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  1. worry wort

    dry hopping dark ale

    as a learning curve, can/should you dry hop a dark ale? If so, what would be your preferred hops?
  2. worry wort

    dry hopping dark ale

    yeah, I must admit I have loved the dark ale for about 20 years now, but I'm just keen to try experimenting and at the moment I have a dark ale down (spicy brunette actually, first attempt at other than k n k), so just me being anxious to get mixing.
  3. worry wort

    flavour improvement

    Im quite happy with the quality of the brew im making, which is just straight out the can without anything else added, but after many years, I am wondering if there is anything I can do to this simple processs to tweak the flavour a bit. Don't want to start with all the boiling and cooling stuff, just a simple additive or change of maybe yeast or something to give a bit stronger taste. Any tips?
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    flavour improvement

    so, following all the info to bluebru, is there somewhere that covers they types of hops and their flavour, i.e. fruity, spicy, bitter etc, and a compatability list? and I guess the same for all the different types of yeast available. Im so keen to get into this now but don't want to mix something sweet and tangy with something bitter and horrid....
  5. worry wort

    flavour improvement

    since deciding to move on from the k&k which I've been doing since 84, Im like a kid in a lollyshop ordering all kinds of shit. started simple on Friday with a spicy brunette, only coz I had the stuff here to get going, but trying to get my head around what hops are bitter, sweet, fruity etc. can't wait to make my next batch lol.
  6. worry wort

    stuff up number 1...

    Ok, so trying to break into the 'adventure' side of homebrewing after decades of just making it straight out the can. Made a list of what I needed and we made the 55km trip to nearest home brew outlet/computer store (hb is a second string for income to him). As he didn't have EKG hops, he had goldings and said its a common substitute for ekg. got home and realised I now have 6 x 12g bags of finishing hops, which I don't think are what I was wanting. I've now gone on line and ordered truckloads of yeast, hops and adjuncts, thanks to the info by yeastboy, but what can I do with the finishing hops? what brews would the be best to drop these suckers into. I currently have a Spicy Brunette on the way but with the 2 tspoons of cinnamon I don't know if adding extra hops would be of benefit. I shouldn't be allowed out of the house..... ww.
  7. worry wort

    stuff up number 1...

    ….theres toys to brewing as well????
  8. worry wort

    stuff up number 1...

    good to know, thanks OVB and Shamus.
  9. Wheres the best place to buy stuff like dextrose, maltodextrin, L/DME etc. I don't have a HBS nearby and the local supermarkets only sell coopers packaged mix's at premium prices, so thought there may be an online place, or maybe not even a HBS where I can source these things from. cheers
  10. worry wort

    wheres the best place to buy ingredients

    thanks Hoppy, some great sites there. once again this marvellous forum comes to the rescue!
  11. worry wort

    spicy brunette tips

    Hi, about to put down my first spicy brunette. Does anyone have any tips on the amount of cinnamon to put in? the recipe is very simple and only calls on 2teaspoons of it, but was wondering if anyone has tried this recipe and if 2 is enough, too much etc. cheers ww
  12. worry wort

    two can compatability

    I have 2 cans in my pantry, a draught and a dark ale. Is it possible to make a two-can mix with these or are there clashing ingredients which may not work well together? This would be my first attempt at this so don't want to start off with a dud. thanks ww
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    two can compatability

    thanks OVB, that was the one recipe I had been looking at but wasn't too sure of compatability. thanks for your reply.
  14. thank you very much guys, very keen to start using various hops and mixes to vary the taste. ww.
  15. Hi, I am moving over from just the canned variety to a more 'adventurous' style of brewing. I have a few simple recipes for a tastier dark brew, but is there recipe for a spicy and fruity beer using the draught/lager canned beers? Im keen to learn how to use the hops, yeast and other bits, but being old and slow need to start off with simple shit and work up. cheers WW.
  16. worry wort

    Recipe difficulty rating

    Brilliant, this spreadsheet will save me truckloads of time, thanks!
  17. worry wort

    flavour improvement

    thanks for the info. ww.
  18. worry wort

    flavour improvement

    when you say you 'dry hop', what exactly does that mean? Do you just throw 25gm of the hops into the fermenter? Does it replace anything or added in addition to the yeast supplied with the can, not being smart, just trying to learn the terminology and practices to improve the flavour. cheers.
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    Boiling water good enough to sterilise?

    I have been sterilizing everything with just boiling water for about 5 year now. I muster the brewing bucket, stirring spoon, dowling and fv with airlock together, give a rinse out fv and bucket with hot tap water, wipe down insides of both with new, clean chux, pour out, rinse, and boil the jug. 2ltrs boiling water into the bucket with the spoon and dowling (used for keeping the can in place while pouring contents into bucket), solid swish around to cover all surfaces, empty water. MAKE SURE THE TAP IS OFF, 2ltrs boiling water into fv, replace lid, place on side and roll and upend until all surfaces have been touched. be careful of hot water coming out of the airlock. Empty, then put another ltr or so of boiling water in fv and run through the tap, then process kit. never had an issue or lost a brew. I brew in plastic bottles so use Milton tabs in water for that only. cheers
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    flavour improvement

    Thank you everyone so much for your tips, especially silmaril and james of Bayswater, all tips seem to be easy and potentially exciting, especially the cinnamon in the dark ale. WW.
  21. worry wort

    flavour improvement

    I switch from the original real ale which I started with I '84, and the dark ale. I like the ease of making it, just feel like tweaking it a bit to add a bit more flavour. cheers
  22. worry wort

    Bigger Brews in the smaller craft kit

    im looking for a translator too....
  23. ok, I'm sure I'm not the first to have this but cannot find anything on the search function here. The last 2 brews I have bottled have all gone well, however after bottling a white growth appears on the top of the brew in the bottle. Doesn't cover it, just forms bit of a crust on the bottle and in patches on top of the brew. Taste fine, and no so much of the stuff that it falls into your glass, but I've never encountered it before. Any ideas? tks WW.
  24. worry wort

    Flat Beer

    i had the same thing for years making Dark Ale, Tried all the recommendations from here, very littie if any improvement, then one person gave me the key. I was brewing shitloads at a time and was drinking beer about the 8month mark. I was advised to cut my batches down from 7 to 3 and trial it from there, drinking now about 3-4 months. Head retention, bubbles, just like sitting at a pub tap, the older ale for some reason lost all its life so long in the bottle, still tasted great but had to drink out of a pewter coz it looked like orange cordial in a glass, but now its great.
  25. I have never had this in 33 years of making coopers. Went to bottle the latest batch today, took the lid off the carboy and there is a white, foam-like skin on the top of the brew. It doesn't smell off, but it does have a smell to it but not offensive. I have attached a pic. The clear bit in the middle is where I stuck a mongrel finger to get an idea of density, texture etc. The only thing I can think of is it has been bastardly hot here since I put the brew down, many days over the 35 mark, and if that has screwed the yeast, but please don't use that as a soft answer if you think it could be something else. On the important side.....can she be saved? Thanks Mark. p.s. see down a couple of post for the actual pic.