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Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-16-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Murray
Dry - hopping quantity?

I have made a batch of english bitter, and the target stats are :

OG 1.047
FG 1.011
bitterness : IBU 30ish

I want to dry-hop to give a fruity, zesty kick to it. Not to give it anything like a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Murray
Good point, so an unfiltered, bottle conditioned...

Good point, so an unfiltered, bottle conditioned beer is the way forward. Noted. Thanks very much all for these posts. they have put me on precisely the right track (I hope)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Murray
Does everyone get their live beer from...

Does everyone get their live beer from bottle-conditioned beers? We have a lot of live beer in the UK which are cask ales. Very difficult to get an empty cask. If I were to go up and order a pint of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Murray
Many thanks, guys. Now I am all set. Will head...

Many thanks, guys. Now I am all set. Will head out and try to find myself some good live beer to get my yeasts from.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Murray
Thanks very much for the tips, and the video...

Thanks very much for the tips, and the video link. I will give them both a try. Any idea how long these yeasts will last for in the fridge? Do i store the dregs from the primary until a few days...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Murray
In search of yeasts

I have been using Wyeast yeasts for making most of my beers. I tend to use new yeast everytime I brew (I don't brew as often as I should). Has anyone got any experience with cultivating yeasts...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-01-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By Murray
Help! Carboy cleaning

I have a glass carboy (5 gallon) and I have got crusted yeast cake / residue deposits at the bottom of the carboy and on the sides (inside) where the wort level was for my last batch. I have tried...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-01-2013, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By Murray
Is there anything else I can use, because I can't...

Is there anything else I can use, because I can't find rice hulls.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-26-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By Murray
Help on rice hulls

I want to make a recipe and it calls for rice hulls. I cannot find these in my home brew store (I live in London, UK). Is there something I can substitute? Are rice hulls used for flavour or sugars,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-24-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 167
Posted By Murray
Bottle-Ageing Porter

I made a batch of porter recently (OG 1.051, FG 1.011) and have kegged half and bottled half. I have been told a few times that porter tastes better after it has conditioned for a month or so. I hope...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-27-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By Murray
I am pretty sure it has something to do with...

I am pretty sure it has something to do with sanitation or carbonation too. If the beer tasted good as soon as it was carbed, then I think everything up to that point was done correctly. The passage...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-26-2012, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Murray
Many thanks guys - mind at ease now.

Many thanks guys - mind at ease now.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-26-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Murray
haha - thanks. You think it is all ok?

haha - thanks. You think it is all ok?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-26-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Murray
Sponge growth in my fermenter

I am making a lager beer, and have used Wyeast 2278 Pilsner yeast. I pitched 2 packs (100bn cells per pack, viability 70% as per the Beersmith cals) into my wort, and have defnitely noticed yeast...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-23-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
Hi Guys I raised my temperature to 10c as...

Hi Guys

I raised my temperature to 10c as Vale suggested, did not aerate or shake, or pitch more yeast, and after 2 days I got a perfect fermentation started! Bubbling away like mad now at 10c,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
Thanks Guys. I have raised my temperature to 10c....

Thanks Guys. I have raised my temperature to 10c. I figure if I need to go get another smackpack I might as well get 2 and start another batch since I have grain and hops aplenty. I am going to give...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 01:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
Thanks Guys. This is my first lager, so I am...

Thanks Guys. This is my first lager, so I am kind've OK with a failed batch. A very clear message through this is that I need to use more yeast going forward, so that I will definitely do for my next...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
The batch is a shade under 20 litres, so about 5...

The batch is a shade under 20 litres, so about 5 gallons in a glass carboy
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
Thanks Guys. I will raise temperature to 10C...

Thanks Guys. I will raise temperature to 10C straight away, and will gently agitate the yeast cake to get things moving. I willl see if that works before pitching more yeast. The Wyeast activator...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
ok, then I think fermentation is happening,...

ok, then I think fermentation is happening, because I am seeing a drop (albeit a slow one) in gravity. I will give it another 5 or 6 days and see if it is still dropping, or has stopped.

If it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 08:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Murray
Lager Fermentation Question

Hi,

I brewed a lager beer last weekend, (OG1.045) and I used a pack of the Wyeast Czech Pilsner yeast (liquid activator - direct pitch). The smack pack had worked fine (swollen up nicely) at...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-15-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By Murray
Thanks. Yeah I don't like overly carbed bitters,...

Thanks. Yeah I don't like overly carbed bitters, and prefer the tap bitters in the UK which are more mildly carbonated. Does anyone know what a Sambrooks, or a Fullers etc would be in terms of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-15-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By Murray
Help : Carb levels

I have just brewed a standard/ordinary English bitter and it is sitting in secondary waiting to be bottled. I have hit all my gravity targets, the clarity is excellent after fining, the taste is...
Forum: General Techniques 02-13-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,738
Posted By Murray
Yeah I have found the immersion heater is...

Yeah I have found the immersion heater is actuallly fine. It does get hot, but you get convection and so the beer around it circulates a bit. Also, with a small heater in a large bosy of beer, you...
Forum: General Techniques 02-02-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By Murray
Boil time - help!

Hi All,

When a recipe talks about doing a 60 minute boil, or a 90 minute boil with your hops, do they mean 90 mins from the time the wort starts to boil or 90 mins from the time you heat the mash...
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