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Forum: Electric Brewing 11-21-2013, 09:56 PM
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Posted By buggslife
Lightbulb Boil Circulation - Position of Elements

Any thoughts on the best positions for two electric heating elements in the attached HLT?

http://old-town-brewery.com/DSC_0013.JPG

The diameter is 770mm and I'm planning on fitting 1 x 406mm...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-09-2012, 07:22 AM
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Posted By buggslife
Daksin, you are right. When I originally posted...

Daksin, you are right. When I originally posted I had caught it early, but last night I went to keg and here is how the infection had developed in bucket 1:


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Whilst bucket 2 was more...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-08-2012, 08:03 AM
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Posted By buggslife
Thanks for your input everyone. I've started...

Thanks for your input everyone. I've started looking through that thread and it helps to see such variety.

I'll taste mine tonight and, if it is ok, I'll bottle and keg it. If it tastes like it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-06-2012, 12:05 PM
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Posted By buggslife
Infections

What do you guys reckon?

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I have a few batches of IPA's fermenting. They are all clearly infected to varying extents, but have you guys got experience with this type?

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It seems...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-28-2012, 09:14 PM
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Views: 739
Posted By buggslife
Interesting stuff. I have been studying glass...

Interesting stuff. I have been studying glass fractures for 8 years for my job (geeky I know) and will try and help.

Static Fatigue us a real phenomenon in glass breakage: it is where glass us...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-06-2011, 10:24 AM
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Views: 1,671
Posted By buggslife
Update on Outcome

My first keg was a great success.

Primed for 3.8 volumes CO2, the Weissbier came out exactly as hoped. First pint was half foam, subsequent pints perfect.

When about 60% full I injected an...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-01-2011, 11:45 AM
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Views: 1,671
Posted By buggslife
Just feel it's worth commenting on the reponse...

Just feel it's worth commenting on the reponse from Sanch, just in case some noobie stumbles across this post...

"if you release the pressure it will not carbonate"
This is a misconception.

A...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-23-2011, 06:42 PM
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Views: 1,671
Posted By buggslife
You need to purge the head space if air, then let...

You need to purge the head space if air, then let CO2 build up.

Any opinions on sneaking a sample from the tap or will it start to ruin the batch?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-21-2011, 06:42 AM
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Posted By buggslife
It is a plastic keg like the Bottom Tap King Keg....

It is a plastic keg like the Bottom Tap King Keg.

So far I have been unscrewing the cap slightly to release pressure and now think the head space of air has been purged.

Would be nice if there...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-20-2011, 01:09 PM
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Posted By buggslife
Ok, the beer is primed and in the keg. Now, how...

Ok, the beer is primed and in the keg.
Now, how do I purge the head space?
It is the pin type valve (for bulb / sparklet) CO2. I cannot see a release valve - see attached pic.

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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-20-2011, 01:02 PM
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Posted By buggslife
I'd second the Weihenstephaner bottles, so easy....

I'd second the Weihenstephaner bottles, so easy. Also Leffe in UK.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-15-2011, 11:09 AM
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Views: 1,671
Posted By buggslife
Cheers people. On the cloudy front I am...

Cheers people.

On the cloudy front I am thinking this is less of an issue with Weissbier as it's meant to be somewhat cloudy.

That got me thinking - how easy or good an idea is it to hand pull...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-14-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By buggslife
Natural Priming in a Keg

I have just got a second hand pressure barrel / keg and, having never kegged before, I have a few questions hopefully you can help with.

I would like to keg my German Weissbier and intend to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-09-2011, 05:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By buggslife
Brief update on this topic - 2 of my last 4...

Brief update on this topic - 2 of my last 4 batches have had decent amounts if "roasted barley" added.

I grilled it until partially black and used in both my Porter and a recent meaty mild.
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Forum: Brew Science 11-09-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By buggslife
Multi Rest Mash Order

I've been reading up on mash science recently (geek) and was mulling over the traditional multi stage mash schedules, particularly popular in Germany.

Why do they tend to start with a low...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2011, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By buggslife
Sounds good to me - think I'll leave it then as I...

Sounds good to me - think I'll leave it then as I have done in previous brews.

Still interested to hear other opinions on the subject though.

Does anyone usually leave it alone but will remove...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By buggslife
Just after people's views on whether to remove...

Just after people's views on whether to remove kraeusen ( krausen ) from a porter?

Advantages? Disadvantages?

Just got an all grain batch on the go last night and time to decide whether to act...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,340
Posted By buggslife
To answer your earlier question Daffy I think I...

To answer your earlier question Daffy I think I would have watered it down because I am not keen on beers that strong but you could just stick with it - will be an interesting session round your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-17-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By buggslife
Depends on temperature among other things - a few...

Depends on temperature among other things - a few days should give some pressure and several weeks should give a good chunk of intended carbonation.

If you're unsure I recommend making a test...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-17-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,340
Posted By buggslife
Classic volume mistake - need take note of the...

Classic volume mistake - need take note of the difference between batch size and boil size.

Just came across this thread and it jumped out at me that the volume must have been wrong. OG is simply...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-14-2011, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By buggslife
Thanks for the reply - I will look into epoxies...

Thanks for the reply - I will look into epoxies again. I had a quick look at sealants but didn't see any 'food grade', at least not at 100C.

Twas only a quick look and you are right, it would be...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-14-2011, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By buggslife
Will try roasting it for the Porter next...

Will try roasting it for the Porter next (assuming I fix my boiler!)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-14-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By buggslife
D'oh - Kettle Element Seal

This is going to be a tad awkward to explain without decent photos, which i hope to add tomorrow night but I'm desperate to sort this problem so am hoping someone can advise....

I made a very much...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-01-2011, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By buggslife
Thanks Erik - the idea of roasted barley to make...

Thanks Erik - the idea of roasted barley to make porters sounds ideal. I can't wait to try it as I'm well keen on nutty flavoured ales.

Found a very brief bur useful guide on this site:...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-30-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By buggslife
Use for whole barley

I have a packet of whole (un-malted) barley I bought a while back on a whim thinking I could use it in some way.

Anyone have any suggestions?

I don't intend to malt it but thought maybe it...
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