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  1. jackgym

    Great Northern Super Crisp clone recipe

    All commercial beer tastes bland compared to a well-hopped home brew. I recently tried a Fat Yak, which used to be nice on the palate, but couldn't get a taste out of it.
  2. jackgym

    Head retention

    My LHBS ran out of US-05 yeast so gave me another American brand he recommended (forgotten what it was) but when I opened the bottles it produced very little head retention and little fizz. I've only used US-05 or Coopers yeast and wasn't aware that some yeasts produced almost flat beer ? All the other ingredients and method were the same.
  3. jackgym

    Cooper Fermenter

    I noticed a couple of small insects (maybe vinegar flies) hovering around the fermenter when checking the brew so gave the inside of the fridge a quick spray. Next time I opened the fridge door 3 were lying dead inside. Now before opening the door I spray around the fridge beforehand.
  4. jackgym

    150 Lashes clone recipe

    I recently had a few schooners of Fat Yak at my local RSL. I couldn't really derive the taste from them as I remember. As many of us have this problem, I think our own home brew beer is up to a better standard, rather than their beer having "dipped." Even in the southern US when I visited last year, the only beers that did it for me were their local hopped up IPAs. And they were good.
  5. jackgym

    Where does all the knowledge come from?

    Nothing wrong, and everything right, with staying with kit and kilo brewing. No need to do anything else if you're, like me, happy with a great kit-produced beer that's every bit as good as a craft product. As you quoted, it's the KISS principle - keep it simple, stupid.
  6. jackgym

    Swapping to glass

    Good one mate.
  7. jackgym

    Carbonation Drop Quantity

    12 months is asking a bit much. I usually wait around 1 month which makes the last bottle 2 months old @ 1 PET bottle per night. The only drawback is it makes the commercial beer taste like piss.
  8. jackgym

    Keeping Your Fridge Clean

    I bought a piece of 6mm stainless steel cut to size, but not without drama. I gave the measurements to the lad on a piece of paper and he cut it and I took it home. It was cut too short. Went back and got the correct size cut. It's hard to get good help.
  9. jackgym

    Swapping to glass

    That would be the weakest argument I've heard against using carb drops.
  10. jackgym

    Where does all the knowledge come from?

    Lusty, your opionations (is that a word?)are quite welcome. But there will always be someone who must slip in the negative personal vibe. It's in their DNA. Best ignored.
  11. jackgym

    Where does all the knowledge come from?

    Yes Lusty, that's about where I am. And I didn't get that gut from drinking pissy Coronas.
  12. jackgym

    Keeping Your Fridge Clean

    You could eat your lunch out of my fridge.
  13. jackgym

    Swapping to glass

    I find it much simpler dropping 2 carb drops into 30 PET bottles than mixing up water and sugar and racking the brew into another container which could increase the risk of infection. Then you have an extra container to clean and sterilise. Why make extra work for yourself?
  14. jackgym

    Where does all the knowledge come from?

    What you can't pick up about brewing in this forum isn't worth knowing.