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Farls

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  1. Sounds like you definitely know what you’re doing, thanks for the tips!
  2. Thanks Otto, carboy off the list means a bit more coin for keg gear.
  3. No worries Marty, good tips overall, slainte.
  4. Cheers all Obviously spend more on quality stuff from the get go, regardless of system size. Otto, carboy query is because the only guy I know who kegs uses fv for fermentation, then carboy to condition, then kegs it. Wasn’t sure if it helped with better beers, maybe clearer with less residue in lines? I assume crash in fv probably does the same job, and then conditioning in the keg? Marty, that 13l could be ideal, I’ll look into those. Thanks everyone, should get some tax $ in next week or so I reckon, then shopping time.
  5. Marty I have to agree. I spent a few weeks in Ireland about 15 years ago and still recall that the best pint of Guinness I had was in Dingle. I’m not sure why and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else make the same comment, let alone give an explanation.
  6. Sick of washing bottles, so hopefully going to put tax return $$$ on a keg set up. It’s well past time. BUT, I might struggle for room in my garage fridge (full of food, my kids eat a lot) for a setup with 19l kegs. AND I don’t have enough room in the garage for another fridge just for kegging (full up with cars and kids bikes etc, a ridiculous waste of space if you ask me). Certainly no room to have a fridge dedicated to temp control brewing (dark ages I know), but south west vic is pretty good for ambient temp brewing. I’ve been looking at some set ups with 9.5l kegs and 5l kegs. Obviously not as cost effective as 19l kegs, but I’m thinking a proper tap in the garage fridge for use with 9l kegs, and maybe getting 5l kegs as well to use with a picnic tap as I do like the idea of portable kegged beer. I’ve had a look at some gear on cheekypeak and triple j brewing, looks fine to me, but I don’t really know the difference between good gear and not so good. I’ve read up a bit online too, but would appreciate the wisdom of the authentic brewers here who know a lot more than me. So if anyone can give me some tips on what might be best and traps to avoid that would be much appreciated. Kegs, lines, taps, gas options, whatever you know and don’t mind sharing advice on. And also, is a carboy a big help too, or not necessary? Thanks in advance all
  7. G’day wise brewers, I’ve got a basic lager going at the moment being Coops Lager can, LDM, some medium crystal malt, some Hallertau MF hops late and a bit more for dry hop. Oh, and a 15g Morgan’s lager yeast I’ve never tried before. I’m fast lagering as per advice off previous threads (Otto and others from memory), it’s up to day 4 at 13 degrees. Do I dry hop in the next few days before I start the diacetyl rest? Or mid d. rest? Or at end of rest just before cold crash? Advice appreciated, as always. And hope everyone here is healthy, happy and brewing well. I haven’t posted in ages but still check the forum once or twice a week. Farls
  8. Paddy, we have similar taste. The Sopranos and The Wire are friggin’ brilliant. If you haven’t already checked it out, try Deadwood. It rounds out my top 3.
  9. Give it up everyone, I’m going to enter my clone of tun mid-strength! Nothing could beat that...
  10. Yep, I never really got into anything post-aenima, loved that and opiate. Like hairy, seeing is believing for me.
  11. Made out like a bandit there mate. I wonder what a home brewer could do with a dozen long neck bottles...
  12. Yep, very good little bottles, I have a dozen and might grab another 6 pack. I have another dozen grolsh 450ml swing tops, they’re good too. But I really like the altenmunster 500ml swing tops. Very thick glass and look great but a bit pricey.
  13. My dad brewed at some point in the 80s or early 90s and by all reports of people who drank it, including himself, it was rubbish. I’m no master brewer but my old man often comments that my beers are better than just about anything he buys. And these days I’ve converted him from a tooheys red drinker into a seeker of fine ales, and he now he is back brewing himself doing the odd batch in the little craft fv I gave him. and +1 to Hairys comment on top of all that!
  14. Jeez, belushi’s bars take me back. I used to often go to the “ain’t nothing but blues” bar near Piccadilly for an arvo open mic (I recall lots of Neil young, Beatles, Hendrix and stones being covered, some well and some not so much) then on to belushis (I can’t remember which one). And lots of good bars and pubs in places like Camden too. I quite enjoyed the Heineken brewery tour in Amsterdam, but I was possibly still under the influence of the previous night’s space muffins... Obviusly Munich has the beer halls covered (hofbrau hause etc), can’t go wrong there. But overall I loved the little local pubs and bars. I don’t remember any specifically secret, the-place-to-be spots but I reckon you’ll stumble across some real gems yourself, and it won’t take much effort. Just ask a local or the hosts where you’re staying. As you say it won’t be tough to find a good beer!
  15. The force is strong with this one...
  16. I think there could be something in pairing music and beers...
  17. Amorphis. Gojira. Between the buried and me.... Hairy, King Rud, other legends. How is it just now that I’m realising there’s a bunch of metal heads on here? Perhaps I haven’t been on this thread before... Is it possible there is some kind of positive strong correlation between liking to quaff your own tasty brew beer whilst listening to brutal tunes? I’d say it is very likely due to some shared Viking ancestry. But to be honest, as much as I love metal (especially 90s era metal when carcass were at the top of their game and bands like at the gates were hitting their stride) I don’t get to listen to it much. My 3 year old daughter is currently dancing around the lounge room to Taylor swift.
  18. I was keen to join a local group of apathetics anonymous, but lost interest...
  19. I got a 6 pack of the hop thief 9 on a Dan Murphy’s members special. I was a bit disappointed too, expecting more from the citra and calypso. And I also preferred the 7 with the mosaic. It’s an ok drop, at the discount price, but not full price. Maybe my palette has changed in the last few years where what I used to think was a good whack of hops, now barely hits the sides.
  20. That sucks mate, sounds like you have a bit of natural talent for it too.
  21. Yeah, I’ve met a few of those kinds of meat-dodgers. I reckon getting up on the high horse is the main aim for that type, rather than the more valid reasons. I am interested in what that horse may taste like though...
  22. So much meat being made. I love meat, maybe I should look into that hobby as it obviously goes hand in hand with brewing. I really do understand and appreciate the environmental and ethical reasons of vegetarians and vegans. BUT MEAT IS SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. Like others I used to play guitar. I rarely play anymore as my two young kids want to get involved and pretty much beat the guitar up, so it usually sits out of reach and gathering dust. I actually had a crack on it yesterday though. Very rusty. I get into the garden as often as I can with a few veggie patches and lots of weeds to stay on top of. Plus the usual home diy jobs that us blokes like to do - paving, small woodwork projects like repurposing pallet wood into stuff etc. I enjoy those so I guess they’re kind of a hobby, but they are also things that just need to be done around home. Apart from brewing, the only other thing I do that is just for me is martial arts - Muay Thai and BJJ. That extra J is important, otherwise... I think martial arts and brewing are the only things stopping me from going on a completely insane, unhinged rampage of trying to beat people to death with their own shoes. So therefore brewing and martial arts are probably more of a community role I provide. You’re welcome people of sth west Victoria. Oh yeah, I actually gave stand up comedy a few cracks too. Did a few gigs at pubs etc. At one pub I got $30 and a free meal. Think I spent about $70 on beer though, the place brewed its own and had some nice ones.
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