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  1. Thought I would start a tread re this bit of gear (58 L SS Kegmenter) just to document the pros / cons and how I will work around the challenges faced when using one of these big bad boys. I also purchased the pressure ferment lid with its floating dip tube and was a bit disappointed that this kit does not come with another 4" tri-clover EPDM beaded seal which would have been nice as a spare because I can see how easy it would be to misfit and crush the original one on the keg. Just going to have to be a little bit careful when re-fitting until I get another couple in my spares box. I also stuck some big yellow warning stickers on it to remind me to depressurize it before opening as I had a scare with my Fermzilla unit a while back. In that case I forgot that I had pumped it up to about 10 psi to push the cleaner through all the ball lock connectors and hoses and then left it like that for a few days. Come time to rinse it and just undid the screw on lid. Initially if did nothing but as I went to put my hand on one of the port the bloody thing popped off, up at me and scared the crap out of me. So lesson learned and some big stickers to remind me went on this new one.
    5 points
  2. It's all been pretty tough... hardly a beer left... here the last of the big fat Verdant IPA Hop Beast... and then the keg blew : (
    5 points
  3. A day later, order has been restored.
    5 points
  4. @Greeny1525229549 the Flanders - sorry for the shit picture is AMAZING Well um aromatic, initially maybe sweet - not because very dry - finishing rather tart. Wow.
    4 points
  5. Berliner, well good. Grass and hay ... dunno really, nice tartness...
    3 points
  6. Some Porker bellies doing a bit of Brine Time... some w a bit more sugar and some w some local honey as the adjunct to the Cure Mix...
    3 points
  7. Had to try the new Vintage Ale. Think I'll get a slab and try to age a few.
    3 points
  8. For all those keggers out there, and our new kegger @Aussiekraut Was just doing my weekly leak checks on my kegs and found one had a slight leak when I turned the gas on ( I leave it off when not in use or overnight ) ‘These o-rings on the posts wear down after a while from connecting/disconnecting, so guys keep a close eye on your keg post o-rings. I have a special o-ring hook kit in my toolbox being a tradie, but you can buy a cheapie from Bunnings for a few bucks. I bought this spares kit from KL, it’s worth the $25 because it’s better than blowing a 6 kg or 2.6 kg CO2 cylinder, and I’ve used it a few times. ‘Hope this helps guys, cheers RD44
    3 points
  9. I thought lagers weren’t my thing but these ag Pilsners have changed my thinking after being in the keg for over two months it’s delightfully refreshing with a nice noble hop aroma. You can’t beat fresh home brewed beer in my opinion.
    2 points
  10. zen and the art of keg maintenance
    2 points
  11. Want to get close to Newcastle Brown? Add the kit to 23 litres of Yarra river water.
    2 points
  12. Porter Collie by kennel brewery. Absolutely delicious roast flavours. The Ram stout by karoo breweries. 6%
    2 points
  13. I have not got that far yet. I guess I'll get the BOC truck to back up to the front door and fill via one of the gas disconnects.
    2 points
  14. Jack black Cape pale ale 4%. One of my favs And Alesatian IPA by kennel brewery. Real awesome microbrewery in my local area. Some interesting beers.
    2 points
  15. Will have an eardrum binge on these boys tonight.
    2 points
  16. That’s so awesome hope it works out There were some 5 litre demijohns on gumtree cheap, wish I had bought them now to try something like this looks
    2 points
  17. I hate that - running the gauntlet I mean, with a keg about to blow that has been a great brew!
    2 points
  18. my crack at a hazy kit, kilo and partial with verdant yeast, maris otter and galaxy hops and a cooper's lager and brew enhancer 2 base. really happy with how this has turned out too
    2 points
  19. Last bottle of the ROTM AUS IPA ( still have 15 x PET's ) just a nice size to finish off with or get extremely stuck in to
    2 points
  20. The day is coming that instead of a cask of brandy around its neck the St Bernard will come to the rescue with biscotti and a frappe.
    2 points
  21. Hard to say as the lambic was a while ago, but initial tastes of this are very promising, it's a stella package, really keen to see how the next one or two go
    1 point
  22. Brewing up a Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria pale ale tonight. Have been wanting to try these two together for ages now. Pale ale malt with a touch of carahell and munich to finish off some bags of grain. Using both early for bittering and then 30 of each at flameout. Hopefully fairly light and easy drinking but interesting enough.
    1 point
  23. Great as always. Big bitter winter warmer.
    1 point
  24. Awesome @Hilltop hops that is definitely a great beer, I had some recently - nice glass too, among my massive stockpile of glasses I also have a couple of those, Cheers.
    1 point
  25. Yeah I'm trying to keep them as cheap as possible. Postage is a killer from Russia.
    1 point
  26. Them's be MUCH better prices than the EU site I looked at.
    1 point
  27. Well I reckon that beer will certainly put hairs on your chest ha ha. I shouldn't laugh as this happened to me, O ring stuck to inside top of the keg and when I removed the lid to grab it bloody thing dropped in. Luckily I had some SS mig welding wire handy and sanitised a length of that after I made a hook on the end then fished it out.
    1 point
  28. well hoppy81 just purchased the itap from your store only went with the crown seal as i mainly bottle into stubbies that are crown sealed looking forward to receiving it , but it maybe a few weeks before i get to try it out time i get a few other bits and sods and a stand to mount it on
    1 point
  29. If you want a true Newcastle Brown then it would have to be Hunter river water of course. Its more brown that the Yarra.
