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Home Brew Questions

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Voley, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member



    Hey D, keep us posted. These Young's kits look excellent. Mind you, I haven't tried Festival yet.
     
  2. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Damnit. The instructions say that it's probably had long enough in the barrel, 5 days. It's still bubbling at a greatly reduced rate: 0.57bpm, down from a peak of 16bpm. But the internet says to be patient.

    I am not patient.

    I'm going to take a Specific gravity reading and hold off for another day to test then. Patience is a virtue.

    I am not virtuous.
     
  3. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member

    What does it taste like Bob? If it's clear and you're thirsty, why not?
     
  4. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Its not ready yet (not surprising, it needs another few weeks to stand minimum) but I have hope for the future.

    I don't have enough experience tasting unfinished beer to know what is good and bad yet.
     
  5. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member

    If it's clear, you can drink it but it's better if you leave it a while first. I'm still learning too.
     
  6. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I bottled up into demi johns today, 40 pints of cider and 40 of red wine. I may struggle drinking a whole one but \i will take it for the team.
     
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  7. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    The bottom fell out of a wine filled Demi john, must have had a crack in it.

    7.5 litres of red on the front room carpet.
     
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  8. Dovydaitis

    Dovydaitis Official fishco fish groupie

  9. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Apparently there's nothing wrong with putting the beer in the fridge to help speed up the clearing process? One reference bottle is staying out, two are going in for a bit. Now all i've got to do is persuade the other half that it isn't insane to put a 25 liter barrel in the fridge...
     
  10. diond

    diond Well-Known Member

    Shit, that's bad news. On the other hand, do you want to borrow a straw?
     
  11. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Quick! Smash a demijohn of white wine on it to clean the stain out!
     
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  12. diond

    diond Well-Known Member

    No, not at all - cold crashing, innit.:thumbs:
     
  13. Wolveryeti

    Wolveryeti Young Lethargio

    No coming back from that one. You had better hope you have enough red wine left to finish the rest of the carpet :D
     
  14. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I think the carpet will have to go in the front room and be replaced with laminate flooring. This has blown my savings on booze accrued through this hobby thus far.
     
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  15. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

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    There's my summer BBQ beer bottled up and ready for the garage. Did a coopers Canadian blonde and threw in a wilko's delicate pilsner I had from last years half price sale to make it a toucan job :D Got the coopers from my TESCO for £3 as it closed down last weekend and they were selling off anything that had a mark on the packaging. The air lock was like a baby on a pea diet. That's 22 liters of grog for £8:thumbs:

    Got two dented cans of Geordie mild for £2.88 each so just about to do a toucan on that as well. £5.76 for a barrel of mild :D

    I love bargain brewing me :D
     
  16. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    I've got a cheap double golden ale kit from Wilkos about ready to bottle. As soon as that's done I'm going to stick a ipa double kit I got from Lakeland on. They're end of lining them so reduced to 13 quid from 23.
     
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  17. Mapped

    Mapped London town

    I'm gonna get a turbo cider on today. I have everything I need. This will be the first of my brews in the northern hemisphere :cool: I hope I put the FV the right way up.

    Gonna pop to wilkos tomorrow to see what they've got.
     
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  18. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    If there's a lakeland near you, try that too
     
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  19. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    So I've got a wilkos Golden lager kit and a cheap looking 5 year out of date bitter kit.

    What will happen if I use them both to brew a two tinner? Will I die, will is taste rank?
     
  20. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    No it will reap an award winning golden ale that you will never be able to make again. It will take the world by storm but it's success will be short lived (40 pints to be exact) . You will spend the rest of your life trying to find five year old bitter kits :thumbs:
     
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  21. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Anyone have experience of mini kegs?

    You can refill shop bought ones or buy new ones for about 6 quid each. These preserve the beer until 'cracked' at which point you have to drink all 5 litres within 3 days.

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    There's a slightly more hightech version, which lets you fit a C02 powered pump on the top - meaning you can dispense beer without making it go off. Bit more pricey though, the pumps cost about 40 quid (they take those little canisters)

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  22. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I've got a couple of the ones that lidl were selling with weisbeir in. They've been great for making ale for mates in and then they give me the cans back. I couldn't be arsed buying the kit ones though because everywhere I looked they were mighty expensive. Worth messing about with spent ones though ;)
     
  23. Dovydaitis

    Dovydaitis Official fishco fish groupie

    I might get some of these, where are they only 6 quid?
     
  24. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

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  25. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

  26. Dovydaitis

    Dovydaitis Official fishco fish groupie

    Down the road from me if it's the Farringdon I think it is
     
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  27. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    That's a bit of a bargain innit Doves. You could keg two kits with one of those. :cool:
     
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  28. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member

    The St Peter's didn't work so well but the Young's was a massive success. I was so impressed, I ordered a second kit before the first had fully cleared.
    One thing though, very slow. Over three weeks primary fermentation and the same again in the keg before it's properly drinkable.
    Anyway, a Festival Razorback IPA on the go, 1050 SG and an AlcoTech Triple Still wash that is still going ape shit after 10 days but will hopefully start chilling out and clearing in a few days.

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  29. diond

    diond Well-Known Member

    I'm just in the prelim' stages of researching at the moment, but was wondering if any if you could answer on here about the aroma / taste of my recent home brews. Both my Razorback and Young's American Pale Ale have had this perfumery taste / smell to them. It's not that bad that I can't drink them, but it's frustrating what is causing it. From initial Googling, others have mentioned a soapy smell to their home brew, and I'm leaning more towards this description but I'm nt 100% convinced. Has anyone else experienced this and managed to resolve it? Cheers, and 17.
     
  30. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I'll think of soap when the next one is ready and report back.
    Maybe you're overdoing the hops?
     

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