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Player most likely to be a beer snob

  • Sam Butler

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Andrew Gaff

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Jack Watts

    Votes: 3 30.0%
  • Brant Colledge

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • Jonathan Giles

    Votes: 2 20.0%

  • Total voters
    10
  • Poll closed .

FKASC

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My rye ipa is still not properly carbed - need to suss out my reg pressure and s**t.

Had a schooner tonight (yes finally July is over). It’s an interesting brew. Bitter as hell, some intense almost metallic cola sweet notes but they don’t linger at all, great simcoe nose. Copper not red at all unfortunately.

Needed less of the melanoidin malts, less bittering hops, more carb. Hopefully time will mellow it out a bit
 

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FKASC

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My new fermenter filled with Kolsch. The wort before I added yeast tasted incredible. Very excited about this batch.

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My previous batch. Doesn’t look this red when it’s not in the light but still pretty nice. The hop bitterness has subsided a bit and it’s pretty tasty. Not perfect though.
 

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Update - my red IPA is way more balanced now in terms of bitterness. Amazing how much difference a week or two and proper carbonation makes.
 

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I've drunk 20/32 pints of the NEIPA and have given 6 to my brother in law (tax for building the stand with me) leaving me with 6 left.

Time to start thinking about the next brew very soon. Think I might copy FKASC and go the red IPA.
Mine has settled nicely. I would probably revise the recipe a bit but otherwise I’m liking it.

Prob reduce the bittering hop amount by about 25% and get rid of one of the three specialty grains.

Simcoe is going really nicely with the malt character though, so I’d recommend making that your main hop for it combined with something like chinook/centennial. I don’t reckon the more tropical fruity hops would play as well with the richer malts

Squinting to see the footy there. I assume it becomes easier with a few beers under the belt!
Yeah it’s a small telly but can’t bear the idea of spending a s**tload on something big.
 

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It's been a while between drinks.

Looking to do another brew, this time with a quick boil of an extract with some hop additions.

My main concern is heating as the go to places in my house for fermentation are sitting at around ~15 degrees for the most part. I don't have room for another fridge at the moment, but just wondering if others have used a heat belt and temp controller combo in a small space like under the stairs that will assist in keeping the temp of an ale up?
 

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It's been a while between drinks.

Looking to do another brew, this time with a quick boil of an extract with some hop additions.

My main concern is heating as the go to places in my house for fermentation are sitting at around ~15 degrees for the most part. I don't have room for another fridge at the moment, but just wondering if others have used a heat belt and temp controller combo in a small space like under the stairs that will assist in keeping the temp of an ale up?
15° overnight? That's actually pretty reasonable. I was finding temp controlling around the tried and tested 18 wasn't actually turning out that well. I did a brew with Nottingham around 16° and the ferment was much cleaner.

Not forgetting the target temp is what's occuring in the centre of the fermenter, not the ambient temp. Someone on PHBS recently tested the temperature at various positions of a fermenter including within it and found the readings to vary by up to a few degrees.

You may be hindered mostly when trying to finish the ferment and complete diacetyl rest. So to answer your question yes before I got my fermenting fridge I put a large cardboard box under my stairs with a heat belt suspended in the space and a few towels on the ground. It was some proper MacGyver s**t but it worked!
 

FKASC

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It's been a while between drinks.

Looking to do another brew, this time with a quick boil of an extract with some hop additions.

My main concern is heating as the go to places in my house for fermentation are sitting at around ~15 degrees for the most part. I don't have room for another fridge at the moment, but just wondering if others have used a heat belt and temp controller combo in a small space like under the stairs that will assist in keeping the temp of an ale up?
Yeah I think you should be fine at current Melb winter temps if you’re using something like US05. Once it kicks into gear it’ll warm itself up.

I have a heat pad that I simply rest against the fermenter and cover it all with a towel when I want to warm it up for a D rest. Cost about $30.
 

FKASC

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Cheers lads, so thinking something as simple as this one for when it gets a bit chilly -


Mine’s similar to this https://www.cleverbrewing.com.au/heat-pad.html

I reckon you’d be able to find a second hand one online cheaper - seems to the sort of thing people sell fairly often

If you wait til tomorrow G&G have a Father’s Day sale 20% off
 

FKASC

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Been filling up PET bottles straight from the keg with carbed beer using one of those cheap carbonation caps and a bit of beer line. Works surprisingly well!
 

DanWCE

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Been filling up PET bottles straight from the keg with carbed beer using one of those cheap carbonation caps and a bit of beer line. Works surprisingly well!
That's pretty cool. To drink soon thereafter or to give to mates for another day? That'd be a handy way to take your beers on the road (park, beach, party..)
 

FKASC

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That's pretty cool. To drink soon thereafter or to give to mates for another day? That'd be a handy way to take your beers on the road (park, beach, party..)
Bit of both. Poured one on thurs to have this weekend and it was still perfectly carbed, clear and tasted great.

Couldnt see it not staying carbed as long as you didn’t open the cap, although you wouldn’t want to ‘condition’ it for too long in the bottle.

You could easily do it in a 2L coke bottle for a party which would be growler size
 

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