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  1. I brewed 8 variations of the Coopers recipe looking for a good go to beer, making small changes each time (taking notes) and think I might have found a good one after tapping a keg today that I kegged on 8-12-19.
  2. Put down 2 Helga's Kolsh's Thursday, Didn't have the Helga's hops so substituted with Hersbrucker in one, Mittlefresh and Tettnang in the other. Both with US-05
  3. 24 brews for me, all K & K's. different variations of Coopers recipes, with most being from the Canadian Blonde base can.
  4. thanks Karlos, it did steep for about 5 mins after I took it off the boil while I faffed around getting ready to pour it into the FV. time will tell I suppose.
  5. Turns out the offending gas connect was a Kegland one and not the CMB which came with the Kegerator new. See the attached pic and the one with the black insert is the culprit, not sure why I didn't pick the difference before.my LHBS is going to supply me with a new one, gratis. they also have new full 6KG gas bottles going cheap so I got a spare. apparently there is a price war going on between suppliers.
  6. Thanks, but it's definitely the connector as there is still gas in the bottle. Turning the bottle off the serving pressure stays the same but the bottle level drops to nothing in seconds. Years of welding helps finding gas leak problems.
  7. Well it seems I spoke too soon regarding leaking connectors. I lost half a bottle of gas last night due to a faulty CMB connector after swapping out an empty keg. Only noticed the gauge had dropped when pouring my second beer for the day, Swapped a few connects around and found the culprit. off the LHBS tomorrow for some SS ones.
  8. There was no foam on top when I pitched and I know what to look at when fermentation starts, and that activity is a kruasen forming. I may not have the amount of experience of some of you, only 80 odd brews but I knw what I seen.
  9. While you may doubt that fermentation has started I could see that it had through the clear lid. and this is how it looks 18hrs later
  10. Yesterday I was a bit time poor when putting my Coopers Artisan Reserve together, so I cheated a bit and mixed up the recipe steps. While I think it shouldn't matter much I thought I would get an opinion from some of you here. https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/coopers-artisan-reserve.html While waiting for my DME to boil and adding hops, I put the remaining DME and kit into the FV stirred it up with a few litres of water. Then when my hop boil was done I strained it into the FV without chilling like the recipe calls for, then topped FV with chilled water to 23 litres. I managed to hit 18.5 degrees (recipes suggests 18 deg). Pitched 2 x W34/70 dry and before I had finished cleaning up all the gear (less than an hour) I heard the lovely gloop gloop sound (yes, I still use an airlock). So what I want to know is does anybody think the different chill method will affect the DME and hop boil in any adverse way. It certainly chilled it down quicker than the boil pot in the ice cold sink method. Cheers
  11. I try and put a six pack away from each batch for a later tasting just for this reason and keep notes on change / improvements. I also found the Oktoberfest improved after 4 to 6 months later. Yesterday I had a couple of stubbies of a brew that I had written off as a fail 10 months ago, a definite improvement in carbonation and head retention. The back story to this was the first time using a yeast slurry and it appeared the brew failed to ferment with no krausen at all and no signs of activity hence a double pitch, left in the FV for 3 weeks then bottled it (FG 1005). After trying one every other month with a bland flat no taste experience I almost tossed it a few times. But I had space so left it and always had three in the fridge. While it is no where near a good beer it's drinkable and it got better with age.
  12. BB, that has given me a good idea for one as well. I had been looking at getting a neon made up but too expensive for me and the cheep assed led lights at the Coventry's market in Morley were just too bright and nasty looking.
  13. I was turning the gas off every night when I first set up my Kegerator being paranoid about leaks, it seemed to loose pressure overnight but finally worked out that it was gas being absorbed into the beer for carbonation and not a leak. But 6 months down the track, no leaks and leave it on all the time.
  14. I usually rinse after drinking at the end of the night then stack them till I have around 20 then stick them in the dishwasher on a normal cycle but without any detergent or finish tablets, works for me.
  15. I only take OG readings when I deviate from my regular K & K recipes because it only varies a few points from brew to brew and they all finish around the same. I do take FG readings though to make sure its done before cold crashing.
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