Home Brew Questions

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

  1. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    When chucking out a fair bit of my failed home brew it wasn't the beer that went that upset me, but the bottles I'd removed the labels from. I've kept back 40 but there isn't that much storage free for more if they aren't being used. :(
  2. existentialist

    existentialist FiVe ᵈAʸs tᵒ FʳᵉeᵈOᵐ

    You mean there's a big stash of clean de-labelled beer bottles hanging around unwanted...?


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  3. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I am going to try again. Just need to brave the cold and finish the dam patio and get the new shed up.

    I've still got a few kits floating around. Thinking next time a little aquarium heater in a tub of water so it's a more constant temp in my kitchen and buying a different yeast strain. And only doing one batch until I know it's alright.

    Annoyingly my cider was alright. I'm just not as keen on cider.
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  4. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I went feral with last two brews. Forty pints of stout and 40 of bitter. Couldn't be bothered with syphoning off and bottling up.
    Left in the cold for two months then just dug a carafe in repeatedly till gone.
    Tastes lush though.
  5. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Whilst kegging is easier than bottling, I've now got some rust inside some of my kegs, which is a pain in the arse!
  6. DaRealSpoon

    DaRealSpoon Do not try and bend the spoon...

    We've just started on the first few bottles of last years 'Slider'.

    Cider made with left over gin-soaked sloe berries chucked in for good measure.

    Tasting report = Dangerous, very dangerous :D :cool:
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  7. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Might start cleaning kit in the hope of warmer climes...
  8. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown Well-Known Member

    I use one of these and an old heat mat that used to keep my GFs dog warm. Keeps a brew on all year round.
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  9. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I was so skint a year or so ago that I had 120 pints in secondary fermentation and then had no gas or lecy to keep the brews warm enough to get the fizz. I tried cuddling the barrels and encouraged the cat to do the same but alas it was not enough.
    I want in short the weather to do its thing.
    2 big brews, early summer and autumn.
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  10. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    This thread has reminded me that last year’s cider needs bottling - all 42 gallons of it. Bottle conditioning will be done in a few days in this weather :cool:
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  11. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I've got this on the go currently.


    It's nice to be brewing again. :thumbs:
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  12. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    09395476-6B50-4DC6-BB29-A3346EE21839.jpeg Just sampling last year’s bottle-conditioned scrumpy - dry and checking in at 8% abv it goes down a bit too easily
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  13. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Embarking on cider...but also thought I might do some nettle beer again. Not as horrible as it sounds.
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  14. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Going to start the cleaning process tomorrow. Thinking of a bitter and a stout for Christmas.
    I'm a bit more wary of brewing after a few years. It's sometimes easy to get into necking it at an alarming (even to me) rate.

    Plus I start far too much in a manic enthusiasm and, given the last batches which never got bottled as I had no energy when it was time, I don't want to over reach.

    I ideally need a South London based beer partner. Split the costs, work and beer.

    Anyone? :D
  15. Scaggs

    Scaggs following seagulls

    I've gone a bit overboard stocking up for Christmas
    Got 4 gallons of apple and fruit juce wine and three 5 gallon beer kits on the go
  16. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I lurve the crochet work.
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  17. Scaggs

    Scaggs following seagulls

    I'm trying to do one for my 5 gallon carboy but I've run out of wool. Did them on a round knitting loom.
  18. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Thank fuck it's not over.

    Today I threw out:

    Two fermenting buckets.
    Six demijohns and airlocks.
    Two pressure barrels.
    Eighty pint bottles.
    A heating belt.
    A heating pad.
    A Leibig's condenser.
    A box full of assorted odds and ends, a hydrometer, a thermometer etc.

    Loft clearance, no one round about wanted the stuff.
  19. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

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  20. Scaggs

    Scaggs following seagulls

  21. kwaimaisabai

    kwaimaisabai Well-Known Member

    I'd have had the Leibig condenser. I have absolutely no use for a Liebig condenser and no intention of finding a use for a Leibig condenser but I love glassware.
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  22. existentialist

    existentialist FiVe ᵈAʸs tᵒ FʳᵉeᵈOᵐ

    Probably the least postable bit of the whole kit and caboodle, though :(
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