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    Carbonation Drop Quantity

    Hello, Quick question for you all. Previously i have used 1 teaspoon of brewing sugar for my 500ml bottles. This seems to work fine. I haven’t used many carbonation drops before apart from when I first got my kit. I used two drops per the 750 ml bottles. I have drops sitting needing to be used and no access to brewing sugar. Bottling day is fast approaching. How many carbonation drops drops would you recommend per 500ml bottle. Don’t want the beer to be flat or the bottles to explode. And surely I can’t cut the drops in half! Can I? any help is appreciated! Kyle
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    Carbonation Drop Quantity

    Report back and let us know how you get on!
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    Carbonation Drop Quantity

    Thanks guys!
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    Carbonation Drop Quantity

    That’s great guys thanks for all the help! On reading your your advice I think I’ll do a bit of everything, label the bottles and see if I can notice a difference between them all. By the sounds of it I’ll not ruin it by doing different techniques and hopefully I can find my preference. On a slightly different matter. How long, on average, are you leaving the bottle before you drink? I found a few bottles that I had given family member who hadn’t drank theirs (about 1 year from bottling day) and the improvement was huge. Thanks.
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    Dry Hopping with Kits

    Hey everybody!!! Hope you are all well and thanks for reading my post. I’ve been away from brewing for over a year and getting back into it. I have a coopers blonde blonde kit that I plan on doing at the weekend. Nothing fancy purely the kit plus 1kg brewing sugar. But I have hops left over from last time when I done a BIAB. To be precise 30g Simcoe pellets. Would these be be suitable to throw in the FV? If so what’s the best way to do this? Do I need to boil them prior to putting in? Can I throw them in loose of get them in a bag? look forward to your brewing expertise! Cheers, fae Scotland!
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    Dry Hopping with Kits

    Perfect that’ll do!
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    Dry Hopping with Kits

    Just throwing in a side question. I’m sure I used 1tsp of brewing sugar per 500ml bottle in the past. That be right enough yeah??
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    Dry Hopping with Kits

    Cool ta. It’s just 30g of Simcoe that I have left over from a previous brew. I think I’ll just drop them in about day five then and see how I get on. Thanks for your help.
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    Dry Hopping with Kits

    Brilliant thanks. I’ll just drop them in I think. I tend to leave in the FV for three weeks so you think I should put them in week two and leave in for one week?
  10. Hey guys, So I was wondering what handy tips, hints and tricks you have for getting the best results for carbonation. My current method is as follows - - for 500ml glass bottle with crown caps I use 1 level tea spoon of dextrose brewing sugar - store for three weeks in dark 18 degrees c room - prior to opening the bottle for consumption ill put in the fridge for 24 hours Very basic methods, although I do feel that the head on my beer hasn't been great on my last brews. So it's something I'm looking to improve on. So as I said before does anyone have any tips, hints or tricks to improve this or is this as much as I can do. Cheers
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    Best Bottle Carbonation Techniques!

    Hey guys, Well I suppose I'm looking for better head retention. I've never had a flat beer yet so carbonation seems to be going well. I'll defo look into bulk priming Christina. It does sound a little more simple. Although I only have the one FV at the moment and I am doing smaller batches (11 litres) so measuring the tea spoon of priming sugar isn't the worst. Kelsey, I didn't realise that head retention came from the grain bill. I'm not at the stage of making my own recipes yet so if I don't get good head retention I won't take it personally ;) Good to know and I'll keep it in mind if I decide to make some minor adjustments to recipes. Thanks again.
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    URN/KETTLE/BOILER

    Hey guys! Hope you are all well! So quick question for you all...I'm looking to upgrade to a boiler/urn to make BIAB's. Best way to describe why I'm looking for is something like King Ruddager has and uses in his videos. My hob pot I was using just wasn't working for unforeseen reasons. I know the majority of you are in Oz, and elsewhere, however can any of you recommend one for a decent price. I seen this http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Stainless-Steel-56-Ltr-Electric-Boiler.html and thought it look quite good. But I'm struggling to find other options, I know you guys rave about the Crown Urns, are these simply water boilers or specifically made for home brew. Hope this wasn't a generic question and you guys know what I mean! All the best from a sunny Scotland!
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    URN/KETTLE/BOILER

    Yeah should be straight forward! Here's hoping anyway! I had the recipe recommend to me so I'm quite excited about it now!
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    URN/KETTLE/BOILER

    Cheers Kelsey! I ended up going for a gas burner. I've already got the gas in the garage and just had to pick up a burner from a LHBS! It arrives tomorrow along with ingredients for a Sierra Nevada pale ale! So I'll get to put it to the test!
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    URN/KETTLE/BOILER

