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  1. During winter i put my bottles in 2 cardboard boxes which fit in my fermentation fridge. I tape the probe from my inkbird to one of the bottles under a bit of stubby holder in the box on the bottom shelf and hang my heat belt around the top shelf, so it's in the middle of the fridge effectively. Set the inkbird to 19 degrees leave it for 2 weeks. Beer carbonates up fine and doesn't use much power because the fridge holds temp really well.
  2. I had to use my brew fridge to chill the wort down over a few hours to get it to pitching temp. I also sanitised a couple of plastic containers (IKEA 2lts ones with clip on lids work well) and froze water in them before the brew day and dumped the ice blocks into the pot after whirlpool to help bring temp down. I did this because I always planned to top up to 21 ltrs anyway so the melted ice just made up some of the top up volume. Bit unorthodox, but it works for me. Can't justify the wastage of water and cost of buying an immersion chiller at this stage of my brewing.
  3. All done in the big W pots too
  4. Yeah it takes a while for the stove to get it up to the boil but it's doable. I've played with steeping grains before in a smaller pot, have made a couple of galaxy based extract beers with some oats to make a sort of lower abv NEIPA which I really liked. I'm gonna have a crack at a mini biab once winter is over and I move away from the darker beers I've been making for winter.
  5. I did a quick pale ale recently. Boiled the 1kg of BE2 and 500g DME in 14 ltrs of water. 7g Galaxy at 10 mins 15g Galaxy at 5 mins 25g Galaxy at FO/whirlpool. Chilled down added to FV with tin of APA, topped up to 21 ltrs. Cooper's commercial ale yeast at 18 degrees. Dry hopped with 70g Galaxy. Bloody beautiful beer.
  6. I recall that similar lost about an eBay urn because I was interested in one as well. Im pretty sure whoever posted about it said the urn had trouble keeping a rolling boil and cut out a lot or something.
  7. I harvested some CCA yeast from my latest batch of pale ale. It was left to settle in a large jar. Once it settled I poured off the water and filled 2 X mason jars. The 1st jar filled was pretty clean. I didn't expect to have enough for a second jar but I did, so in it went. The second jar looks to have some trub transferred into it. I put it in the fridge to settle but it looks like the trub is on top of the yeast. Would this second jar be still useable or should I just turf it? This strain of CCA yeast has been used in 2 batches previous to the one I've just done too.
  8. I use the inkbird with the probe taped under a piece of stubby holder, attached to the FV. Heat belt is wrapped around the FV. When bottle conditioning I have all the bottles in 2 boxes, on 2 shelves. The probe is under stubby holder foam and taped to one of the bottles on the bottom shelf. The heat belt is then loosely wrapped around the front of the upper shelf and only turns on every so often to keep the temp at around 19 degrees. Has worked well so far. I keep the bottles in boxes as it's easy to contain them if there's any bombs, which I've never had happen since I began brewing about 2 years ago. Easy to take in n out of the fridge too.
  9. My latest batch has only been in the bottle a week, so had a quick look at the offers on Uncle Dan's and did a cheeky click n collect on the way home from work, enjoying these tonight for hopefully a blues victory in the state of origin. Quite easy drinking, good aroma and citrus notes. Would buy again. $19 a six pack on spesh.
  10. It's a good place to be down here (SA). Will be interesting to see how sparkling is in a can. I still reckon pale ale tastes different in a can and I prefer it in the bottle. However with session ale, I prefer it in the can. Dunno what it is.
  11. Cooper's will release their new XPA in purple cans in August. Best news I heard all day.
  12. You can buy 6 X headmaster schooner glasses off eBay for about $30 (give or take) but the postage is a bit pricey. Cooper's should offer to sell their pint glasses at their ale houses for a few extra bucks and that'd solve everything
  13. Correction. They're actually a pint glass. Win
  14. I just got a couple of schooner glasses from IKEA they were only $2 each so I'll see if they're any good or not...
  15. Yes. But his videos are painful to endure.
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