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  1. Nice one. That would be a cool thing to do as a club.
  2. Was that a club brew, @Hairy?
  3. Popo

    Hot water urn

    My thinking was that if it does make it to the boil, and the probe was set to 100 wouldn't it just keep on going at a boil? The probe wouldn't even need to be in the water. I'm probably missing something though. I can be a bit simple at times haha.
  4. Popo

    Hot water urn

    Can you use an external temp controller to bypass the urn's cut out?
  5. Popo

    Todays tastings

    Finally had a crack at the Little Creatures XPA. Solid beer. Not bland, not over the top. I enjoyed it.
  6. Popo

    BREW DAY!! WATCHA' GOT, EH!? 2019

    That's unreal @Titan. Good stuff.
  7. Popo

    Warm climate beer

    I feel your pain @Philthy62. I lived in Darwin for a good little while and never ended up making anything drinkable. I had 3 or 4 attempts before I packed it in. At the time, I had no real idea of temp control or different types of yeast. Even the coolest part of my place was unsuitable for brewing temperature wise. You've got a few options as some of the guys above have mentioned. Temp control - ideally with an old fridge but a swamp cooler (kinda like what you're already doing) can help. The fridge and a temp controller would definitely be the best option though. A second hand fridge can be found cheaply on gumtree if you're lucky. Yeast and recipe choice - choosing a yeast that can handle the temps should produce something more pleasurable to drink, provided you like that kind of style. Maybe try a saison. Hopefully one, or a combination of the tips the guys have offered, can help you on your way.
  8. Popo

    Time effective bottle cleaning system

    I get the haze on the inside of the bottles that you are talking about. I do an immediate perc soak and find it removes it completely.
  9. Popo

    First taste.

    Ripper. Glad it's turned out well. What was the one you opened on Saturday?
  10. Popo

    First brew questions & where to next?

    I'd leave this one as is.
  11. Popo

    Todays tastings

    Haha - nah mate. It was underwhelming. I'm guessing so. I've had it before and enjoyed it. I was happy I'd found it amid the Crowns and Carlton Draught. Was only fair this time though.
  12. Popo

    Todays tastings

    Hahaha - I've never heard that before. I think I'll steal it. How'd you find the lager @Hairy? I saw it at the airport on tap yesterday but bypassed it for an underwhelming 4 Pines Pale.
  13. Popo

    Water questions 2019

    Thanks man.
  14. Popo

    Water questions 2019

    Cheers @Greeny1525229549 I'll give it a go - just sprinkle it in? Get it from LHBS?
  15. Popo

    Water questions 2019

    I currently use rainwater that is filtered with an undersink filter. The tanks the water come from are a mix of plastic and cement (2 plastic tanks feed into 1 cement tank). The cement one is cleaned regularly but is pretty old. I haven't looked into testing my water yet - I'm considering giving some spring water from the shops a go next week to see if it makes any difference to the final beer. I'm not quite getting the hoppiness I'd expect from my beers even with generous late and cube hops. There's a reasonable chance it's down to recipe design on my behalf but I wanted to see if the water makes a difference to a recipe I've used recently. Try and check off one thing at a time. As I'll be using spring water, are there any other easy additions I could make to it given that the properties of the spring water can be known? (Or is it not that easy?) I'll be making an American pale ale.