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  1. mattjgalloway

    Topping up to full volume

    Just did my first topping up batch. Hit the OG within 0.001. Seems good so far, but let's see what it's like when it's finished!
  2. mattjgalloway

    Topping up to full volume

    Interesting. How do you do that in BeerSmith?
  3. mattjgalloway

    Topping up to full volume

    Nice one :-). What about IBUs? Does it affect anything there? Do I need to change my calculations somehow?
  4. mattjgalloway

    Topping up to full volume

    I've just got a new fermenter which is 2 gallons in size. I've only had 1 gallon up until now. My boil kettle can hold around 7 litres, so ~1.5 gallons. So I can easily do a 1 gallon brew. But I'm wondering if I can top up the water at some point in the process to eek out to 2 gallons. I do...
  5. mattjgalloway

    Gravity issues

    So... it turns out that my hydrometer is reading +0.002. Which is, umm, what my OG and FG are out by usually! I've gone back and corrected my values everywhere and I'm feeling pretty good about my attenuations, and more realistic on the efficiencies now! I still need to watch the volumes, but I...
  6. mattjgalloway

    Stuck Fermentation - Dry Stout

    This exact same thing happened to me. Dry stout ending at 1.014 I mean. S-04 for me though rather than Nottingham. I bottled mine yesterday as it had been stuck at 1.014 for a few days. But then again, all of my brews seem to be ending up at a slightly high FG. I think I'm getting some...
  7. mattjgalloway

    Carboy vs bucket

    This is one of my reasons for going all bucket actually!
  8. mattjgalloway

    Carboy vs bucket

    Excellent! Thanks for all the advice everyone!
  9. mattjgalloway

    Carboy vs bucket

    Interesting... And it's OK to do a 1 gallon in a 5 gallon bucket?
  10. mattjgalloway

    Carboy vs bucket

    @Skep18 Great! Thanks for the thoughts! I think I may end up getting a 2 gallon bucket and then I can at least migrate up in the volume a little if I can find a slightly bigger pot.
  11. mattjgalloway

    Carboy vs bucket

    I only brew 1 gallon batches, for a few reasons. Mainly due to space constraints and the fact I like that I get to do more brew days and try more things. I'm only a few months into it and I have already done 7 brews. Anyway! I started with a Brooklyn Brewshop kit which has a glass carboy. It's...
  12. mattjgalloway

    Gravity issues

    Great question! Answer is two-fold. First, I messed up with 1 US gallon being 3.8 litres, whereas 1 imperial gallon (what I'm used to) is ~4.5 litres. And I was finding that it ended up just about right for my fermenter. But the fermenter is 3.8 litres, so that's why I started wondering about my...
  13. mattjgalloway

    Gravity issues

    Hey everyone. I'm having gravity issues with all of my brews. I usually overshoot the OG by a couple of points. And then the FG is overshot also by a couple of points. Now I may be able to answer my own question, but wanted to check here and see what people think. I have my volumes all set up...
  14. mattjgalloway

    Very low alcohol beer

    Ooo interesting. I would like to get the ABV down lower than 2% though if possible. What do you think I'd need to do to do that?
  15. mattjgalloway

    Very low alcohol beer

    Hey all. I'm still a novice, only 4 brews in, so bear that in mind here! I was wondering if anyone had any tips / thoughts on how to brew a very low alcohol beer, say around 0.5%. I know BrewDog have one, Nanny State, at 0.5%. It's really sweet, so I guess it has a high FG. Is it...
  16. mattjgalloway

    Bottle bomb advice

    Totally. I do that now :-). This one which I'm just drinking now was brew number 2, from a BBS kit. I wish I'd read up more because I really didn't know what I was doing. I did, however, measure out the honey properly. The thing is, it was about double was BeerSmith says. Maybe I've answered my...
  17. mattjgalloway

    Bottle bomb advice

    I'm looking for some advice. I opened a couple of my latest brew tonight and got a load of beer in my face. The bottles were gushing just like I've seen bottle bombs do on youtube. The thing is, it appears that all of this batch are like that, except the one I opened a week ago. Today is 3...
  18. mattjgalloway

    Weird results on day 1.

    Hmm. BrewSmith says 24.8 EBC. Any idea why it would be different? It's 4.5 litres I've been going for to be precise. Also, isn't even 33.2 meant to be a lot lighter than that? Of course, it's really hard to see in the photo so maybe you can't answer that!
  19. mattjgalloway

    Weird results on day 1.

    That's good to know. On my last brews, the break material settled pretty much straight away. Then got churned up when the beer was vigorously fermenting. Do you know why it's floating in this one?
  20. mattjgalloway

    Weird results on day 1.

    Yeh it's got a blowoff. The tube in the photo is the blow off. It's bubbling away nicely into the tub of sanitiser. The last two brews bubbled over a little, so I'm sure this one will too!
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