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  1. Playing around with semantics, "All Grain Brewing" can sometimes be a misnomer. Full extract beers could technically be all grain because the extract is just a concentrate of an all grain wort. And some AG beers that use adjuncts like sugar (Belgians, English Bitters etc.) technically aren't all grain. This kind of thinking out loud is why I don't get invited to parties.
  2. If you have any concerns about the extract you could boil it in some water for 10-15 minutes. Also a good opportunity to add some hops to it
  3. I have done one of these. They are pretty good if you like Seltzers and easy to make. My problem was that every time I tried it I thought "I wish I had a beer".
  4. The Beatles broke up before I was born but they are still my favourite band. I’m looking forward to Get Back and I am glad Peter Jackson is doing it. For me, Let it Be isn’t up there with the best of the Beatles albums. It has a few great songs but overall isn’t great. Unlike the one they recorded after it; Abbey Road. That is one of the best albums of all time.
  5. Life would be boring if everyone was the same.
  6. The good thing with the PET bottle is that you can unscrew the lid and release some pressure if necessary. You also won’t get shards of glass in your face if they explode. They are great when you are first starting out.
  7. Post whatever you want and don’t care about what others think of it. This song is stuck in my head.
  8. Tropical stouts are often made with lager yeast. I don't think I have ever tried one so I can't say whether you are on the money or not.
  9. If you used BE1 then I doubt it will go any lower.
  10. I always Finnish my beers.
  11. What temperature do you ferment the beers?
  12. It could be that it didn't start fermenting but your hydrometer is your friend here. The coopers kit ale yeast is pretty hardy and 26 degrees wouldn't have harmed the yeast at the start, in fact it would probably fire it up quicker. Some the tins get stored in the worst environments (hot sheds etc.) and the yeast still works. There is a lot of condensation in the FV which could be an indicator of fermentation. I wouldn't wait to Day 6. Just take a reading now and put your mind at rest.
  13. How do you know it has stalled if you haven't taken another gravity reading? Krausen is a sign of fermentation but the sole sign and sometimes the Krausen can be really small. Check the gravity before pitching any further yeast.
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