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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-09-2013, 08:08 PM
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Posted By RickCov
Hey all, So it's been 3 weeks since I first...

Hey all,

So it's been 3 weeks since I first bottled the stuff and now it tastes... Ok. It doesn't taste like a beer I've tasted before but it does have a sweet, almost ice cream aroma to it and is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-24-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,353
Posted By RickCov
Thanks guys, I'll do that. Either way I'll...

Thanks guys, I'll do that.

Either way I'll post an update here in a few weeks just so people can learn from potential mistakes I've made..
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-24-2013, 04:33 PM
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Posted By RickCov
.... And apologies for the metric units!! :-D

.... And apologies for the metric units!! :-D
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By RickCov
Ok, I'll try and get this all in one shot... Yes...

Ok, I'll try and get this all in one shot... Yes I boiled in a polypropylene bucket which is used as a more efficient way for us in the UK to brew all grain.. I researched before hand and the plastic...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-23-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By RickCov
So I ruined my first all grain batch!..

Hey HBT!

So I finally took the plunge into AG after only a couple of successful Extract kits and already "it" seems to have hit the fan. Brew day went well with the the "DIY" equipment I was...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-10-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By RickCov
Thanks guys, it's only an experiment at this...

Thanks guys, it's only an experiment at this stage so I bought a 500g bag from the LHBS, so I don't suppose it's feed barley.

One thing I have noticed is that it's growing incredibly slow! I...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-09-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By RickCov
Growing Barley

Hey,

I recently bought a bag of whole barley and planted it in the hope that I can make some specialty malts, only thing is I don't know if it's spring or winter barley.

Does anyone know if...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-25-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,133
Posted By RickCov
Peroni Clone anyone?

Hi all,

I recently found a Grolsch clone recipe which I am looking forward to brewing but what I really want is a decent Peroni clone. for any who haven't experienced, it's almost like Italy's...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-25-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
So here it is, the finished product, looks like I...

So here it is, the finished product, looks like I didn't need to worry after all, it tastes good too! Thanks guys :)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-15-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
Thanks for the encouragement inner10 :)

Thanks for the encouragement inner10 :)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-15-2013, 05:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
Brilliant, thanks guys! I feel more confident...

Brilliant, thanks guys! I feel more confident about the batch now.

And thanks WilliamSlayer, I've been brewing as an amateur for around a year now, starting out with different flavored juices from...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-14-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
Can anyone offer any advice here? Will the...

Can anyone offer any advice here?

Will the yeast use up the oxygen making it a normal color or will finings help the finished product?

Any help is appreciated

Thanks
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-14-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
I hope so too! It seems ok, it's fermenting away...

I hope so too! It seems ok, it's fermenting away like a trooper! It's just the colour, it looks more like scrumpy cider!

The kit is from a company called make your own. It came in a heavy duty...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-14-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RickCov
White wine must a browny color

Hi,

I got a white wine kit as a Christmas gift which I pitched on Saturday 12th. I'm a little concerned that the must is brown. Is this oxidation and will it clear as the yeast do their job? I...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-30-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
Thanks guys that's real helpful. I WILL master...

Thanks guys that's real helpful. I WILL master the art of malting!
Forum: DIY Projects 06-30-2011, 02:32 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
So my malt is drying nicely in the sun at 90F and...

So my malt is drying nicely in the sun at 90F and feels nice and course, so once it cracks between the teeth it needs curing right? About 176F?? What is the recommended time frame for this stage?
Forum: DIY Projects 06-23-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
Absinthe, your a diamond, thanks. This is just...

Absinthe, your a diamond, thanks. This is just what I was looking for. My grains weren't squishy but you could press a finger nail in em. I think I will give the dryer another go but maybe use the...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-23-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
Aha. We may have identified the problem. Thanks...

Aha. We may have identified the problem. Thanks alot guys. I'm going to give it one more try but use a different drying technique. Does it matter how long it takes to dry because the only other...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-23-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
It was definately the acrospire that was 75%, not...

It was definately the acrospire that was 75%, not the rootlets.

I forgot to mention that after the second steeping phase, I kept the grain moist with a spray bottle of water for about 2 days then...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-22-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
Ok, so I continued with malting and brewing my...

Ok, so I continued with malting and brewing my batch and have just finished the boil. Ive cooled it and took a gravity reading and wait for it.. 1.008.

Heres what i did.. I steeped and dried the...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-19-2011, 09:25 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
It was advertised as "cleaned whole barley" from...

It was advertised as "cleaned whole barley" from brew2bottle but tbh I wasn't too happy with what I had bought. I paid 1.50 for 500g and discovered when I opened it that it was approx 5 - 10% wheat...
Forum: General Techniques 06-17-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,027
Posted By RickCov
Hi guys I'm also having this problem. I'm...

Hi guys I'm also having this problem. I'm planning on doing a small tester batch as I'm new to AGB. Would a 100% pale malt work if I used a pepper mill to crush the grains or would the chunks be too...
Forum: General Techniques 06-17-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,027
Posted By RickCov
Hi guys I'm also having this problem. I'm...

Hi guys I'm also having this problem. I'm planning on doing a small tester batch as I'm new to AGB. Would a 100% pale malt work if I used a pepper mill to crush the grains or would the chunks be too...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-16-2011, 07:59 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
I made sure i skimmed off the unwanted husks,...

I made sure i skimmed off the unwanted husks, chaff etc before hand but these seeds do not float so it's alot harder to remove them. if they are not damaging i may just carry on malting and remove...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-15-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 126,511
Posted By RickCov
Hi everyone, so I've moved onto malting barley...

Hi everyone, so I've moved onto malting barley instead of wheat after an unsuccessful attempt. I've just received a batch of whole barley from brew2bottle and after washing it I noticed tiny black...
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