TLB Brew Club

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lord Charles, May 28, 2013.

  1. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Whether you are brewing in plastic bins, polypins, demi jons or long johns we want to hear from you.

    As you may or may not know it is quite a serious hobby for me and I have just finished installing a 100ltr brewery in my back garden the produce from which should be making an appearance at a TLB meet very soon.

    I do have some more research to do this weekend in the form of the City of Ale festival in Norwich. 42 pubs in 3 days!

    I will post up what I have learnt so far in the next few days or so.
     
  2. Liz has had some mead brewing for about 4 weeks now. the homebrew beer went a bit pear shape this time round so we shall be having a go at that again in the not too distant.


    Good luck with the pub crawl, only have the quick 2 or 3 pints in each one though ay :D
     
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  3. I'm a plastic bin brewer myself although i have advanced from the brupak method.Only tried it a couple of times so far but never been dissapointed.
    Is there any advantage to the 2 can packs over the one can jobbies?
     
  4. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Never used the 2 cans myself but have heard some excellent reports from people using the malt extract method.
     
  5. In my experience the two can packs do not need added suger for the primary fermentation. Just finish my first and its sitting waiting to clear but it tasted good and can only get better
     
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  6. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    If you are looking for some decent ingredients at reasonable prices along with plenty of free advice try giving Rob a call at The Malt Miller http://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/index.php?as=hbf he sent me 50g of mauri yeast free just to see how I get on with it.
     
  7. I'm gonna crack out few kit brews first to get used to sterilising, barreling, temperatures and the general method. Then I have every intention in going the whole hog with boiling malts and making my own flavour of brew. I think the kits are a safe way of creating a good brew as to not be put off by a dodgy batch
     
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  8. Lots of success with one can and two cans.

    Just about to start a coopers australian larger off and a woodfords ruby ale.

    I get better results bottling than leaving in a keg.
     
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  9. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    I look forward to some mead.
     
  10. Bottled my first lot and I'm going to barrel the next lot and compare the difference.
     
  11. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Are you adding any sugar or yeast to your bottles?
     
  12. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator


    i will do a maaasive write up on my blog about your beer in return for another keg :thumbsup:
     
  13. I batch primed in the barrel first with 100g of brewing suger then transferred to the bottles straight away. Got a bit of sediment in the bottles so I may put a tap in the fermentation bucket for going straight into the bottles to save disturbing the brew next time.
     
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  14. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Coopers gets some really good write ups and it is one of Terrordales and my favourite Aussie brews.
     
  15. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    I can highly recommend Coopers Ales. My favourite is the Pale Ale but the Sparkling Ale is excellent & known down here as "Lunatic Soup", they also do some lovely vintage ales & special occasion ales. I believe their home brew kits are also very good, especially for novices.
     
  16. I made a cider in a plastic bin last year and it was a pretty good success so i am planning on making another couple of batch's soon hopefully some fruit one's! :beer:
     
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  17. Novice, thats me :)
     
  18. I have used sugar in the bottles but the last couple of brews i have been posh and used coopers carbonation drops. :)
     
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  19. Coopers pale ale very good only have a few bottles left.

    I have a mate who brews and then bottles it into 2 litre water bottles. Buys what ever the cheapest water you can get hold of as long as they are pet bottles so no steralising just empty the bottles then fill up straight away and screw the cap back on and you could always use the water out of the bottles to start your next brew off !!
     
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  20. I tried home brew ale about 20 years ago that came in a can and used a big bin, all purchased from Boots. It was a yeasty frothy brew. Have kits improved in the meantime or do you have to brew from more basic ingredients to get a good brew?

    I like 'best bitter' generally and wouldn't mind trying it again if I can find the bin in the loft and I won't end up with gallons of pond water!!!
     

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