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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-03-2006, 08:44 AM
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Posted By mike004
Give your beer some time out

I think the best advice to any newbie brewer is to just be patient!

This was brought home to me when I made a batch of Bavarian lager. After 6 weeks in the bottle it still tasted harsh and smelt...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-06-2006, 12:58 PM
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Views: 1,466
Posted By mike004
Belgian yeast: dubbel vs. saison

For my next two brews, I am going Belgian:

Biere du Garde/Saison
Dubbel strong brown ale

Can anyone recommend a yeast (prefer White Labs) that will cover *Both* these styles (brew the first,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-19-2006, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,892
Posted By mike004
Vienna malt recipes

I bought some Vienna malt at the weekend. I've never used this malt before.
What is the color?

Recipe suggestions please for these ingredients:
6lb vienna malt
3lb amber LME
Safale lager...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2006, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 884
Posted By mike004
In case a bottle decides to explode. Also, as a...

In case a bottle decides to explode. Also, as a deterrent to stop me opening the box too soon.

Mike
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-18-2006, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 884
Posted By mike004
Good news, sounds like the brew will mellow and...

Good news, sounds like the brew will mellow and improve with time.

I put the bottles in a cardboard box and then taped it up.
Is it OK to store the bottles at room temp? I know cool storage is...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-18-2006, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 884
Posted By mike004
Taste test at bottling

Just bottled a Czech pilsener, after 4 weeks in 2ndary. It tasted good!

Question: If a beer tastes good at bottling time, will it still be good (or better) following carbonation in the bottle? In...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-09-2006, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,114
Posted By mike004
Normally I use roasted barley for my dark beers...

Normally I use roasted barley for my dark beers (stouts, porters).
But I have just bought some chocolate malt and will try that instead.
Is chocolate OK in a smoked ale?


Mike
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-05-2006, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,114
Posted By mike004
1728 Scottish: OK for smoked beer?

My next project will be a strong Scotch ale ("wee heavy"), so I have ordered some Wyeast 1728 Scottish.

Question: does 1728 lend itself to other ale types? I was thinking of reusing the 1728...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-04-2006, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,614
Posted By mike004
I'm a newbie who hasn't got all the equipment....

I'm a newbie who hasn't got all the equipment. I've done several 2-gallon AG and partial mashes.

Pros: Good for learning/experimentation. You can mash on the kitchen stove.
Cons: Expensive, lot...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-04-2006, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,329
Posted By mike004
Thanks, I'll try one out. I was hoping they did a...

Thanks, I'll try one out. I was hoping they did a Scotch Ale, but apparently not. Maybe I'll look for the Dubbel.

Where are you going on your world beer tour?

Mike
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-03-2006, 04:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,329
Posted By mike004
BrewFerm kits for Belgian beers?

Newbie on brew #7.
I want to try a strong belgian beer next.
Anyone tried the Brewferm kits -- they are a Belgian company who sell in the UK.

I was thinking of using a BrewFerm kit as base,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2005, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By mike004
I've drunk rauchbier in Bamberg. First...

I've drunk rauchbier in Bamberg.
First mouthful, you don't like it much.
Second mouthful, mmm...not bad.
By the time you have finished the pint you have a craving for the stuff.

I walked into...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2005, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By mike004
Rauchbier: 3 gall recipe

The good news -- my local home brew shop in the UK has some rauch malt from Bamberg, Germany.
The bad news -- it is twice the price of normal UK pale base malt.

So, I am thinking of brewing an...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-13-2005, 01:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 937
Posted By mike004
Picnic cooler: ease of cleaning?

I'm currently doing "mini-mash" brewing using a variet of pots and pans on the kitchen cooker!
I'm thinking of going to a converted picnic cooler + copper manifold.

Question: How easy is the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2005, 12:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,211
Posted By mike004
Picnic cooler from UK high street shop at 15 ...

Picnic cooler from UK high street shop at 15
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0192279.htm

Mash tun from UK home brew web site at 45...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2005, 12:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,211
Posted By mike004
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0...

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0192279.htm

Are these the same type and size as Brupak use?
Mike
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2005, 10:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,211
Posted By mike004
Yes. They are reasonably priced. Though the...

Yes. They are reasonably priced. Though the postal charge is quite steep, obviously due to the bulk.
I am based in Yorkshire. Preferably I would like something I could pick up in my car.

Mike
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2005, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,211
Posted By mike004
I see you are in the UK... Where did you buy...

I see you are in the UK...
Where did you buy the picnic cooler/mash tun?
I'm looking for a cheap way to start AG.

Mike
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-07-2005, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,223
Posted By mike004
Some supplementary questions: If an ale yeast...

Some supplementary questions:
If an ale yeast forms a krausen on top of the brew as shown on the pic.
Does a lager yeast form krausen at the bottom of the brew -- or does this float up to the top....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-30-2005, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,494
Posted By mike004
Roast barley for dark lager?

I'm planning to make a stout and so I bought some roast barley at the weekend.
I will probably have some left over -- could I safely use a small amount roast barley in a "dark lager" recipe, just...
Forum: General Techniques 11-25-2005, 10:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,625
Posted By mike004
Why do you advise not to use table sugar? ...

Why do you advise not to use table sugar?
Surely, the idea is to build up the yeast population. What's the difference with using malt or a sugar solution as a "food" for the yeasties?

Mike
Forum: General Techniques 11-24-2005, 09:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,625
Posted By mike004
Is it Ok to use table sugar in solution as "food"...

Is it Ok to use table sugar in solution as "food" for a yeast starter?

My Wyeast smack pack is arriving this week...I plan to smack it, leave it a couple of days then start it off in a jam jar...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-23-2005, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 775
Posted By mike004
Yes, Muntons DME is widely available. But it...

Yes, Muntons DME is widely available.
But it works out more expensive than LME.
Typically, I will use only 1 or 2 lbs of DME in my recipes.

The only specific LME I have seen is online from a UK...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-23-2005, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 775
Posted By mike004
LME: light color for pilsners?

I'm thinking of brewing a pilsner. Mini-mash: grains + LME.

Question: The range of LMEs available in the UK are usually limited to light, amber and dark color. Will light LME be too dark for a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-21-2005, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,129
Posted By mike004
Cheap hydrometer is useless!

I've successfully brewed 4 batches so far without a hydrometer...but I suspected my latest batch using liquid yeast had stuck . So Ineeded to check the specific gravity...

I bought a cheapo...
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