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  1. bennysbrew

    Rice wine

    Hard to get much info on it, roughly 20% they say. This one's definitely not finished, the pets I bottled it in were firming up after just a 4 hour trip in the car away today. I've loosened the lids now. Will get stuck into it Christmas day with the rellies..
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    Rice wine

    Anyhow.... Bottled first batch tonight(20days) a little early I think, but I'm going away for Xmas tomorrow so it has to be done. Recipe/process, so simple. 1kg glutinous rice (boiled), 3 yeast balls. Water added- nil. Yield 1.7 litres. Taste, alcohol prominent, with a sweet finish. Something different . Amazing to get that much out of just boiled rice
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    Quick Xmas brew for SWMBO

    Mexican cerveza, plus 40g of galaxy at flameout. Passionfruit beer
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    Rice wine

    Bought some rice wine yeast balls to have a go at making some rice wine over the warmer months where I struggle with keeping temps down for beer. Anyone had a go at it, any tips?
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    Half recipes

    First recipe Amarillo is 10g ( can't find the edit function?
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    Half recipes

    Ok a couple of summer type ales I've chucked together , in the fashion of stone and wood I guess. Easy drinking , not to heavy, a slight step up from mega swill with a bit of hop character, easy intro to extract brewing. Please note I'm no expert( only 40 odd brews) so there will be plenty of better beers to do than this, but a couple of simple ones without using tins for the craft fermenter.... These were created with left over stock. Could be tweaked with hop amounts, dry hopping, etc Gallarillo 500g wheat dry malt + 500g light dry malt 100g crystal steeped Galaxy 10g (15m boil), galaxy 15g ( flameout) Amarillo (5m boil) 9.5l Yeast of your choice ( I had left over kit yeasts) 18-20 degrees Similar again..... Citraxy 500g wheat dry malt+ 500g ldm 100g crystal steeped Galaxy 10g (15m boil) Citra (10g 5m boil) (15g flameout) 9.5l Kit yeast slurry Similar again ...galaxy wheat dry malt smash 1kg wheat dry malt 100g crystal steeped Galaxy 7g (15min boil), 8g (10 min boil), 15g ( flameout) 9l Kit yeast slurry ( yeast of choice) So there are three similar summer type ale , very simple recipes that make solid easy drinkers with a bit of hop character. These beers come out around the low 4% region.... Obviously you can up the hops to your liking. I normally like more hop character, but thought I'd load the cupboards up with easy drinkers for the summer coming
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    Half recipes

    With the popularity of the craft fermenter bringing new members to the forum I might chuck a few simple extracts recipes to fit it in the next day or two . Others feel free to do the same
  8. Ive been doing little extract summer ale types in mine the last month or so. 1kg of a combination of wheat and light dry malt , with some Citra, galaxy , Amarillo additions for bittering. Great for doing one slab batches instead of doing 50-60 beer batches and running out of space. For those having issues finding craft cans, just buy the malt and do the bittering yourself. It's not hard at all. There are a couple of these type recipes from pb2, the Nelson light, cascarillo, etc made for the 23l fermenters. Just scale the ingredients in half for the craft fermenter. To give you an idea 1kg of light dry malt made to 10L will give you a beer around 4%, cut it back to 8.5L and it's 4.7%. ianh's spreadsheet is your friend here.
  9. bennysbrew

    Nanner Mary's Xmas ale

    In a good way, though at bottling time it had appeared to mellow a bit. Came out at low 9's...should start a few arguments Christmas day...
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    Nanner Mary's Xmas ale

    Day 6, down to 1.010. Going to up around the 9%, little higher than I originally intended The sample was mind blasting
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    Goodbye us05

    Revisited the two us05s yesterday Arvo, multiple times.... Both good. Not sure why I was getting hints 3-4 weeks ago? Maybe the cold weather and slower bottle conditioning ? Anyhow, maybe I'm sorry US05? P.s Both Dr smurto golden ale and Earle's s&w clone recipes are winners for beginners wanting to make above average session beers
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    Nanner Mary's Xmas ale

    So I put this one down today, changed a little. Australia pale ale tin Dark Candi syrup 600g Brown sugar 500g Ldm 500g Golden syrup 300g 300g choc malt 100g crystal malt Star Anise -2 Nutmeg- 1 tspn Cinnamon - 1 tspn Crushed coriander - 2 tspn Mangrove jack - m41 18 liters Strong, spicy, merry Xmas
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    Goodbye us05

    Funnily enough I've just tried one of each of the us05's, and they're solid with no detection this time...
  14. bennysbrew

    Goodbye us05

    Nottingham, even the kit yeasts always easy to work with and reliable
  15. bennysbrew

    Goodbye us05

    Going to be like shooting Bambi saying this, but I'm sacking us05. 100% strike rate problems or infections the four seperate times I've used it. One complete poison batch, 3 other with hints of the poison, recent batches dr smurto and Earle's stone and wood. Different fermenters, yeast packets. Controlled fermentations at 18. Only had one other infection with 40 other batches with other yeasts. Something I'm doing Us05 doesn't like, we are not compatible, goodbye for good, have a nice life
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