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  1. I have a rule of thumb, whenever you think it's time to bottle, leave it for another couple days. I missed that with my second last brew and it's overcarbed in the extreme! Glad I used PET bottles for that one. Shame because it's such a nice beer, the Zesty Blond recipe.
  2. Good luck! I've heard that is the best of the craft kits so fingers crossed you'll get a nice (and strong!) beer. I've just put down the Bridge the Gap ROTM, looks like a really good drop. It's my first shot at the Long Play IPA as well. I forgot to mention, the Mr Beer winter dark ale is a nice kit on its own, I'd forgotten about that one. Also the Churchill beer isn't bad too but you need to add some steeping grains or hops for that one to get best results.
  3. I've done this same recipe just with the teabag Galaxy, it's not gonna win any awards, but was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out!
  4. I'd say they would be, the alcohol content isn't so important as compared with how much you prime the beer (how much sugar/carb drops you put in the bottles) Most home brew stores sell the swing tops and they're very popular, haven't heard many stories of explosions. With a stout if you're wanting to age it for a while, like months, you can use less sugar/carb drops, for me, I usually just stick to 2 per tallie, ppl say that's overcarbed for a stout but I haven't noticed. Also I haven't tried aging any for that long anyhow.
  5. +1 about the Japanese lagers, for a replacement for megaswill couldn't think of anything better. And they're more consistent than the European ones. I've bought a few random (cheap) German lagers and every so often I'll find one that's just nasty and undrinkable. I'm looking at switching from my brew to Asahi for a while to build up some stubbies for bottling, looking forward to that! Need to get some swingtops too. Unfortunately ALDI doesn't sell alcohol in Queensland. Maybe online but not in store. Swingtops are available new from heaps of home brew stores as well.
  6. I'd definitely agree, there are real pros and cons with glass vs PET. At the moment the major difference for me is that I live across the street from a Big W and it's just so easy to run over there at the last minute and grab a box. I don't even bother rinsing them first time, never noticed any difference. On more than one occasion where I couldn't be bothered cleaning my bottles before an overdue bottling, I've just gone and bought enough for the whole batch. Also I can imagine capping would be a PITA and the ongoing cost of the caps. Still, that's probably balanced by the longer life of the glass bottles. I'm always chucking dud PET's. I've broken stubbies in the past just opening the bottles and ended up with a fistful of glass and one time, I didn't see it and cut my lip open on the busted neck. So I'm thinking wouldn't it be pretty easy to go too hard with the bench capper and smash the bottle? Questions questions. At this stage I'm wanting to move to glass so I can bottle in stubbies, but otherwise I'd probably stick with plastic.
  7. I think you probably could - from my experience a kilo of be3 or LDM doesn't change the flavour a lot - especially in the case of this beer because the hops will cover that up. I haven't put the brew on yet, it's on the list, but wondering why they chose BE3 instead of LDM. Guessing they are looking for a light, crisp flavour. Other thing I wonder about this ROTM is why the 2 packs of yeast? Surely one would be more than enough to ferment this. I'm thinking of saving the other one for a second batch.
  8. Turns out I had an issue with this brew as well in terms of fermentation, Fermented it temp control for about 12 days, that's a bit short of how long I normally do but I had to bottle it before going away for the weekend. Seemed like fermentation had finished and SG was about right. However, I was restocking my kitchen brew spot this morning and discovered the second box of ZB - something wrong. It's really overcarbed, so much so that the PET bottles almost can't stand up properly! I only used 2 carb drops per 750 ml and it doesn't taste infected. bit kombucha-ish but I put that down to the excessive Co2. Anyone have experience with K-97? The first 15 bottles were great and disappeared quickly. The only variable I'm not familiar with is this yeast but I can't see anything online about it needing extra fermentation time. I've put the whole box in the fridge to stop it getting any worse. Any ideas?
  9. I'm also thinking, wouldn't it be great to be able to wash the bottles in the dishwasher instead of soaking.. I know the detergent probably isn't the best but I figure I'll run it a second time with no detergent on a short cycle to get rid of any residue.
