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  1. You are right of course. My faith, like most, is built on dodgy ground. That said, it has served me faultlessly for several years. That is perhaps why I’m a bit defensive of it. That and a working life spent amongst technology which has left me with a profound appreciation of simplicity. I fully appreciate the need for a hydrometer for most of the brewers on this forum- given that many, or most take their brewing to a higher level than mine. My head is not completely in the sand. Who knows,I may venture forth, when such things are permitted, and buy one ,if only to see what all the fuss is about. Meanwhile.keep safe and brew good beer!
  2. I have used an airlock since I started brewing. I am not nuts -well not noticeably so anyway. I like my airlock. I have been known to sit and watch it’s rhythmic pulsing for longer than is strictly necessary. (Yes ,maybe I need to get out more) I love it’s simplicity and efficiency. It lets the Co2 out and stops the nasties getter in. Very clever! I also find that on a well sealed vessel,it provides me with a reliable indication of the progress of fermentation. So much so,in fact,I never bother with a hydrometer. I have read and heard all the expert advice on the subject,such as “ you’ll get your caught one day”, or that a hydrometer is the only way to track fermentation. All good,sound advice I’m sure, based on knowledge and experience. But while I continue to reliably and consistently produce excellent beer without it,I will regard it as an unnecessary complication. I know I do harp a bit on the keep it simple theme,but that’s how I like it. In a couple of hours every few weeks I can make all the beer I can reasonably,and occasionally unreasonably,drink. And I’m not nuts. No! Now if those men in white coats would go away I might crack a bottle of my favourite Nut Brown Ale. Perhaps if I offered them a drink- - -? . I hope your brewing brings you happiness in these uncertain times. Cheers.
  3. No no! Not that. I,too,am a frugal man. We frugal chaps are better than others at making efficient use of available resources. Just don’t ask us to spend any money!
  4. Never had a problem with the plastics over many cycles. A firm hand grip tighten, and a final check of all bottles before storage has always been sufficient. Of course if you don’t have a firm hand grip, or tend to limpness of the wrists ,you may need some assistance- - -
  5. My record shop man tells me Lou Rawls CDs are flying off the shelf at the moment.
  6. No need to apologise,I do understand. My protestations may have been overstated, but I do thoroughly enjoy the bottling business. I’m quite sure the idea of a mini pub at home would have appealed to my younger self ,but not now. If you’re enjoying your brews as much as I enjoy mine,then you’re doing fine. Good to correspond. Cheers.
  7. Once again.Herr Von Blotto I must take you to task for your dismissive attitude to us proud bottlers. Bottling day is my favourite part of the whole process. The day before, the bottles, thoroughly rinsed after use,are sanitised and left to dry upside down overnight. On the day, the FV is placed at convenient height and a ritual tasting is performed with due solemnity. The priming solution is gently stirred in and while it is dispersing throughout the brew, the bottles are lined up. I then get myself comfortably seated and the wonderful process begins. One by one the bottles are filled, each in turn becoming a precious container of future pleasure and satisfaction. They are then stored in a warm place for two weeks,then cellared away for four more before the fun begins. I understand you kegging chaps would think that is a long time to wait, but we bottlers are , by and large,a patient breed. Anyway, enjoy your kegging . I’m sure it has it’s charms, in a clinical, industrial sort of way. I shall stick to my not-so-humble bottles. Cheers and happy brewing.
  8. Interesting article. It refers mainly to commercial,filtered,sediment free beer, with no yeast to use up the oxygen as it does in bottle fermentation. My scepticism remains unmoved
  9. Exercise for the fingers I think,Geoff. Yes,your reflection on glass bottles is pertinent. The fact that they don’t squeeze and are widely regarded as superior containers, says it all.
  10. Yes indeed. I find I still can’t resist having one or two plastics per brew, for that reassuring hardness test a couple of days after bottling.
  11. My favourite non alcoholic drink is Bundaberg ginger beer. A nice drink, and it comes in a stout, brown 750ml bottle with a reusable metal screw cap.They are ideal home brew bottles. I have reused the caps countless times and they are still going strong. If you consume 1 or2 a week over a year or so you soon accumulate a good supply of bottles. At around $2 on special you are getting the bottles for nothing. I have more than I can use now and am sending them to recycling, keeping the tops for future use. I have used them for a couple of years and have had no problems at all. Now I have a stack of plastics with nowhere to go- -.”
  12. Bit of a problem with the squeezing. My bottles are all glass. To each his own of course, but I still think it wise to master the basics, get some good beers under your belt( literally!) before plunging in too deep. After that there is, as we know ,no limit except the amount of time you wish to spend. Therein,I suspect ,lies my limit. Cheers.
  13. Indeed it can be,and that’s how I like it. It worries me a little that some brewers, newcomers mostly, come diving into the pool, splashing all the water out and expecting to make the world’s greatest beer first up. I suspect they won’t last. Good luck to those experts who seriously follow the rabbit hole to it’s end. That path is not for me. I enjoy the simple process of making great beer,gently assisting nature to work her magic. It is a gentle, relaxing and deeply satisfying process..Reading these pages recently makes me aware that some have an altogether different approach. Good luck to them, but when I read of squeezing the plastic bottle to get the air out- - - give me strength!! Keep it simple, observe the basics ,enjoy the beer. Cheers.
  14. Perhaps I should, but then again, don’t think I could be bothered. Besides ,it would have to compete for space in our modest kitchen refrigerator with other, food like stuff. Having satisfactorily settled the “ Why can’t the bottles just lie down on the shelf?” question ,I think I will let sleeping dogs lie.
  15. Perhaps 10-12 weeks, sometimes more. Not much of a fan of very hoppy beers, more malty and dark ales. I do understand the hop fade aspect but don’t tend to worry about it.
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