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Blacker Pastures

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  1. Cheers Otto, It's bee at about 10-12c for the entire time....?
  2. Hiya. I put down a Czech Pils from the Coopers recipes while i was living with th'olds, and have since moved the family to our own place. As it was too early to bottle, i opted to leave the FV and the brew fridge there, and get back to it when it was ready. Turns out i haven't had the time to get down there (2 hour drive from the new place, and leaving for a weekend to bottle wasn't high up on the priority SWMBO's list of unpacking into the new house) and this friday it will be 4 weeks in the fermenter.... I remember reading that largers and pils should/could be fermented for at least 3 weeks...? Would 4 weeks be ok too? Also, as I didn't leave a hydrometer behind for the old man to check FG (also, he has no idea what to do anyway...) I find my self in the position of having to drive down, check it one day, stay over, check it again, and hope it's ready to go I suppose the questions i have are: How long is too long for it to be in the FV?; In order to speed things up, is there a point it's safe to assume it could be bottled with out needing to test with the hydrometer over 2 days...? or, more specifically, do the tests, but have it be ok - maybe leave it a little longer still...? Many thanks!
  3. Here's my own Christmas Card for this year, which i thought i'd add here for all you punters on the forum It's been a great few months on board, and i'd like to thank you all for your wisdom, insight and enthusiasm for home-brew. Please, i'm getting all misty over here.... Wishing you all a brilliant Christmas and most excellent New Year of brewing and ridiculousness!!
  4. Thanks everyone - all excellent advice once again! (love this place ) Here are the finished bottles:
  5. Thanks Ben. They're all just recipes followed from the Coopers site' date=' and a couple of the ROTM's too. I'm too new to this to fiddle with things i don't fully understand yet, so I'm sticking to the recipes for now... I might extend the dates for the darker or stronger ones a little, just to be sure [img']annoyed[/img]
  6. Hi all. I've been going mental brewing over the last little while to get a varied selection ready for christmas prezzies, and have 7 brews done, plus ginger beer. I have one left in the craft fermenter due for bottling christmas day I'm putting together some labels to stick on the ones i'm giving away, and I hope to put a "best after" date on them so my muppet family don't drink them all before they're at their best.... I'm looking for advice about how long bottling conditioning improves the flavour or different styles, so i can have that on the labels. I was thinking about just making it at least 8 weeks after bottling, but I know there are some styles that would benefit from more time. So i have: Pale Ale IPA (x2) Nut Brown Ale Amber Ale Dark Ale Kolsh Saison and the Ginger Beer... Any thoughts greatly appreciated! (it' will also be great to box a few away to be pulled out in time for my 40th in August )
  7. I've done 8 beers and 1 ginger beer since I started down this dodgy road 2.5 months ago..... ????
  8. I'd love to try the pale ale, but would be happy with any/all of them
  9. That's a very interesting resource, there, Anti. Thanks! (Or TAVIRTAT)
  10. The new cans are in the online store. $5 more per can - Ouch! I suppose that new designer has just earned his pay-packet, though.... I'm going to head down to the LHBS and get a bunch of the old TC collection while I still can!
  11. The store seems to break around these ROTM releases....
  12. Awesome! Once again, the forum comes through.... Cheers Lads
  13. Hiya, I have a can of Bewitched Abmber Ale that came with the craft FV kit i have. I was looking at recipes for this can and found the "Voodoo That You Do" recipe, which seems simple enough to add to... The ingredients are: 1.3kg Bewitched Amber Ale 250g Golden Malt Extract 250g Brown Sugar Just wondering what is meant by "Brown Sugar"...? 11 years in Ireland would have my thinking it's what i know as Raw Sugar, but i think it's probably the soft brown sugar that says "Brown Sugar" on the pack.... may seem obvious, but i just need to check! Many thanks... J
  14. Just saw Aldi will be stocking a 239ltr upright fridge (no freezer) next week for $299. Little expensive compared to a used eBay job, but not bad for a brand new unit... Thought some people might like to know
  15. Would this apply for the Helga's Cool Kolsch? I ask because the helga recipe (11.5g Fermentis US-05 Dry Yeast ) tells us to ferment at 16-18, but the other recipes on the coopers site (Strawberry Blonde and Blushing Blonde - both using only the yeast supplied under the lid) suggest a fermenting temp of 21-23 (approx.).... wouldn't adding both the yeasts kinda mean yeast under this lid would be fermenting very low....? Genuine question - i have no idea.... ... maybe i missed something?
  16. I was sent this link earlier: Brewie: World's first fully automated home-brewery https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brewie-world-s-first-fully-automated-home-brewery#/ I've no interest in it at all (Seems like an expensive bit of machinery to me) but I'd interested to hear the thoughts of some of the more experienced amongst us.... Seems like a bread machine that does everything but bake the bread.
  17. Hi all, Just realised I'm kinda supposed to introduce myself here.... I'm Jess, a stay at home dad to 2 kids, and i'm also an illustrator (shameless plug) when I can get the time to do anything. Both in school now, so get more . Originally from Sydney, I've lived in Ireland for the past 10.5 years, and moved back about 6 weeks ago; currently living the Southern Highlands til we work out where we want to actually live.... Horrified by the beer prices here now, and encouraged by a mate in Ireland who does it, I've decided to try the home-brew angle.... Fingers crossed. I'm finding this forum and excellent source of information, and inspiration - thanks! J
  18. I've got the latest ROTM, Helga's Cool Kolsch, and was a bit worried about this same thing, as the recipe calls for it to be fermented fairly cold - so thanks for covering most of my questions! I'm guessing i'd also be best off washing and sanitising the b'jaysus out of the cooling vessel too, and possibly covering it some how to stop any further nasties getting into the tap?
  19. Balls... Are these a new batch of taps? I've got a craft kit I scored for $30 in Aldi a couple of days ago, and i've just ordered a one for my main FV - wondering if they'll both be the same....
  20. Hi all, This Friday marks my first batch's 2 weeks in the FV. I've been letting it go without fussing it too much, other than to smell the burps emitted from the Airlock - everything seems fine. I'm not in any particular hurry, and might even wait another few days after the 2 week mark just to give it the little bit of extra love - but have realised a potential show stopper. Thing is, after putting together the FV, washing, sterilising, sanitising and getting it all going, following all the instructions do whatever to the bag in boiled water, spurge, add the extract, pitch yeast at temperature etc, i realise i had a piece of the FV left over in the bottom of the box. I can only assume it's the "sediment reducer" bit i hear rumour of, that presumably goes on the inside of the tap.... kinda looks like it would fit there. And reduce sediment. So, (1) i was wondering: is this something i should push through to the bottling with and potentially load a bunch of bottles with sediment (even if i wait for things to settle down in the FV); or do i need to investigate a secondary vessel to bottle from, having siphoned from the first to avoid the sediment...? and (2) I was planning to use the carbonation drops to prime the bottles, but if i need to move the brew to another vessel, should i not consider a bulk prime, just because I'm already half way there anyway....? I've a nice pair of brown strides i can wear to disguise any ill-effects i might have over my fears about all this, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. Essentially, I'd hate to screw up what seems to be a fairly decent first attempt!! In regards to point 1- I'm happy enough to get a second FV to get an alternating brew thing happening down the line, so maybe it's worth it anyway...? Any advice greatly appreciated!
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