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  1. I hear you. To me, there are two types of beer: Drinking beer and enjoying beer. The former is what you have to quench your thirst when you come home from work or after an afternoon of working in the yard. These go into mainly stubbies. The latter is what you fill into tallies. They're the ones you have when you sit back on the lounge and relax
  2. It's actually quite easy to snap the neck of a bottle with the two handed capper. Just a little bit of an angle and it snaps. The bench capper is the way to go.
  3. Wouldn't I see signs of an infection? Any chance it might improve if there's no oxygen left for the bacteria? Or should I tip it all out? The flat batch, I'll give more time to carbonate.
  4. I'm don't want to blame the fermenter either. I have two smaller ones of the same type and had no issues with them at all. But it is odd that two consecutive batches in the same FV are showing signs if issues. I'll leave them in the cupboard for the next few weeks and then I'll see.
  5. I don't know if it is too cold for the bottles. I wouldn't think so . They're in the house and subject to current Brisbane indoor temps, so not too cold. Around the 20 mark I suppose. A batch bottled the week prior and one the week after (both from the 2nd FV) are a lot more carbonated, although the younger of the two isn't as far as I thought it would be yet either. There is almost no sediment in the bottles. I always use 1 or 2 white glass bottles, so I can see what's happening and there doesn't seem to be much viable yeast in there, if any. Usually, I leave batches in the FV for 2 weeks. They tend to ferment out in a week or so and then get to clean up a little.
  6. I now seem to have a similar problem with a Coopers FV. The last two batches it was used for are, let's say problematic. The first of the two has been in the bottle for 2 weeks and there is no sign of carbonation. The PET bottles are as limp as they were when I bottled and opening one of the glass bottles, there was a slight "fluff" and not a single gas bubble rising. Just flat, horrible beer. Yesterday I bottled a Canadian Blonde and when I tasted it, it was suitable for a nice salad but I don't think the beer will be drinkable. I've tasted nicer tasting vinegar to be honest. Both batches fermented out nicely and there was nothing out of the ordinary floating in the FV. They also hadn't been opened prior to bottling. Brew temps were ranging between 20 and 22C and in both cases, the FV and everything that would come in contact with the brew had been soaking in sodium percarbonate for 24 hours. All was thoroughly rinsed and sanitised, including taking the tap apart and sanitising all parts of it. My cleaning regime is the same for the Coopers FV as it is for my other FV I'm alternating with. I have no issues with brews in that one, only the Coopers one seems to give me grief. Any idea what may be going on?
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  8. I was introduced to La Chouffe Blonde the other day. A well crafted Belgian ale, sweet, fruity malty and strong. Not a bad drop at all but at 17 bucks for a tallie it isn't the cheapest brews out there. I did drink it straight out of the fridge but in hindsight, letting it warm up a little might have helped releasing all the flavours. It's a little sweeter than it should for my palate but I'll have it again, preferably in Belgium and then taste the other offerings of Brasserie d'Archouffe
  9. Yeah I am not too impressed with Morgan's Australian Blonde. I've sampled one I bottled a bit over 2 weeks ago and it is lacking bitterness. However using 1.5kg LME and no extra hops probably isn't helping. I like Morgan's Golden Sheaf Wheat and Iron Bark Dark Ale but the blonde hasn't impressed me so far. I'm going to bottle a Coopers Canadian Blonde on the weekend. Let's see how that one will turn out.
  10. Hmmm now here's one to shock. I triple rinse my bottles right after pouring out the beer, then put them away in my bottle storage. On brew day, I scrub out the kitchen sink, fill it with a starsan solution, put in 8 bottles at a time and let them soak for 30-60 seconds, then they get given a good shake and put them in my drying rack (which looks identical to yours ). There are no rings in my bottles and so far, no clouding either. So far, so good.
  11. I use a lot of green and even clear bottles, which are a lot more susceptible to light. But even brown bottles should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  12. Yeah I know right? It's my daughter's old room and it has pink curtains I label my bottles with coloured sticky dots and you have no idea how hard it is to tell apart orange and pink dots in this light
  13. Most K&K will finish fermenting in around 5-7 days and another 7 days in the bottle should give it enough carbonation to make it drinkable. However you will not get good or even decent beer. I personally leave it in the FV for 2 weeks, to give the yeast to clean up after itself and then leave it in the bottle for another 2 weeks. Some brews are ok after a week but a lot better after 2 (or more). I always have 2 brews going, whilst I'm still building up stock. They're about a week apart, so every weekend, one batch gets bottled and a new one started. Soon, I have enough stock to be self sufficient and will be able to experiment a little more without jeopardising supply. My problem is that I am running out of storage...should have bought two of those cupboards
  14. Those two handles cappers work but yes as you said, it's very easy to crush a bottle neck. They do get stuck in the bench capper as well though.
  15. I use the regular caps and they seem to work fine but I haven't managed to twist one off, so a bottle opener is needed...or teeth, eye sockets or whatever you prefer. They're just a bit of a pain because they get stuck in the capper. They tend to get stuck in the bell. It seems to have something to do with the "ridge" before the twisty bits. Pry off bottles are round, where twist tops more angular. hard to describe, just compare the top parts of the bottle and you know what I mean.
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