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  1. DonPolo

    One Teaspoon is one Carbonation drop?

    Probably ta. In the second brew where I used the same recipe but some of the yeast cake, I did a 15 minute hop tea with some galaxy, citra and centennial but didn't leave the bags in; just squeezed them into the brew and left it at that. Will see how it turns out.
  2. DonPolo

    One Teaspoon is one Carbonation drop?

    Hmm the mystery continues. I opened a 330ml swing top of my 'kit and LDM kilo + raw sugar' APA last night after the obligatory two weeks carbing and then and two days in the fridge and it was pretty good I have to say. Not the creamiest head but creamy enough. I will open a PET tonight or tomorrow night and see if there is any noticeable difference in carbonation. PS - The process of using a Galaxy hop tea with leaving the bag for the whole fermentation seemed to work. Strongish 'passionfruity' Galaxy flavours but seemed well balanced by the maltiness. The hop flavour may have been a bit 'grassy' I'm not sure because I don't have a lot of experience picking those flavours but whatever it was, it was not unpleasant at all. So I'm going to say it was a 'Galaxy taste' rather than grassy.
  3. DonPolo

    One Teaspoon is one Carbonation drop?

    I was wondering in a very similar vein. If you are supposed to use one carbonation drop for a small bottle and two for the larger bottle is one being over carbonated or the other under carbonated? By that I mean, a lot of the 'small bottles' these days are 330ml and the recommendation is that we use one carbonation drop which is approximately 3g sugar. Two carbonation drops however is the recommendation for a 740ml Coopers 'long neck' PET bottle. Obviously the PET bottle is more beer than 2 x 330ml. So is the 330ml bottle being over carbonated or is the 740ml PET bottle being under carbonated. This may explain why when I use 330ml glass bottles and 740 ml PET bottles for the same brew, it is the glass bottles that seem to carbonate and hold a head the better. OK I realise that back in the day the usual size for 'stubbies' et al was 375ml and the 3g carbonation drop was appropriate.
  4. DonPolo

    YEAST Questions 2019

    Thanks. Yes the cap does push the hydrometer down but I do take it off to make a reading.
  5. DonPolo

    YEAST Questions 2019

    As suggested elsewhere on these pages, after drawing the sample which showed 1012, I have left it on the bench. I've covered the sample tube with the cap with the tube came with. The hydrometer is now showing 1007 one day after. So I guess I'll leave it until it doesn't drop anymore. My last brew got down to 1005. Then I was thinking that perhaps the initial drop was not necessarily because of fermentation. Is it possible that the density of sample, initially starting off at 18C was more dense than whatever it is now at kitchen temperature? That being said, am I right in guessing that there is still enough active yeast in the sample to continue the fermentation process at the same rate as what there is in the FV? Otherwise the 'single sample method' would make no sense.
  6. DonPolo

    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    For those that like that sort of thing: Aldi Irish specials this week:
  7. DonPolo

    YEAST Questions 2019

    At 1012 after four days, time to raise the temperature a bit from 18C to 'finish and clean up' do you think?
  8. DonPolo

    YEAST Questions 2019

    Ta!
  9. DonPolo

    YEAST Questions 2019

    Have I been over pitching and what are the symptoms? I normal halve a can of APA and add 500g of LDM plus some other sugars in 11 L in my craft fermenter. In my last brew, the predicted OG was 1045 from the Ian H spreadsheet. I have then been adding the sachet of yeast that comes with the kit. Is this too much yeast? For my current brew I added the last half the can (pasteurized) with a similar amount of sugars and used some of the yeast cake to start the brew. I suppose that it might have been about half a cup or maybe a little more, I didn't measure it, just poured in about half of the jar as suggested by Kelsey. I started getting a krausen right away but it was not particularly vigorous. It has died down now and is sitting at about 1012 after four days. I will probably leave it for a bit more expecting it to drop further. The previous brew dropped to 1005 after Ian H's spreadsheet predicted 1010. That started me thinking about over pitching and what effects that might have.
  10. DonPolo

    Finances and homebrew

    Do you think the still water equivalent bottles would be OK? My family's not particularly partial to the sparkling variety. Not that I need more bottles at the moment. Have about three dozen 740ml bottles to spare ATM plus 10 swing tops and that's quite a few craft fermenters worth.
  11. DonPolo

    Finances and homebrew

    Well now THAT is a new development!
  12. DonPolo

    Finances and homebrew

    I know this may be heresy but I have to be honest. I was staying at my son's place and he was away for the evening. Having arrived late and not having anything to drink, I opened his fridge to see what was on hand. There was one lonely Rivet Lager can in the door and I thought 'what the heck'. To my great surprise it wasn't all that bad! If I had to drink megaswill, it is certainly the right price. It won a bronze medal at the Australian International Beer Awards for whatever that is worth (probably not much) but I was surprised. Apparently it is brewed an Australian brewer in Vietnam.
  13. DonPolo

    Finances and homebrew

    So does that mean that the Aldi Rivet Lager at $28.99 per case is only making a gross profit for Aldi of $2.19 per case?
  14. DonPolo

    Finances and homebrew

    At the risk of alienating those, including me, who like to save money by buying packaged alcohol at Dan's or where ever. I wonder if the government has ever considered the community benefits that would accrue by taxing beer/cider in kegs less thus promoting drinking in pubs? It might be more difficult to reduce the cost of bottled spirits consumed in pubs but that is probably a good thing. I must admit that I have to think twice when I have to pay $28 for couple of pints of some craft beers at a pub when for not much more I can produce about 40 pints of a kit ($16 APA ) and kilo ($8 x 2 LDM) brew, less when they're on special.
  15. DonPolo

    latest brews have no carbonation

    This has happened to me. Just one maybe two random bottles for no reason. I thought that I might have missed putting in the drops or the priming sugar but now have a system of separating the bottles after each prime. Plus then then I check the bottom of each bottle to ensure that there is sugar there. Use the tea towel. Still, every now and then; one soft bottle and when opened, totally flat and the top was hard to get off so properly screwed on.
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