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  1. I've been chasing a LC Rogers forever and am kegging a 10l trial this weekend. I used a variation of @PB2's recipe from a few years back , added some choc grain to get the colour up, a bit more hop to the flameout. Looks right, smells OK, tastes OK from the fermenter - still might need a dry hop. Christmas in Tas is just that bit cooler.
  2. @MartyG1525230263Download VLC - it's free and can read anything. Definitely can open this video.
  3. Maybe too late for the brews that are on the go now but make yourself a keezer. Mine's 160l (I think) and can hold 4 corny kegs. You can justify the space because it can double as a 'chest fridge' for Christmas overflow! If you store in cornies they take up similar space, they may as well be cold. Mine's set to 4.5c, about the same as a fridge. So - put them into cornies, meanwhile build your keezer! You're gonna blow a bit of cash though.
  4. Tell me you didn't just pour that for Brekky!!! That's about what I'm getting with gelatine. I'll check it out.
  5. Tks all Yeah the NEIPA style is hazy so I wouldn't fine that - it was pretty damn good! I've just not been happy with mouthfeel for the last few brews - they feel weak and watery. It could be related to carbonation too - been a bit overcarbed with big bubbles. I checked out a brulosophy blind test of gelatin and it showed bugger all difference overall. Does polyclar affect yeast harvest - they say it's a plastic? Back to first principles I guess Tks again.
  6. Hey all I generally use gelatin to clear my beer before kegging. It works very well. However the beers have been feeling a bit 'thin' in the mouth. I loved the feel and taste of Caffreys - sadly can't get that any more. I had a hazy NEIPA on the weekend and it was thick, nice mouthfeel, what I'm looking for. It had about 15% oats in the grain bill. I've used oats in similar percentages but don't get that mouthfeel. I was wondering in the gelatin was clearing out the -proteins I guess - that create mouthfeel. And how that might compare to other finings and whirlfloc. Any thoughts? TIA
  7. You'll chew through the sodastream refills. They are about $21 per 400g of co2. That's the only catch.
  8. That's the one! If you want to see hobby creep then dip your toes into photography! An entire industry built on a finely tuned tier of upgrades. I justify my electronic brew gear as a brain exercise - had a stroke a few years back and it's good to tax the mind. That's my story and . . . . . now what was I saying???
  9. Dunno if I'd go that far!! I'm an electronics engineer I guess you'd say - hence the techy stuff. I'm still relatively new to brewing, probably done 20 or so batches but had a decades break in the middle. As soon as I started again the bottles drove me mad. Kegging wasn't readily available in country Oz back in the 80's but it's easy now. I live in Hobart now and the climate is perfect for brewing. I got the minikegs new from RCModel on EBay - they are very well made with good fittings. I got one 19l but it's fittings had to be replaced. I do extract and AG and combinations. Crash and gelatine clarify in the fermenter then condition and naturally carbonate in the keg. Tried pressure carbonation but I find the natural carbonation better, with richer bubbles and head for the darker beers I like. That might just be in my head though. Like OVB said - any crud in the keg is gone in the first pour. I try to not let 'hobby creep' get to me - you know how every hobby can blowout - in both processes and dollars!
  10. I have the 9.5l kegs. I decided early on that I wanted to try many small brews rather than the 19l. They fit better in my 200l kegerator and are easier to lift - only have one arm! Can't recall the beerline - it's a hard plastic 6mm. I started with a sodastream gas adapter but have a 2.5kg cylinder now. I don't drink so much that I need bigger stuff. I kept the sodastream system and I use it for party situations Going with 11l batch size made my kettles cheap - 21L from BigW that I added an element to. I enjoy the DIY stuff and I'm revising them to put a spigot in the bottom rather than on the side. They'll stand on a frame that also has loadcells. I'm making a cbpi controller that will use the loadcells to manage transfers. Over the top I know but I'm a techhead. You won't regret going to kegs.
  11. Thanks @Otto Von Blotto and @Worthog You mean a half cup of the powder? Tks
  12. Kegs! We looked at making a cleaning rack - check out YouTube for designs. There are quite powerful ones that use bilge pumps to push a hard spray into the bottle. It all fits in a plastic storage box and that circulates the cleaner liquid around until they're done. In the end we went to kegs - so much simpler. Probably waste a bit more beer though. Still have my bottles though for Ginger Beer and test runs.
  13. Update After the brew I found the spiral element very hard to clean in-situ and it's a bit awkward to remove to clean fully. Tried dishwasher tablets and percarbonate cleaners but still some crud stuck to the element. I could probably get under it with a toothbrush or loosen the screws to rotate it in-situ for cleaning. We detected a weird odour during the boil and it might have been this crud burning. This might go away when we reduce the boil power. I'm not happy with the AC connections to the element either, might solder on some spade lug males so I can get a firmer connection AND replace the original jug cord with something heavier - gets too warm. If this element has to go then I'm looking at one of those 1" screw-in elements - I think it'll fit the 3/4" brass garden hose screw fittings for the bulkhead. It'll also give me a simpler mount to build a cover around. Kegged the brew yesterday, 9.5l keg with 70gm dex to carbonate. I find that self-carbonate in the kegs is finer bubbled than forced and gives that nice Caffrey's swirl in the beer. I miss Caffrey's - loved it!
  14. Put a real AG brew through my 1/2 batch DIY kettle and it went brilliantly. The $7.90 KMart jug heater element is too powerful, boiling up a real volcano. That also made mash control a bit iffy but found with the lid on it held the temp fine with minimal attention. My end game is to run it all on CraftBrewPI so I'll be able to temp control the mash a bit easier and I'll be able to control the boil max power. Still a small leak around the earthing bolt - I'll hi-temp silicone that. All up I'm pretty happy with it. Next up is to drill it for the thermowell then build the CraftBrewPI controller - gonna be a touchscreen beauty! The batch was an Irish Stout.
  15. I'm building an electric 1/2 batch BIAB kettle. Has a BigW 20Lpot, K-Mart 2200W kettle heater, a spigot/tap/bazooka and I'm just waiting for a thermowell for temp control. I think I've spent about $60 on it all up with the bag all new. Here's a pic of the inside just before the test boil- I've got a false bottom to go over the element etc. Having some slow leak issues - but not at the element, at the bulkhead. Might silversolder it in.
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