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  1. lamensterms

    Mini Keg Set Up Suggestions..

    Thanks for the replies guys. John I also have some tap-a-draft gear... Got it second hand and worked ok for a few bottles. But then the CO2 holder started to crack. Bit of a shame as they worked well when they worked. The mini kegs will be replacing the tap-a-draft stuff
  2. Hey guys, Thinking about getting some Kegland mini kegs, just after a few suggestions for a set up to get me started. I'd prefer to go mini kegs with smaller CO2 bottle (thinking SodaStream), as I don't really have the fridge space for corny kegs (or space for a dedicated keg fridge). I'm leaning towards a couple of 5L mini kegs, SodaStream bottles with a proper regulator (not a mini regulator) and picnic taps. I do hope to upgrade to a more serious keg system in the future (got a few mates on my back about it), but baby steps haha. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks for the help guys
  3. lamensterms

    Co2 Refills?

    Hey guys, Where do you guys get your Co2 tanks refilled? Looking online and apparently BCF, Anaconda, Bunnings & BBQs Galore do refills. Any suggestions for best value refills? Anything else worth knowing? I think my mate has a 4kg bottle, how many 19L corny kegs would you expect that would carb & serve? Thanks guys
  4. lamensterms

    Flat beer

    Hey man, when you 'recondition', did you agitate the yeast to wake it up or just raise the conditioning temp and the yeast got started again on their own? I'm having a bit of trouble with bottle conditioning this winter too.
  5. lamensterms

    Brigalow Bottle Washing Powder - What Is It?

    It's important to stay alkaline ?
  6. lamensterms

    Brigalow Bottle Washing Powder - What Is It?

    Thanks a lot for the replies and info. As Worthog mentioned... Brigalow also sell Sodium Metabisulphite (though they call it Sodium Metabisulphate) - which suggest that the bottle wash powder could be something else. I've emailed Brigalow - will let you guys know if they know what it is haha
  7. Hey guys, I usually order most of my brew supplies online - ingredients, equipment and cleaning supplies. I've run out of sodium perc, and have picked up some Brigalow Home Brew Bottle Washing Powder, which is apparently 97.5% Alkaline Salts. I'm planning on using this until I restock the sodium perc. I'll wash with the Brigalow Powder, rinse & then sanitise with Star San. Just wondering... what is/are "Alkaline Salts"? Wikipedia says that sodium perc is an alkaline salt. Does anyone know if the Brigalow powder is, in fact sodium perc? Thanks for the help guys.
  8. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    Thanks Joolbag. I was pretty happy with the washed yeast in the end, hopefully there's enough viable cells to get going OK. Pitched it about 14 hours ago and now seeing a thin krausen formed over the top of the wort. Looking good so far I think, will post back if anything suspicious happens. Cheers guys
  9. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    Thanks for the replies guys. I've cold crashed the starter, photo below. I poured a little beer off the top of the starter, smells fine, still tastes a little tangy/sour - but I'm still gunna give it a go. I've come this far, and even if it turns out to be bad - I'll know for next time if these mild sour flavours are acceptable or not. Thanks again for the help and advice - wish me luck??
  10. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    Thanks a lot for the reply Lusty. I've made and fermented out the starter now (only had small jars so I'm quite sure the starter is too small - but I still wanted to give it a go). Wound up with about a 750ml starter. I'm cold crashing the starter now - will post a photo once the yeast has settled. At the moment, the starter smells OK (doesn't really smell like much at all, to be honest), and still tastes a little bit sour/tangy. I don't really have an educated palette, so I'm not too sure if I am tasting bitterness or yeast flavour that I am perceiving as slightly sour. At the moment in 50/50 on whether I should pitch it or not... I'll wait for the yeast to settle, sample the starter beer - and then decide. If I'm still 50/50... I think I'll just pitch it and see haha. My only real reservation is... if it is indeed infected, and does contaminate my next beer and equipment, how stubborn can these infections be? I have read that for plastic fermenters, once infected it can be difficult (or impossible) to clean well enough to eliminated the infection. I feel my washing and sanitation practices are pretty good. But I am worried that if the beer turns out to get an infection, I'll have to replace a lot of my gear too. Thanks for the help Lusty.
  11. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    This is the washed yeast that I'm saving, got another jar that I'll use to make the starter (wort cooling now).
  12. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    Wanted to add, I collect the trub last Tuesday, washed it the next day (last Wednesday), and it has been sitting in the fridge since then.
  13. lamensterms

    How to tell if washed yeast is still good?

    Hey guys, Wow.. new forum, I'm sure it has been discussed at length haha - nice work Coopers, long overdue freshen-up. Just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to tell is washed yeast is still good to use. I collected the slurry from my last brew - and washed the yeast, pretty much followed this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPYUFJ4bPD4. I think the harvest/was process went ok, washed once and managed to get most of the trub out, but a little trub remains in with the yeast. Coming to make my starter from the washed yeast - wondering if there's any ways to tell if the yeast is still good/clean? It looks OK, smells a little bit sour and tastes... I don't know haha. It's bitter (expected cos of the trub?) - maybe even spicy? I'll make the starter and see how it's looking tomorrow. I'll post a few photos in the next post. Thanks for any help guys. ---EDIT--- accidently posted the first post before I had finished, couldn't edit it.
  14. Hey guys, Wow.. new forum, I'm sure it has been discussed at length haha - nice work Coopers, long overdue freshen-up.
  15. Awesome, thanks for the help and advice Otto. Wish me luck haha