  10. Yeah you can just throw one of those teabags in anything that holds 500mls, steep it for 15-20 mins and throw the whole lot in the fermenter. Even just a couple days before bottling as Jda says. All home brew stores and plenty of online shops sell them, makes a MASSIVE difference to the end product.
  11. It'll be at the old Navy yards near Apollo Rd, I'm betting. That whole huge block is slated for hipsterific redevelopment, lots of fancy apartments and so on. I suppose it's a bit out of the way in terms of Brisbane's go to spots, but it's enough of an attraction to lure people I'm sure. Should be able to get there on the ferry too. Trying to get home on the ferry might be a bit harder :P
  12. If you want to try a good craft tub recipe, go the the Red Eye IPA. Even my most critical mates think that one is as good as a commercial IPA!
  13. Did you just use the yeast for the tin for that brew? it'll probably be ok but it should be quite strong. if you can, I'd go buy a couple teabags of IPA style hops from the homebrew store to throw in that, they'd be able to recommend something nice. Otherwise I think you might find it's not amazing as is.
  14. Tommy I'd go 2 drops for those swingtops, in terms of a nice level of carbonation, however I've not used them myself so not sure whether you'd get explosions or not, someone else might know about this?
  15. thanks for the tips everyone, seems like Asahi might be the way to go for 330ml bottles then. I've seen some home brew stores sell them new online, probably good quality but it seems a bit sad spending $30 for 30 bottles when I could spend a bit more and get to drink them as well :P
  16. Hi Tommy, I've had the same problem with undercarbed beers - a lot of it comes back to personal taste I guess, but for me lagers and wheat beers and so on need to be nice and fizzy. Anyhow I've started using 3 carb drops per longneck for those styles and have been very impressed with the results. If you try that you'd need to use the plastic bottles though because I'm guessing with glass/swingtops you'd get some explosions. Some of the PET bottles had to go in the bin after my last batch because the increased pressure expanded the bottom - almost so much they wouldn't stand up! I'd probably try 2 drops with those swing top bottles, it'll definitely be undercarbed for a lager if you don't.
  17. Challenger that's a great idea! My fave brown IPA used a dark ale kit base and challenger.
  18. I ranted about this somewhere else recently, but I can't find the link so I'll go for it again, You are supposed to be able to make the craft cans as is just with water and yeast, but trust me, none of them produce a nice beer like that. They're aiming too high for a kit both in terms of flavour and alcohol content. But if you add hops and/or grains then they have produced some of the nicest beers I've made at home. I'd agree with Jda mostly except I think the regular range make better beers than the craft on their own. They certainly aren't great (thin, watery) but they are much more drinkable. A couple of go to brews if you don't want to mess around with additions would be the dark ale kit with a kilo of LDM, the IPA kit with the same, and you can always grab some of the teabag hops they do ok. I did an experiment for a low budget off the shelf woollies brew, can of APA, kilo of LDM and one of those Brigalow Galaxy teabags, cheap as chips and it was quite decent. Bit of a whiff of megaswill about it but much better than any of the straight craft kits I'd made.
  19. Hi wills, For aroma and flavour I think it's generally a 10 and 5 minute boil, or you could just steep a bunch of fuggles and add to the brew after a week or so of ferment. This is the same feeling I had about my first dark ale, it's tasty but a bit one dimensional, even if you use LDM instead of BE2. I think you'll get a nicer beer and more out of the fuggles if you use LDM instead of BE2 and maybe try a spec grain pack for stouts or dark beers from your home brew shop to give the beer some more body. Depends how stout-ish you like your dark beer I guess. Paul
  20. Yeah I'd agree with that, I haven't tried in glass, but if you bottled a stout in the PET longknecks and just used 1 drop/half measure it'd be like wine. Hardly any carbonation at all. With lighter styles lately I've switched to 3 carb drops and I'm enjoying them a lot more.
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