    Sounds great ta, to be honest I'm struggling to find much else. Crown do the pre assembled one at 40 litres but I can find any suppliers in the U.K. I'll keep hunting. As long as it will boil eventually that'll do the job for me. And as long as it's not rediculously long should be fine! Cheers
  16. Hi everyone! Hope you are well today. So I thought i'd share my experience of my first ever BIAB with you all. I imagine this is going to be a lengthy post so feel free to not to read on. However for you beginners out there (like me) you may pick up some tips, but more than likely you won't! For you pro's any help is more than welcome. My history of brewing looks like this - Got Starter Kit in Jan 2016...done that...it was good...done two more...they were also good...ok good now were up to date. Then I kept seeing these post about all grain and BIAB and I thought id dig a little deeper into what it meant. And on reading and watching videos about it I thought, hey i can give that a go. I went into my LHBS and spoke with the guy for a good wee while about BIAB, in the end he recommended i use Maris Otter grain and go with a simple SMASH recipe to start off with. I then went onto Brewers Friend I believe it was, and found a maris otter cascade SMASH. I then bought myself a 19 litre pot, as discussed in another post i wanted to try slightly smaller batches. I then got pointed in the direction of the dreaded BIABacus and after a while...a long while...a long long while, i finally figured the basics of it out and this is what it told me to do. I have translated this into basic steps - - Heat 14 litres strike water - add the grain (in a bag) into the water and mash (keep in the water at 67c) for 90 mins - after 90 mins remove bag and sparge with a further 3 litres, then squeeze the goodness out the bag and back into the pot. - whilst bringing to the boil add 11.5g Simcoe Hops (I believe this is called first wort hopping) - after 40 mins add 35g simcoe - after a further 15 mins add another 11.5g simcoe - after a total of an hour boiling switch stove off. - This should leave me with about 10 litre or so in FV. Now this is the stage I'm actually at as I'm writing this post. The pot is currently in the sink surrounded cold water (not so cold anymore) trying to cool it to about 20c as i type. My next stage is to transfer to the FV and add the yeast. I would now like to tell you about some issues/queries i have. - My grain bag was smaller than i thought, the grain was packed together tightly and i was afraid that the grain never had room to move around and for all the goodness to come out. - There were lots of little floaters, bits of grain and flour, coming through the bag, is this ok? - Maintaining the temp at 67c was easier than i thought. My final temp was about 64c. - Removing the grain bag is a B*tch!That dude is heavy and holding it above pot to sparge was downright awkward. Note to self...must buy draining board or similar to put above pot. - I had a wee muslin bag that i tied to the handles of the pot and put my hops into (similar to king ruddagers youtube vids, they appeared to submerge nicely. Im unsure if First wort hopping was good or bad though. Should i have waited and put the first lot in when it first started to boil. - The hops smell amazing and i could easily sit with the packet tied to my nose, the smell at the end of the boil was perhaps quite bitter? I don't know I'm still learning? It doesn't smell like i was hoping it would...maybe it'll be better when it cools. - Cooling the pot so far seems like hard work...another note to self, invest in one of those copper swirly things to cool pot faster. So i can't foresee many issues with with pouring the wort into the FV. Ill take my time and hopefully get all the floaty bits out by passing it through a strainer...a very small strainer...wooops. Then after that its pretty much what I've done in the starter kits packs etc etc. Just a wee side note for Kelsey if you read this. I took reading in order to get my mash efficiency. Stupid me though forgot to buy a wee stick to measure my volume so i guesstimated the volume pre boil at 16 litres (ill be more accurate next time). The SG was 1.026 however the temp of the sample was 58c. I put all of this in the calculator you told me about and it gave a reading of 1.038. Once i get the wort into the FV ill get a more accurate volume reading and take another hydrometer reading. Sorry for blabbing on, i wish i could have took more time to write this properly but its early in the morn here (0115) and I kinda want bed. However i thought id share my experience with you all. ***UPDATE*** Volume in FV was 11 litres. OG appears to be 1.038. Tasted the sample and the hops about blew my head off. Have i over hopped, very powerful. Will this die down. Cheers!
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    Is my logic right here?

