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    Slight alcoholic aroma

    Hi all It's been a while since I posted here. I've been plodding along solidly with the odd all-grain batch as and when I begin to run out. For the first time in a little while, I've been counting my bottles, because I've had so many batches in bottles at the same time. I've been noticing a...
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    Trying to craft a simple small beer (BIAB)

    A few weeks back I went for a weekend brew session at a commercial brew space, and while I was brewing, had a beer they had brewed which had an ABV of 2.5%. It tasted amazing, and to be frank, was good enough that I'd drink it even if I wasn't driving. It got me thinking I should try and make...
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    Is all-grain really THAT much better than extract?

    I have just tasted my very first bottle of my very first all-grain brew, and it tastes completely, utterly, and amazingly good. It was a SMaSH Pale Ale made with NZ Cascade hops, regular pale ale malt, and US-05. What puzzles me so much is that this brew was full of mistakes. I missed my...
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    Wine from freeze-concentrated juice

    I've been wondering about something for a while, and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot on the web about it. I have a Loquat tree that has been a prolific fruiter for a few years now. in fact, it's the reason I got started in winemaking to begin with. I've picked a lot of fruit from it...
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    Terrible Efficiency

    After my first BIAB all-grain experience, I decided I would repeat the entire process with the exact same recipe second time around, to try and either improve on the errors I made last time, or figure out where I may have gone wrong. My first batch had two issues that I noted. First, my mash...
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    Taking gravity readings without compromising your brew

    I've bottled too soon, for about the second or third time now. It's no biggie, since I use PET bottles for this very reason. I can check the pressure and release it when it gets too high. Yes, it's tedious doing bottle by bottle, but otherwise it's harmless. As you can tell, I didn't check...
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    1st BIAB completed

    After spending the last few years brewing only extract beers (some pre-hopped, some from base LME or DME) I decided it was about time I tried all grain. A few things helped sway me. Recently I went to an expo where there was a grainfather stand, which got me thinking maybe that's something I...
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    STC-1000 went bang

    Are all STC-1000s created equal? I ordered one from Ali Express, which took an absolute age to arrive here. Finally it arrives, so I go and buy the parts I need, wire it up, and get an abysmal failure. At first, I thought all was going well, because the LEDs lit up, then they went to EE and...
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    Storing fruit for winemaking

    There is a slight dilemma I will be faced with in the not-too-distant future, which I'd appreciate some advice on. I'm both a winemaker and a brewer, and have made successful iterations of both. My trademark wine, to date, has been Loquat wine made from fruit grown on a large tree in my...
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    STC-1000 units with 3-pin plugs

    Hi all After a year of homebrewing, I'm reaching the stage now where I'm actually producing some nice beers that I'm quite proud to give my friends a taste of. One key element I've found is the water I'm using, but even more important is temperature control. I've really enjoyed the winter...
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    Yeast stuck to the bottom of bottles

    Hi all For my most recent batch (a modified Coopers Dark Ale) I used M07 yeast with very high flocculation. It's so high that you can pour right to the last drop from a carbed bottle and see virtually no apparent yeast in the pour. However, of course there's a downside. Normally, when I...
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    First experience with temperature control

    I've posted enough questions on here. I figured it was about time I posted something contributing. I'm here to share my first experience using temperature control. I'm in the southern hemisphere, so it's definitely winter here at the moment. So far I have only brewed ales, and cold is not...
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    Oxidation Blues

    It seems I was destined for some bad fate after my first three batches all turned out superb, even after what felt like a near miss with my third. My third, fourth, and perhaps even fifth all have what I'm fairly sure is oxidation. Batches 1 and 2 were based on Coopers Real Ale, using the...
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    Coopers Dark Ale minus Dextrose

    I've made several small batches based around Coopers' Real Ale, and each time I do I head closer and closer to a dextrose-free batch. In fact, my most recent batch (which is fermenting as I write) was effectively a two-can brew (using the leftover extract and as much water as needed to bring the...
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    Bottle by clarity or FG alone?

    I have made my second 5 gal batch since getting my plastic kit fermenter for Christmas. It's a Mangrove Jacks Pale Ale, and I think right now I can say that it's been by far the most 'by the book' brew I've made. Fermentation was all but done in about 4-5 days, and today at 16 days the bubbles...
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    At what point do you decide to dump?

    I've had a batch of Mangrove Jacks Dark Best Bitter fermenting since boxing day that has been wrought with issues. My first mistake was pitching the yeast when the wort was slightly too warm. I didn't get any fruity aromas, but I spent the next few days worrying about whether I had screwed up...
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    Painstakingly slow last third of fermentation

    I got a Mangrove Jacks 5 gal kit for Christmas, and on the 26th, started my first batch with it. It's a Mangrove Jacks Dark Best Bitter, which uses pre-hopped LME and a dry hop addition at 5 days. The yeast is Mangrove Jacks M79 Burton Union. The starting gravity was 1.040, slightly lower than...
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    Painstakingly slow last third of fermentation

    Something weird happened with the site, and this post ended up being cloned.
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    Taste improving over time

    I bottled my first ever batch of homebrew (Coopers Real Ale) on November 18th 2014. I've since made another batch with additional DME and hops, which is bottle conditioning, and the third is in the throes of finishing fermentation. On what appeared to be common advice, I waited not two but...
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    Small Batch Headspace

    My first batch is sitting in its bottles during the agonising two week conditioning period. (Strange how I'm used to wine speeds and now whining about having to wait a whole two weeks... but I digress.) I'm now thinking about my second batch, and have ordered some DME and 100g of Waimea Hops...
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