding this. as to the fridge, as I am not hard wiring the internal thermostat and just letting the inkbird take control, do I set the fridge dial to the min or max setting?
  21. Spudley

    What's in your BBQ 2019?

    Worked really well , flavour not as intense as Hickory, The only bad thing about the cut it had a lot of fat being a farm slaughtered animal, to well looked after went down a treat just the same
  22. Aussiekraut

    Temp control....gizmos and gadgets.

    Nah, big OS holiday coming up first I'm afraid Cheers
  23. MitchellScott

    Shark Attack XPA

    Sounds nice! I am just getting into hopping my brews so think I might leave the recipe normal for the first batch and see how I find it. Then if I feel like it could be more hoppy I can go 50% more for the next brew :). My lager has a week or so left cold crashing then I think I will start this recipe.
  24. Otto Von Blotto

    recovery hops....

    You may find the beers aren't as bitter if you pair the kits with malt extract instead of dextrose and maltodextrin, neither of which do anything to actually counter bitterness like malt does. Dextrose ferments out to nothing but alcohol, maltodextrin gives body but no real flavour and no sweetness. It's just a straight swap, instead of 1kg dextrose (or your blend), simply add 1kg light dry malt, or you can make a blend with the malt and dextrose. +1 to FG samples usually tasting more bitter than the finished product too. By the way, BIAB is mashing grains in a bag then boiling the wort afterwards, not using a kit that comes in a pouch instead of a tin.
  25. NewBrews

    Shark Attack XPA

    Hey there @Haveduck. Did the Shark Attack XPA a few weeks ago and am drinking it now. Came out very nice, but I’d probably add about 50% more to the three hops next time I brew it. But a damn good beer, very tasty and easy drinking but could do with a bit more bite. Damn, I’m starting to sound like a hop head!
  26. Ally1525230277

    Bavarian pearl

    Hi, im looking to make the coopers recipe Bavarian pearl. I have sourced the yeast and hops for this. can anyone advise me on an alternative to the mr beer 850g Bavarian weissbier, I cannot get this. Also, the recipe uses mr beer unhopped malt extract-golden. I can get this. Or is any brand of the same suitable. My understanding of the Bavarian weissbier is that it is a hopped malt extract also? thanks for any advice.
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