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  1. Olemate

    Location of brewing fridge

    I reckon the poor old fridge will be working it's guts out in summer and same with the heat pad/belt in winter (with power bill to suit). Perhaps, if you are stuck with that position, some sort of reflective foil, such as an emergency blanket, positioned just so, could help reflect some of the heat. If it an older fridge with the radiator elements on the back, maybe you could put some insulation batts around the main part of the fridge. If it's one of the new fangled fridges with the internal condenser panels it's much more difficult. Mark
  2. Olemate

    LDM For Making A Starter

    I agree John. I figured that a flask is easier to seal against possible contamination. As I said originally I've made quite a few starters and by doing as Greeny suggests (turning gas right down) I've prevented boil overs. Normally a 2L starter in a 5L flask provides enough head room, but not this time using Coopers LDM, but this mother just kept foaming and foaming, and there seemed an abnormal amount of flakey bits. Re. cleaning, I find that a dose of percarb. usually does the job, if not, backed up with a bottle brush. Cheers Mark
  3. Afternoon all, and a happy new year to one and all! Making up a 2L starter this morning with 200gms Coopers LDM in a 5L flask. Brought to the boil and watched for the hot break. When it occurred I turned the gas off but the foam kept going and going, finally coming out the top of the flask. I faffed about for at least 30 minutes, gas on gas off, waiting for the foam to die down as it had on past occasions, a lot of flakes of grey shite floating about. Previously I had only ever used LDM from our LHBS and not had an issue like this. Has anyone else had the same sort of issue with the Coopers LDM? Also does anyone know just what those grey flakey bits are? I've actually seen them last through fermentation and end up in the keg. Mark
  4. Olemate

    Temps for kegging

    Do you have access under the house? Temp there is generally cooler and reasonably stable. Not much chop if you have a concrete slab floor though.🤷♂
  5. Olemate

    Inkbird Help

    I've had the same thing happen several times and, as Hairy says, it was the compressor delay which can be quite long on some fridges. It's only when you are sweating on the fridge to kick in that you notice it. Each time you turn it off, the restart/try another power point exercise only starts the delay all over again.
  6. Olemate

    Keg Hopping

    Thanks Norris, I'm kegging on Boxing Day and I'll try 30gms Centennial in my pale ale and see how it goes.
  7. Olemate

    Keg Hopping

    I'm keen to try keg hopping as well, picked up a hop spider, the type with a screw on lid and short length of s/s chain to suspend under the keg lid. I usually dry hop with around 30 - 40gms of hops. Has anyone actually experienced this "grassiness" we hear of from prolonged hop exposure to the beer? And, if so what hops create this effect, or perhaps it's a weight of hops thing? I'd prefer to leave the spider in there till she blows if I can.
  8. Olemate

    Dry ingredients alternative

    Dan Murphys also carry a range of brew enhancers and light dry malt, as do Woolies, albeit in a much reduced stock these days. Failing that, you used to be able to buy Cans of Cornwalls Malt Extract from supermarkets.
  9. The general discussions I've read, point to using LDM in starters. I ran out, so I used dextrose. The little beasties seem to be chomping away merrily. Is there any real difference, at the end of the day?🤷♂
  10. Olemate

    Poppet Valves

    Afternoon all. I have a number of 19L cornies that aren't the newer "universal" poppets, ie loose spring and metal plug with "O" ring. Mine, I think, are the older one piece style with 3 "claws" that are pushed up into the post. Does anyone know whether the newer style "universal" style will fit into my posts or are they a different thing altogether? Cheers.
  11. Olemate


    Strewth mate, I've only been back into brewing for about 18 months and I'm up to brew # 61. Admittedly, nowhere near as complex, nor the volume of your AG output. Yes, well maybe I've got more freeloader family/mates who continually "drop by", 2 adult sons and a FIL who seem insatiable, for starters. BTW, I've put the ex. frozen CCA yeast into a starter and it's firing up nicely, still trying to nut out that stupid kegerator, so my Christmas beer is back on track.
  12. Olemate


    100 brews Kelsey??? It's gotta be a whole lot more than that surely, did you miss a zero?
  13. Olemate

    Frozen Beer

    Thanks chaps. Kelsey, that's what I've done this arvo. Left the controller out of the loop, except to monitor temp. Set freezer to it's lowest temp setting (there's no cabinet temp. control, flow-down from the freezer chills the cabinet). I'll see how that goes. Maybe the gifted fridge is more like an albatross! The beer, now defrosted tastes OK but some of the hop flavour seems to have been stripped (it's one of my standbyes so I know how it should taste). It also looks very cloudy. We'll see how it goes over the next few days. Glad this didn't happen later as I've got all my ducks lined up to brew/gas my Christmas beers. Re. slurry, I'll see if I can reboot it with a starter. Cheers
  14. Olemate

    Frozen Beer

    Thanks Kelsey. As I said, by disconnecting the temp. controller I left the fridge to it's own devices to see just what sort of temperatures/deviation it was capable of. Even on a moderate freezer setting iceland was the result. Turning the fridge power completely off, as the controller does, resets the fridge's computer to some sort of default setting. The controller then turns the fridge power back on but, the internal default setting is higher than the controller setpoint and so it won't cool below that. On other fridges we just screw the manual adjustment to it's lowest and the controller is in charge. Pity about my slurry, 2 of them were CCA. Cheers
  15. Olemate

    Frozen Beer

    Thought I had my new kegerator set up properly, but it went feral during the night, got down to -9 degrees and froze 2 full cornies and 4 PET bottles of yeast slurry. It's all defrosting now but would appreciate your thoughts on the impact on the beer and slurry? I had previously set the kegerator up with the temp. controller to control around the 2 degree mark, but this new fridge is computer controlled and needs power supply to maintain it's settings. Initially the controller cooled to 2 degrees and then switched the fridge off. This reset the internal controller to about 6 degrees, so when the controller came back on it wouldn't cool below 6 degrees. I decided to just run the fridge under it's own steam, ie. power to the computer always on. and see what sort of temps it would run at. I stuck a max / min thermometer in there overnight to find iceland this morning. To make matters worse, I've run out of beer!!!