    Hey, so I wrote a big massive post but decided to delete it as my question is simple really. I was converting a 23 litre recipe to half the size. In order to suit my pot size for BIAB. The original recipe says to mash 4.66kg of pilsner malt in 11.6 litre then sparge up to 27 litre (4 litre then lost on boil, resulting in a 23 litre in FV). Can I mash half the grain 2.33kg in 11.5 litre of water and sparge with 4 litre of water to make pre boil volume of 15.5 litre. This accounting for 4 litre evaporation during the boil. Does the volume of strike water matter, as long as I'm left with the correct amount going into the FV which should be 11.5 litre. Which is half of the original recipe as I wanted. Or should the strike water be half of what the original recipe says ie 11.6/2=5.8litre. Then sparge up to 15.5litre? I hope this makes sense. I know my evaporation rate may not and probably will not be 4 litre exactly and I need to account for loss of volume when transferring into FV etc. But in general will the strike water need to be half of the original recipes or will I get the same end result in the end. Cheers.
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    Wow, so, er...just a quick update. I have been rather absent from posting some replies and engaging in conversation on the forum of late. However I have been keeping an eye in and reading lots of posts and taking in lots of information. So, tonight, after a long and dull backshift...I decided to come home and open my first bottle of my BIAB brew. I was a bit nervous as my previous post explains the strange after taste left after tasting from the FV into bottles. So I put it in the fridge for about half an hour and then went for it. As I opened the bottle I heard the satisfactory pftsshh, alerting me that the bottle appears to have carbonated. Although I had left them in the garage in slightly cooler temps of late but I was happy enough with the level of carbonation. So I went for it, and be under no illusions this is not the best beer that has ever been tasted or made by man. But it's my first ever proper BIAB and man, I'm super chuffed, super proud and absolutely loved the taste! I'm absolutely over the moon with it, after doubting myself so much over the process I'm delighted with how it tastes! So just a quick update, but long and short is that it has been a success! And thanks to everyone who helped and contributed to my questions and others that have been posted on this thread. WOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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    1st time brewer

    Hey. In my very limited experience id say this is probably normal. How many days have you been fermenting? The longer you leave it in the fermenter the clearer it'll become. I've had three weeks recommend to me and that's how long I leave my brews for. They also become clearer after spending some time carbonating in the bottle. I hope this answers the question. Although there are far more experienced brewers on here than me! Happy brewing. The best hobby in the world!
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    Brilliant. I am excited to see he end result. I think considering its my first ever AG it's mostly worked out pretty well. I'll be sure to report back!
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    Hey guys. Thanks for that I don't feel as worried about it now. The initial taste of the beer is good. The smell is good. It just seems to leave a really strong after taste. This may not be from the hops. My limited experience isn't certain. I will give it three weeks in the bottle before I taste one. You never know... Oh and this might seem like a silly question. On my starter kits I carbonated 500ml bottle with a tea spoon of brewing sugar. I take it I was meant to do that even with an AG BIAB? Because I did.....
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    Hey guys, So I bottled my brew today. And frankly I think I'm going to be disappointed. Not too much to say but I think there's FAR too much hops in there. Any advice. For a 10 litre batch I had something like a total of 49 grans of hops. The exact recipe is at the start of this thread. I also done a first wort hop and used the same hop throughout the boil. Would this have made much of a difference? I took an FG reading and its 1.008. If you can remember my OG was 1.037 but I think that was a mistake. So we'll assume 1.040 as an OG. That gives me a 4.2abv. Which I'm happy with (if that's accurate). The beer itself looks cloudy but pale. I think what it should look like to be honest. It's the main thing though...the taste...that's got me a little upset. I spent ages trying to figure out the BIABacus to convert a recipe to fit my 20 litre pot. I think I'll stick with Kelsey's method and just dovode by .40. Kelsey - I'm assuming that goes for hops too? I know if still got carbonation to go and things might settle down but it's just too strong (leaves a not so pleasant after taste) for it to be nice once secondary fermentation is complete. Cheers guys.
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    Hey guys, Barely had time to keep up to date with the forum. However I've now finally reached days off and I bottle my brew today. Which also means I'll get a wee taste. I'll report back. Glad to hear you succeeded Mike! Great news! I'm also looking for another recipe but don't know what yet. Maybe a wheat beer. Happy brewing! PS I'll be checking out your Instagram page!
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    First Ever BIAB - Trials and Tribulations!

    All the best Mike!!! Keep us posted! Quick question for you all. I bottle on Friday (3 weeks in FV). I'll not be taking two FG reading as my batch is small, but I will take one to determine ABV. I'm assuming that fermentation will be finished. I still have a few "sedimenty" but floating on top. Leftovers of the krausen of u like. Is this ok? Do I just go ahead and bottle it anyway or should I fish it out? Cheers!
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