Last Activity:09-06-2007 9:17 AM
Posted in thread: Fresh hops on 09-02-2007 at 09:27 AM
Thanks very much for the advice. They smell great! Think I'll go for a single gallon tester
this year, and if it's ok will go for something bigger next year.Dave
Posted in thread: Fresh hops on 08-31-2007 at 11:26 AM
I went for a run this morning, and noticed loads of wild hops growing by the side of a road.
I'd really like to try making some beer with them, but don't know when they're ready for using,
how to prep...
Posted in thread: First taste on 08-31-2007 at 08:30 AM
Thanks very much everyone.I'm going to try and leave the rest a couple more weeks, but as I
said, it had been a very bad work day ;) The "recipe" was as follows:3lb of Brupaks Amber Malt
Posted in thread: First taste on 08-30-2007 at 04:08 PM
After a very nasty day at the office, I've just opened my first bottle from my first brew
slightly more than two weeks earlier than I'd planned.This particular bottle was only sealed
with a wine stopp...
Posted in thread: Do you need a siphon if... on 08-28-2007 at 09:58 PM
With my very first brew only 3 days into bottle I'm no expert, but having bought a bucket with
spigot I ended up using a siphon because a) the siphon gives greater control and a smoother
flow (less ch...
Posted in thread: First batch - about to bottle on 08-21-2007 at 08:07 PM
Thanks very much for the reply.Temp was about 72 F - I'll have to read up on the effects of
this.How would I go about making it stronger though? Simply more malt extract to begin with?
Posted in thread: First batch - about to bottle on 08-21-2007 at 06:21 PM
Well, my first brew appears to be complete. About 2 3/4 gallons, made from 3lb malt extract and
some brewer's gold hops, only bubbled for a couple of days and I've left it for about 10 days
Posted in thread: If you're new and brewing today clap your hands! *clap* on 08-07-2007 at 08:25 PM
*clap*Great looking kit and beer Jekster. Quite inspirational.My very first brew is happily
bubbling behind me as I type. Keep looking at it, checking the temperature, trying to smell it.
Might keep i...
Posted in thread: First brew - think I've messed it up! on 08-06-2007 at 08:29 PM
You'll be fine my friend. I would also suggest taking a look at this online book. It always
helps to have a large knowledge base and to familiarize yourself with all aspects of brewing
including the s...
Posted in thread: First brew - think I've messed it up! on 08-06-2007 at 02:24 PM
You boiled the extract in 1 gallon of water and added it to 2 gallons of cold water in the
fermenter but what about the additional 2 gallons? Maybe you were fixing on a 3 gallon batch or
are you missi...