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  1. Beervis

    Ten Days on the Bintang

    10 days on the Bintang you poor bastard was my first thought. Still at Bali prices I'd be up for that. When I was in Thailand a couple years back I didn't see Beerlao Dark or any of those others... wish I had! Got used to the Singha tinnies pretty quick though, I thought they were the pick of the cheapo 7/11 beers. At those prices I was in pisswater heaven I'm not sure I'd call Oz the lucky country, in terms of beer anyway. That's NZ or the USA. Pulling the campervan into a drive-through drug store near Death Valley and walking out with a carton of Sierra Nevada for $15, it was traumatic walking into the local BWS on my return. That's a lot of my motivation for homebrew at the moment, I can't afford to drink the kind of beer I like in Australia, it's just unjustifiably expensive. Got bills to pay!
  2. Beervis

    Caribbean porter

    I'm using a mixed bag of bottles at the moment, some stubbies I bought online from a HBS, worked out quite cheap but they aren't as thick as the Asahis. Trying to get my hands on as many of those as possible but to do that i have to drink them... meh. Starting to accumulate more Coopers longnecks and whatever I can scrounge out of the complex recycling bins. Someone here drinks a lot of Little Creatures. No bottle bombs yet touch wood but I have been trying to be more particular about taking hydro readings.
  3. Beervis

    Caribbean porter

    I'm switching to all glass for beers like this from now on, probably keep the PET's for the wheat beers and K+K lager-ish brews that are designed for quaffing after a couple weeks. I know what Coopers say about the PETs being good for 18 months post bottling, but that hasn't been my experience, and maybe it's psychological but damn the glass bottles in the fridge look like real beer, rather than the brown coke bottles. They look like nasty hooch I brewed in a big plastic tub in the garage. Technically true but I don't need to be reminded I'm also suspicious about the PETs possibly losing carbonation slowly, but sooner than they are supposed to. To me, the 750mls primed @ 2 carb drops felt like low carbonation, and I'm not normally a fan of traditionally highly carbed beers. I don't drink a lot of commercial lagers, pilsners or wheat beers. Paul
  4. Beervis

    Caribbean porter

    Caribbean Porter is now my oldest beer that I've still got stock of, over 8 months I think? Still got about 12 tallies left. Damn fine beer, I'm still really enjoying it. I've had 2 dud bottles - as in, they were flat when I re-organised my brew cupboard last, which I'm putting down to the perils of PET. My only criticism would be that it doesn't retain the head for long, which someone mentioned.. and possibly slightly undercarbed for me @ 2 carb drops per tallie. I know that's supposed to be high for the style, I just find my K+K beers taste more like commercial beer when there's a higher and consistent level of carbonation.
  5. Beervis

    Tap Seal

    I just wish someone would come up with a better bottling wand that had a screw or clamp fitting. I find it's a massive PITA always falls out 3 or 4 times in each bottling session. I've switched to bottling my nicer beers in glass stubbies now and it's even worse, makes the whole thing take much longer than it needs to.
  6. Beervis

    experiment with enhancer 3

    Hoppo, I think BE1 is designed with producing a lighter, drier, more commercial draught beer style in mind. Light colour and with some head retention from the maltodextrin. This would be in the style of the 'Lawnmower Lager' recipe. I haven't brewed it for a while, but I sometimes do in summer and serve it with ice, Vietnam style. It's just like buying a 6 pack of Chang at 7/11 for $2 or whatever it costs It shouldn't have a sour taste though? Like PB2 says that can be caused by infection. But sometimes I find the brews that have a higher percentage of sugar in them benefit from more time in the bottle before you drink. Try leaving it for another few weeks and see if that taste has rounded off.
  7. Beervis

    Clear a Mexican Cervaza

    Try putting your Coopers hydrometer in with just room temperature tap water and check if it's reading OK. I did this the other day and discovered mine is way off, it's reading 6 points low, so all my hydro readings from the last few brews are off by that much. Also taste your hydrometer sample, if it tastes like flat beer you are probably OK, if it tastes sour or vinegary you may have an infection.
  8. Beervis

    Tap Seal

    I've never had any issues with the tap, although I've got 2 taps so I generally soak one with my utensils in the sod perc and then switch them out before putting the brew down. I I think though that flushing it out with the soak solution then spraying with starsan is totally fine. Maybe every few brews you could take it out in between and soak it in a jar or something. Sometimes I rinse it with hot water and put it back together before refitting the tap. It's pretty unlikely IMO that you would get an infection from the tap if its been flushed out. The olive oil thing is crucial though, I've ruined 1 tap already by not doing that
  9. Beervis

    Brew Day!! Watcha' got, eh!? 2018

    Sounds delicious. You are right about that kit, made a saison with it a while back and it came out really nice. Great flavour
  10. Beervis

    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    Last night I had another crack at my Bootmaker kit + Chinook steep which has aged a while now.. I've had a love hate relationship with it but it was delicious this time round.. Enjoyed it much more than the 4 Pines ESB I drank straight after. Also working on the 'Bridge the Gap' ROTM which is my first brew bottled in glass stubbies. I think I got something wrong with this one, it's hoppy to the point where it's practically fruit juice, but not in a good way. Maybe it's the hop combo or the fact that I used all the dry hop additions as flameout. At least it's interesting I guess
  11. Beervis

    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    I tried that, but all I got was this nasty hangover
  12. Beervis

    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    looks good! Do you find it quite heavy, flavour wise? I taste tested mine again this morning while bottling the latest batch, I'm not up on the correct tasting terminology, but it's sorta quite thick and rich, heavy. More towards the style of a 4 Pines Pale than some of the lighter, hoppier styles. I liked it, but find it hard going to have more than a glass or two. Which wheat yeast did you use, btw?
  13. Beervis

    Coopers session ale

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it, I was really impressed. Been waiting for Coopers to come out with something that is a bit inspired by their home brew concoctions. Now all we need is a commercial Robochoc
  14. Beervis

    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    I'm doing a 'get rid of ingredients I don't really want or need' brew today. Toucan Coopers Wheat + Canadian Blonde on a T-58 + Coopers Ac+L yeast cake. I've got 25gms of Hallertau I might add as a hop tea but not really sure if it would suit the style, if this thing has a style
  15. Beervis

    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    I'm interested to see how this turns out. I've decided I don't like this kit but I'm wondering if the 30gm Chinook hop steep I added to it ruined it. Maybe the wheat yeast + Goldings will make a difference!