    1 point
  30. From the surface or bottom of the river? I think the surface is likely thicker.
    1 point
  31. i'm not going anywhere near that covid infested swamp. haha
    1 point
  32. I use US-05 in all my pale ales, done in about 6 days mostly. Like everyone else here says slow to start but gets going after about 24-36 hours. Nott on the other hand seems a lot quicker to satrt at least for my brews and can be done in rapid time too, sometimes a s quick as 4-5 days. That's my experience anyway.
    1 point
  33. I am at Day 12. I declared my Australian IPA finished last night at 1.018. So I am expecting about 5.1% ABV. "Cold crashing" in the garage at 11°C at the moment. Looking to keg tomorrow night. With mine being a 23 litre batch, I am bottling a few as well as doing the keg. If bottling a, at least, partly carbonated brew (it's been at 15 psi for about 7-8 days), should I add some priming sugar to the bottles? If so how much do others suggest. I dry hopped commando in the pressure fermenter on 21 July. That will be the longest my dry hops have been in contact with the beer for years. The smell from the blow-off tube was fruity. I just hope the flavour will be okay. Coincidentally, I have just made space in my kegerator for the Coopers Australian IPA: My Dry Irish Stout keg just blew. Always a bittersweet moment: Oh, my keg's empty ; Oh I get to put in a new one . I should be drinking the IPA by Sunday, maybe even Saturday night.
    1 point
  34. Day 13 and after cold crashing for 5 days it is now in a keg. I have dry hopped 20g Vic Secret and 20g Enigma contained in hop balls in the keg, so I will see how that goes. The wort reached an FG of 1.020 so it will be around 5.3% ABV. As it was pressure fermented and then transferred to a keg via a closed transfer I did not get a whiff, but the last sample for a gravity reading smelt and tasted great!
    1 point
  35. Hooray! Now to wear out my F5 button on the Dan Murphy's website...
    1 point
  36. So I've read but I get a bit impatient at 18C. I've done 18C a few times and it extended the fermentation time by a few days but I didn't really detect much difference in taste. I don't think I have a very refined palate. 21C is my usual temp for ales and that's what I've set this one at. Interestingly it's looking a bit weird at the moment. Never seen cold break like this before. Looks like someone put a crepe in the wort.
    1 point
  37. Mr Beer Northwest Pale Ale, looks a bit cloudier than it actually is probably due to all of the LDME & Galaxy I whacked into it - 9 Litres in the Craft Kit . BUT I have to tell you it is awesome, citrus, hoppy & lingers. Happy Camper.
    1 point
  38. Yeah I can imagine the look of joy on their faces all stampeding to get there, they probably have TV's so they can watch Home & Away & Frasier re-runs. What a bloody let down & of course all of the bureaucrats that decided this will be sipping on a Budweiser or a single malt
    1 point
  39. Should get a good whack of bitterness, hopefully it's not too much
    1 point
  40. I use it, or the wyeast version 1056, in my Hoppy pale ale recipes all the time. My pitching is a bit different given I make starters but it's always up and going with half an inch or so of krausen anywhere between 18-24 hours later and generally at FG in about 6 days. The latest one was a little bit slower because it started below 18 degrees and took a couple of days to get up there but normally they finish by 6 days.
    1 point
  41. I agree it is not as aggressive as some but gets the job done nicely. The brews always seem to smooth out nicely & leave a nice neat deposit in the FV when bottling. I know I should be doing something with this but still haven't got around to it.
    1 point
  42. I normally try to pitch around 24 degrees, with some Ales a bit lower. haven't had any issues. One of my tight bottom mates made a brew recently & totally forgot to put any yeast in
    1 point
  43. US 05 is one of the yeasts I use. I am like everyone else, 24 hours to get some light activity then in full swing in about 36 hours. It is not a yeast that has vigorous fermentation like S04 but I like using it for hoppy American Pale Ales and Aussie Ales as it is a low ester yeast.
    1 point
  44. Excellent. What is the AA content of those hops?
    1 point
  45. Brew done hehehehe
    1 point
  46. I use heat belt plus heat mats connected to my inkbird heat outlets. Currently I'm using this setup on both my top fermenter and bottom fermenter, in the same fridge. (2 wifi inkbirds) Works well with early, and late ferment temperature requirements. Eg, top fermenter in second week at 20c. Bottom fermenter in first week at 18c. (Ales) Cheers
    1 point
  47. Belgian Golden strong. Always pours with a cappuccino like head being so highly carbonated. Didn't use gelatin on this one as I didn't bother doing any cold crash and paid the penalty with clarity. Still very tasty though.
    1 point
  48. mate i have tried several 0% alcahol beers in the past few months my favorite is a heaps normal -Quite XPA and if you like xpas you will like this one ya wouldnt even know ya drinking 0% alcahol alot of places are getting in 0% alcohol to those who enjoy a beer and know they can still jump in a car and drive but dont want to miss out on the fun with the boys
    1 point
  49. The Mountain Stout is just about mountain-stouted-out... but the last few pints are truly beauts Deffo had I the skills one could be drawing a Shamrock in the Creamy Top : )
    1 point
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