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  1. Hi all, I tried this!! And I highly recommend you don't I popped a coldie and it was flat - must have forgot to put the priming sugar in the bottle before capping. So I decided to try the soda stream. Poured the beer into the Sodastream bottle and twisted it on, but when the gas starting going into the water the whole inside of the bottle just turned to foam. Then when I went to take it off it sprayed foam started spraying 1m in all directions all over the kitchen... missus was really happy
  2. Thanks Norris – I've just taken it back and he's pointed me to a home brew site which sells maltose and corn sugar (dextrose?). I'm thinking of trying 1kg of maltose + 500g of dextrose with a Morgan's Amber Ale can... Does that sound ok? I've never used maltose before, I usually use 500g-1kg of LDM + 500g dextrose.
  3. Thanks guys – I might pass it back and just try to find some dried fermentable malt and dextrose for now...
  4. Hi all I’ve just been given this malt by my local craft brewer where I live in a small town in Japan. I couldn’t quite understand what he was saying, but it sounded like I can just use this malt as is? I’m worried those husks will ruin the beer, but it sounded like he said they would dissolve or something... maybe that’s the case for his operation but I just use the standard coopers kit... I guess it will all just settle into the gunk in the bottom and be fine?
  5. Awesome thanks Mitch - if we're up towards 5% I'm happy.
  6. Thanks Mitch - I'll test both hydrometers at 20C. The IPA is a 23L batch. Is that the volume you mean? I think they were pretty well mixed but will take extra note to do this next time - the LDM/dex did clump together a bit after adding it to the water so maybe all clumps weren't dissolved.
  7. Thanks Lab Cat - this is what I figured - 1kg of LDM should be about 4.2%. Add 500g of Dex and should push up towards 5%. Which is what I did on this batch - 1kg LDM + 500g dex. But on the hyrdrometre readings I'm getting still seems to be 4% or maybe lower which is what's confusing me... maybe it is up towards 5% but the hyrdrometers (or temps) are crook.
  8. Yes - 1.012 with the glass and 1.006 with the plastic. I didn't take the OG with the plastic but will do it with both next time. I didn't know this - I will check that next time. Temp should have been about 20C
  9. Note: I have two hydrometers - the original 10 year old white and read plastic one from the Coopers kit, and a few years ago bought a fancy glass one. I just tried to do the FG reading with the plastic one and it ended up about 1.006. So I'm guessing there is a chance the glass one or plastic one is bung. Will take OG and FG with both next time - maybe the OG reading with the plastic one will be higher and thus give me a better alcohol reading.
  10. Hi guys, any thoughts/knowledge appreciated. I'm a long time brewer but never get overly technical or serious - I just like making and drinking interesting beer But I've just got back into it after a few years and having trouble getting the alcohol content up. I live in a remote area overseas and I can't get the Coopers brew enhancers, I can only get LDM. I put down a couple of Pale Ales and Real Ales with just 500g of LDM and turned seemed to turn out a mid strength. Tasted great though. OG/FG gravity readings were about 1.038 / 1.014 - about 3.15% (I think). I've just fermented a Morgans Frontier IPA with 1kg of LDM + 500g of dextrose I had lying around. OG/FG was 1.042 / 1.012 which should be about 3.94% (I think). I expected it to be higher given I added three times more sugar as the previous 3.15% batches. Please enlighten me Thank you!
  11. That's good enough for me So long as it's not going to ruin it I'll throw em in and get some freshies for next batch. Thanks again Journeyman
  12. Hi guys, silly question time: I've got a bag of Morgans fuggles hops in their original sealed plastic packaging. They're about four years old... should I use them or not? (I live in a remote location overseas and am about to put a batch down and can't get any soon but keen to add these hops if consensus is it should be fine).
  13. Thanks everyone - what a great forum! Glad to hear this method works - noted re not mixing bleach and vinegar straight
  14. Awesome thanks guys One more thing - does anyone do the vinegar / bleach sanitizer? What I have written down from years ago is 20ml of bleach and 20ml vinegar per 10 litres of water...
  15. 1. Not sure! Someone must have said it once - I guess they were wrong? 3. Tap water - After drinking I usually just add a little water and swirl it around and empty, then part fill with water again and give it a good shake, then one more time and just give it a bit of a swirl. Then dry upside and store upside down. I also usually then place them all in a big container filled with water/vinegar/bleach mix just to give them a bit of a sterile rinse before bottling. But just wondering if that pre bottle rinse is really necessary...
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