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

  1. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Yep a whole 72 pints lost, still the garage floor got a good wash.

    We are using the casks as conditioning tanks. We have a half barrel setup with a 100 litre capacity (185 pints) so can easily fill 2 casks.

    The story is my neighbour and I had already built a pub in his garden so when we built a new garage in mine we thought we had best leave room for a brewery. Once we decided what kit we wanted we managed to find someone with a similar setup who was doing 1 day introductory courses. With that and a bit of reading we are knocking out some half decent stuff but are a bit small to start selling to pubs. That comes in stage 2 of the retirement plan where we will be looking to get a 10 -15 barrel plant.
  2. ah right ...
    all sounds well organised ....:thumbsup:
  3. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    I can assure you it isn't, we are making it up as we go along.
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  6. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Had a nightmare yesterday, the filter we added to our mash tun got clogged up and so we had to disturb our mash bed. Made us 1 & 1/2 hours late to the pub but it looks like it will turn out ok judging by the taste and look of it in the fermenter.

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  7. Nice looking meringues
  8. wow... nice looking yeast head ...:thumbsup:
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  9. whos been brewing recently?
  10. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    We'll we have 140 pints of Ruby Mild fermenting at the moment. The weekend after next we will be getting 100 ltrs of hoppy ale on the go.
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  11. Silver

    Silver Needs points/will pay!

    Quick question for you brewers. I haven't had a try at brewing for years and am about to start a cider kit. I have tried both my nearest suppliers to get brewing sugar, as per kit instruction, but both are out of stock.

    Can I use normal granulated or caster sugar instead? I seem to remember using household stuff before. Do I use the same quantity?

  12. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Normal sugar will be fine but I would add an extra spoonful. Lookup carbonation on t'internet aim for 2.0.
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  13. after around 4 months im brewing an all grain beer tomorrow,
    a hoppy IPA ...:burp:
    the boiler is ready outside and the grain is warming over night in the airing cupboard...

    mmm i can smell the hops already ...:p
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  14. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    We have managed to track down some 14.5% Alpa Citra Hops so will be adding them to the 10.5% Centennial and 11.5% Chinook for our very own hop bomb this weekend.
  15. i brewed 5 gallons using marris otter, caramalt and a light malt it looked like a chicken stock in the boiler,
    i used nearly 200g of fuggles hops just to give it a twist...
    ive stashed it in a no chill cube until the weekend when i will ferment it ,
  16. thats gonna have a hoppy bite to it ,:burp:
    what will your hop schedule be ...:thinking:
  17. I always preaumed this thread was about tea!

    Was a pleasant suprise when I popped in and realised it was about beer :)

    Would like to have a try at this sometime but need to clear some junk out first so I've got room
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  18. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Chinook goes in first for the full 90 minute boil
    Centennial will go in for the last 15 minutes
    Citra will be packed into the Hop Rocket and the whole batch will be run through it

    I am expecting great things :beer:and should have it ready for Elemental :thumbsup:
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  19. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    This is what we do to get a 2.0 level of carbonation which is the average for most bitters and real ales:
    For 5 ltrs 16g of sugar or 32g of malt extract added to 54ml of boiling water
    For 11 ltrs 36g of sugar or 72g of malt extract in 120ml of boiling water
    For 23ltrs 75g of sugar or 150g of malt extract in 250ml of boiling water
    For 40 ltrs 130g of sugar or 260g of malt extract in 435ml of boiling water

    We add the sugary solutions above to the vessel we are putting the beer into first then add the beer from the bottom upwards, in other words we put the pipe right into the bottom to try and eliminate as much air getting into the beer as possible.

    Hope this helps.
  20. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Anyone brewing this weekend?

    We are going to try our hand at lager!

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