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  1. G;day all So a few quick fact checks Packet Yeasts and Refrigeration... 1. So they arrive unrefrigerated - how long can they say unrefrigerated (I know they have their dates on the pack so not a "Use By" Question)? 2. It has been recommended to remove yeasts from fridge before pitching, to bring to room temperature - is this to wake the yeast? 3. If I remove yeast from fridge but leave it out longer than a day, at what point will it become "bad" for the brew? 4. I usually add the tin yeast to another (ie SA-04) so, regarding the rules of how to store yeasts, is it one rule for all yeasts or do different yeasts have different requirements for their living arrangements (definitely only interested in brewing yeasts here) Cheers all
  2. So I currently don't have a beer fridge. No way of cooling my fermenter so have been doing climate appropriate ales through the warmer months. Needless to say, no cold crashing available. I'd like to be able to control temp consistently but don't want to spend a bundle (unless my beers get really good and really consistent and I can justify it to the wife). I've been wondering about getting a kegerater and using it as a temp controlled fermentation chamber as well. You know, two birds one stone, use it to help ferment and then refit when needed for dispensing. I currently don't use kegs but thought this might be a way of slowing moving that direction. What are your setups at home for fermenting, heating and cooling? I'd like to know how people have gone about this. If I went something like the kegerator would it be as simple as using that for the fridge, plus my heat belts I currently use when needed, and something like an ink bird temp controller? I like the look fo the grainfather conical fermenters but I don't really want to spend $800 on a fermenter and then the glycol chiller that would need to go with it. Thoughts and ideas and suggestions all welcome. Thanks awesome brew buddies.
  3. Still waiting for the controller. le sigh! But I now have a Fermenting Fridge - it's all fridge so it fits 2 x FV's in there. Perfect for purpose. Cost a massive $30. And he brought it around for me! I've got another fridge coming which was to be the FF but it has a freezer section at top which meant only 1 FV at a time. (although I did pick up a squat but fatter FV that I was hoping to fit in with the taller one) That fridge will now be the supplies and beer fridge.
  4. Hi Guys, I am about to venture to the dark side and start kegging my beer. I am looking for advice on a quality supplier. I have looked at iKegger, Keg Land and Keg King and whilst there is a bit of variation in price they all seem to be pretty good and whilst they should all do the job I'm not sure who has the better quality products. I don't want to invest in some gear and find out in 12 months that it's falling apart. At the moment I am looking at a mini keg package with 10L kegs. Any thoughts/experience would be most welcome. TVM
  5. Hi people, I'm running out of bottles. Toying with the idea of kegging, which I have never done and don't have equipment for. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask right, so here's my stupid question... Does kegging affect the flavour of the beer compared to bottle conditioning? I was just wondering, as sitting in the bottle with that little bit of sugar and letting the residual yeast do its thing seems like it might give a different flavour than forcing a load of Co2 into the brew. I certainly know that warm and flat straight out of the fermenter often isn't great, so just wondering if the Co2 is the only difference needed. Can someone provide some detail based on their experience? Thanks, Scott
  6. iv read that it’s ok to use expired brew extract as long as you use fresh yeast. Question is - i got an unopened kit via gumtree that came with a mr beer amber ale can. It’s 4 years past expiry. has anyone tried brew extract this old? I don’t mind if it gets darker just wondering if flavour etc will be decent. also if I’m getting new yeast any tips on what might be nice with an amber ale? thanks for any tips brew legends
  7. Hello, Could I ask is it OK to re-cycle screw cap glass wine bottles for use as beer bottles for home brews? Thanks, Graham
  8. Hi all, So I've got a few batches of beer that I have brewed a while ago and have given to friends as a gift that are coming up to the 700-day-in-the-bottle mark. I just wanted to ask how long home brews can last before they go 'bad'. My understanding is the darker and higher in alcohol content a beer is, the longer it will last. My beers joining the 700 days club so far are: Russian Imperial Stout (from what I heard this one can live for years) Abbey Dubbel Defibrillator Kilt Lifter Most are stored at pretty much room temp. Do these still have a few years in them or should I tell my friends to get a move on and finish them off? Thanks.
  9. So, I've finally moved into a new place that will allow be to brew to my heart's content and I've collected enough Cooper's longneck bottles for two batches. The only thing holding me back now is whether to start a brew now just before we head into summer (Melbourne) or wait until cooler months? I'm limited on space and funds so I can't get a small fridge to keep the temp low. Has anyone had good brew during summer with the fermenter in a cool place? ( ie; laundry ) Is the ice bottles in the laundry tub the best way to hold the temp? Also, is there a brew kit that's "easier" to start with for a newbie? Cheers Guys
  10. Hey guys Just wondering about after wort fermentation storage. As I only have the one keg, is it possible to store it before keg carbonation in a container such as a cube or the like, so I could have a brew ready to go into the keg once it runs out. And how it could or would affect the brew. Cheers
  11. Hey guys, I'm taking another run at homebrewing after a decade or so break. My first brew was pretty no frills and bottled without a problem. I should be tasting it this week. I put a hop slam IPA (au) down straight after and it has been going smoothly also, getting some dry hopping technique down and stabilised SG over the past few days so I turned up tonight to bottle this beauty. As I've got a ragtag collection of bottles going, I decided to have a go at bulk priming with 200g Dex in about 300ml water. I racked into my bottling bucket (2nd fermenter) with a coiled, sterilised tube which whirlpooled up pretty good, and then set to bottling. **Spoiler: I didn't stir as I was worried about oxygen ** The last bottle I drained out, I decided to taste and it was significantly sweeter than the rest of the tests I'd done throughout. Before I capped them, I then sampled the last 6 bottles and found the sweetness was only present in the final 3. Now I think I've bottled mostly unprimed beer due to the Dex solution settling at the top of my bottling bucket. ? It had so much promise. Is there anything I can do besides potentially just leaving this one to sit for a long time? And how long is long for mostly lightly or un-primed beer? Has anyone managed to salvage a brew in a similar situation? You guys are my last hope... So disappointed, it was tasting like nothing I've ever made before.
  12. So due to external factors, sickness, weather, demotivation and lazyness I had a no chill brew sitting in the cube for *cough* 4 months *cough* will it be ok still? I put it in the FV today and it smelt real good.
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