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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. James of Bayswater

    What are you listening to right now????

    Weird isn't it ? I notice I tend to have it on when I am working on something - and it seems to help. But I try not to think about it. As soon as I start to think about it then it begins to annoy me. In other words I prefer to hear it rather than listen to it. A bit like white noise.
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    That's a tragedy on your first brew. There really isn't a whole lot you could have done about it. The tap has always been the weak link in the Coopers fermenter. Just recently one of mine broke the back lug which means the whole assembly wanted to wiggle out of the fermenter. I 'fixed' it mid brew by running electrical tape around the tap and the whole tub so it looked like one of those rugby players whose nose is taped onto their face. It worked though and I saved the brew, Your experience has convinced me to buy a couple more taps quick smart.
  5. James of Bayswater

    What are you growing? 2019

    Thanks for the offer Yeasty but we have sunflower seed everywhere ! That is why I am surprised by the multiple blooms because we have grown Russians season after season, they always grow tall, always one bloom per plant. (When I googled around it seems the Russians hybridized sunflowers to grow tall and have single flowers) We grow them for that very reason. They are like beacons and draw people into the garden. We also grow Jersualem Artichokes that are also Helianthus (tuberosa) and grow over 2 metres to produce a single daisy like flower. But none of us has known a sunflower to produce a single bloom then reshoot multiple blooms when the original bloom is removed. The curious thing is that this year we also planted dwarf sunflowers (which bear multiple flowers) in among the veg this year for the first time. Cross pollination has been suggested but nah, it doesn't work like that. The culprits.... a gaggle of corellas on the fence (new arrivals this year) and a sulphur crested cockie on the compost bin
  6. James of Bayswater

    What are you growing? 2019

    I just love them. In my (community) garden the cockies came down and ravaged them as usual. In the past I have always just pulled them up after the cockies are done but this year, given that they were giving decent shade to other plants I just decapitated them instead. And one in three responded by producing extra flowers ! I quizzed the woman who planted them and she said it was just seed we'd collected from last years flowers and no one can really explain why lopping them has produced multiple flowers I am going to do it again though. Helianthus Bayswateris.
  7. James of Bayswater

    What are you listening to right now????

    Believe it or not, SBS Chill. I find it makes for good background music although the repetition of the grooves is a bit disturbing. It seems that you only need to loop the same groove over and again and your work here is done. Still, I find it kind of hypnotic and sort of relaxing.
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    That's the Bewitched Amber, yes ? I am running two 5 gallon fermenters side by side and have been drinking a Citra Summer Ale and a Brew A. It's quite a contrast, world's apart. The Citra is a Cerveza base and its delicious, really easy to drink and really hard to leave alone, the perfect Summer Ale. The Brew A is a heavier, much more serious beer that is quite dark as it was an old can and I only brewed it to 18 liters with a fresh Nottingham yeast. Its malty and toffee and it is only going get better in the coming weeks. I bottled the Brew A into 500ml bottles so I can sample a pint every now and then without exhausting my stock, It is definitely a take your time after dinner kind of beer (that seems to get better as it warms up) whereas the Citra is an afternoon shady tree on a hot Summer's day, the chillier the better. And that's how I have been drinking them : The Citra when I get home from work to wet my whistle and the Brew A after dinner - and its a joyous thing. I just love having an abundance of beer. I didn't muck about. I loaded Fermenter 1 up with a Dark Ale based Dry Stout for Paddy's day and Fermenter 2 is waiting for me to get may act together with the 1978 Ale.
  9. James of Bayswater

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    I have been a member (and moderator) of several forums over the past 20 years and (as Hairy said) this forum is so civil it is almost peculiar. If Stoo is the worst 'troll' we've had it has been a good decade. (I am not defending him, I just didn't find him particularly toxic). This forum also has one of the best software platforms of any I have been involved with. Really nice. It has a great search engine but it would be even better if posters named their threads logically and stayed on topic - but that is never going to happen. As for Malt Extracts I am becoming increasingly intrigued to the point that I am going to have to find out for myself just how inferior Saunders is to malt extracts marketed to brewers by doing a comparison test. As I said to Blacksands there is no economic advantage in using Saunders for brewing in Australia - I just want to know how it compares when brewed. I have recently acquired two 2 gallon fermenters and my plan is to use them to do otherwise identical small batch brews side by side and comparison taste tests. My original plan was to split kits between the fermenters and vary the hops (or other ingredients or conditions) but now this issue has arisen I reckon it would be ideal to brew the same recipe with Coopers malt extract in one tub and Saunders in the other. I'll let you know how I get on.
  10. James of Bayswater

    8.5L Craft Brewing Recipes

    I am late to the party Mitchellscott but attached is a spreadsheet of all the recipes on the Coopers site. The spreadsheet is filtered to display only the 8.5, 9. 9.5 and 10 liter recipes for the craft fermenter. You can further filter the list by Difficulty, the base extract kit ,fermentables and various other ways. Each brew name is linked to its recipe page on this site. Coopers Recipes v1.4.xlsx
  11. James of Bayswater

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    Geez, it seems like this thread really left its mark - and it was 7 years ago. I can't really see what the fuss was about but I suppose you had to be there. I am only using Saunders Malt Extract for the sake of authenticity of the 1978 brew. I have no idea if its any good other than my memory of swilling cheap home brew in the 1970's, but I expect to find out when the 1978 brew is ready.
  12. James of Bayswater

    Home brew (1978)

    While it wont came as much comfort to Yvonne Hovey of Mt Isa but exploding bottles weren't confined to home brewers. It was reported n the 1970's that there were 62,000 incidences of exploding bottles causing injury in the USA per annum with 25,000 requiring emergency room treatment. We were on the cusp of plastic bottles and cartons in the 1970's and of the reports in the press related to exploding bottles at the time mainly related to soft drinks and usually involved the bottle being dropped before it was picked up and exploded. I know I have drifted off recipe topic into history but it is providing some fun context for my 1978 ale.
  13. James of Bayswater

    Saunders Malt Extract English Bitter

    I agree Blacksands, except with regard to affordability. Saunders sells here for $10/kg at Coles and Woolies. Coopers sells its unhopped extracts on this site for $12.00/ 1.5kg ($10.60 for members). The only real justification for using Saunders appears to be availability - which is why Stoo was using it... according to Stoo. Whatever happened to Muddy Waters ? Nothing since May when he sold all his bottles.
  14. James of Bayswater

    Home brew (1978)

    Hey John, How did the 'bag in a box' drink ? Did you go back for more ? I've been in the archives. While we were trying our hand at home brewing in rubbish bins in the late 1970's some were encountering problems.... ...but help was on its way... and where did we get it ? Nope. The Health Food store of course.....
  15. James of Bayswater

    Home brew (1978)

    Indeed Yeasty. Where did they go ? Nostalgia is something we only really understand as we get older. Often we are inclined to remember the good old days too fondly and a exercise like this is likely to give me a more realistic account of what I was drinking 40 years ago than my failing memory can provide. The Saunders extract is not an issue for me. I am trying to recreate the brew and I'll go with the supermarket malt for authenticity. Blacksands made all the pertinent points about using what was available and just how scarce brewing supplies were in those days. I want to revisit the beer I was brewing and drinking 40 years ago - warts and all. I suppose the obvious question is 'why ?' Well, I still know some of the boys and girls of the collective that made this swill and others of the same age and if I called them in for session of old brew and spun some records while we had a few laughs and told the same old stories I reckon it would be pretty Rocktober. I might even spring for a few large Hawiians and an Aussie with an egg on top.