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  1. I'd purely be guesstimating but if Coopers suggest a 6 pack of stubbies I'd work on 6 of my own longnecks to ensure I have enough.
  2. Hey Lab. I reckon making a yeast starter from the bottles would be easier than from the FV trub. That's why I'm going to do it. I plan to do it with the brew that I made with CCA yeast. Then there's no need to buy a new slab. (Don't tell Coopers) It's an oldie but a goodie the copper gag.
  3. There would have to be brewers doing this but I haven't read or seen videos of anyone doing it and when it dawned on me I decided you all should know, just in case it never crossed your mind either. OK, so I've salvaged yeast from the trub in the FV a few times now and I've also reactivated the yeast from Coopers Pale Ale stubbies. As I was doing the former, cleaning a number of jars, cooling boiled water, separating trub from yeast and so on, I thought to myself, "Muzz, why don't you just gather the yeast from your own brewed bottles after drinking? Like you would if you were salvaging yeast from Coopers stubbies." I'm sure it's a simpler method. Most of the trub is already removed. You don't need to sanitise jars. Just put the lid back on and back in the fridge. Obviously you could add a little water to swish it out and condense a few bottles into one. As I mentioned people are probably doing it already but I hadn't seen anything on it anywhere myself. This has been a home brewing epiphany moment for me. Cheers!
  4. I've never done any dry hops but I have added hop teas to the APA. Usually around 20g steeped for 30 minutes added to the brew when mixing it all together. EKG hops was good, Cluster hops were even better. Keep in mind, this is my tastes. Yours may differ. Good luck with it. Oh, I usually add brew enhancer 2 as my fermentable.
  5. With your SG as low as 1.004 I don't think you should be too concerned but to give yourself peace of mind, are you able to store the bottles somewhere safe? eg. in boxes in a shed for instance. It's easier to hose out a shed than a spare bedroom.
  6. At 1.004 for 2 days you could safely say it's finished primary ferment. There might be an infection in your beer but it's nothing to worry about. I occasionally have had these rings around the necks. While they look unappealing the beer has tasted fine and I've drank them all. I'm still here to tell you about it. It would pay to make sure your cleaning and sanitising processes are up to a good standard. Happy brewing.
  7. Sharing some love for this young man from Adelaide, Stefan Hauk. Great blues guitarist who's featured on a few tracks with Hindley Street Country Club, who's success has really taken off recently. Unfortunately a few guest spots with HSCC won't pay his bills. Stefan is soon to release a single, Truth, accompanied by Lachey Doley and Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. If you like what you hear here please subscribe to his Youtube and other socials. I've known this guy since he was about 8. Very talented, hard working and passionate musician. He deserves some success. I hope you enjoy.
  8. I usually only add the BE2. Adding the 500g of malt will only improve it, IMHO.
  9. Is this going to be like @King Ruddager's oyster stout?
  10. @DonPolo & @Journeyman my flat bottles aren't due to no rinse sanitiser. I don't use it. I only wash my bottles with sodium perc laundry soaker and rinse.
  11. Thanks, Shamus. I can never pick subtle differences in tastes either but it's not such a bad thing to have an unrefined palate. It means I can enjoy more things without worrying they don't taste right.
  12. Thanks for clearing that up, CDIYBT. It sort of makes sense now.
  13. Hi @David Wolfenden, As you're just starting out, I'd recommend the below recipe. Very simple and all the ingredients are available at Dan's. It might not be as hoppy as you'd like but you can add extra hops if you have them. Dan doesn't sell hops as far as I know. Click on the recipe page to find other beers that you might like the sound of. https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/green-neck-lager.html
  14. Yeah, most have been OK to drink but I'd say their carbonation is not optimum compared to the ones that don't go as soft.
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