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Old 07-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #41
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I know its not second hand, but they LHBS has coppertun beer kits available for about $100, thats where i Started, and its taken off from there. you get all the kit except like a capper and a cane and tubing, which is a pretty good deal if you get stuck.

Pale Ale has quite a fruity Smell in the fermenter, I'm looking forward to it.



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Old 07-04-2012, 12:33 AM   #42
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It looks like most of the used kits on Trade Me are making it close to $100 before they close anyways so I might as well just start fresh. One thing that worries me is how cold my house is and that it could stall fermentation even if I insulate it and add yeast energizer/nutrients to my brews. Anyone have a cheap alternative to a heat pad sussed out?



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Old 07-04-2012, 01:18 AM   #43
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I'm not sure about anyone else, but I've never bothered to much with temps. Get it to pitching temp then wrap it in a blanket and put it in you hot water cupboard, if you have one. I've never had a bad batch yet from doing that.

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I'm not sure about anyone else, but I've never bothered to much with temps. Get it to pitching temp then wrap it in a blanket and put it in you hot water cupboard, if you have one. I've never had a bad batch yet from doing that.
The flat I'm living in doesn't have access to the building's hot water cupboard unfortunately and the space heater we have barely keeps the room temperature at 16*C overnight while on full-blast. I found a much smaller space heater at work today that the boss said I could have so I'm going to insulate one of the built-in cabinets in my room. If the thermometer on the tiny space heater is sensitive enough to keep the space within a few degree of it's setting then I'll be in business.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #45
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Yeah, The Coppertun, kit is pretty standard but its gets things moving, iused a fin heater for awhile on half heat about half metre to a metre rom my brew and that maintained a nice ttemperature, its just expensive to run.

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I found a decent-looking Brewcraft kit online that I'm going to pick-up over the weekend and get started. I tried the fin heater in the cabinet but the temps were all over the place so that's not going to work. I'm going to plop the fermenter down in a shallow bucket of water with a fish tank heater on the side to keep temps stable.

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http://www.brewshop.co.nz/brewing-equipment/copper-tun-heat-pad.html
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As requested some shots of bottling time - on the blog as well: http://manawabrew.blogspot.co.nz/

Bottling station with crate for a seat


Pretty Pale - all I can think of Export Gold. Doesn't taste anything like it though!!


Jack Daniels chips sitting inside a muslin cloth bag within the fermenter


Should be good to go in three weeks, if I can wait that long.
Has to be one of my oddest smelling beers at bottling. Smells a little like stale water, no idea why, time will tell if its from the water or something else. Taste is very warm, lots of heat in the mouth and continues to the stomach. Something I was aiming for. Watch this space, or the blog for a tasting update

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Gee it does look very very pale! fingers crossed for you. the stale water situation doesnt sound good??

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Gee it does look very very pale! fingers crossed for you. the stale water situation doesnt sound good??
Meh at the end of the day its 5.8%ish so gets the job done. If its off, it'll be my first batch since I started Time will tell.

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