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by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Basic Stout
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Australia

Re: Basic Stout

Thanks Scott. While I've repeated this a few times now I haven't put enough focus on water amounts, something BIABcus helped to pin down. Now I'll start playing with different hops and timings.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Basic Stout
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Australia

Basic Stout

My first attempt at using the recipe template, it's for one I've brewed a few times now without much thought to accuracy of water quantities. I've plugged it into the BIABacus (also first time to use that with intent) to see what the water quantities really should be and my next brew day will follow...
by Muggy Dawson
5 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: I'm thinking of buying a...
Replies: 28
Views: 3000
Australia

Re: I'm thinking of buying a...

Might be a bit late, as I've already committed to a share in an organised bulk buy, but........I'm thinking (already bought, yet to try) of buying oxygen scavenging crown seals for my bottling. I only bottle, and the majority of my brews are highish % bitters, Stouts, etc, so I thought with the long...
by Muggy Dawson
5 months ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Sichuan pepper in an Ale.
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Australia

Re: Sichuan pepper in an Ale.

They're a strange sensation in food. I've found they numb my mouth enough that I can keep eating the spicy hot chillies in a dish, which is a little dangerous for the next day.

As suggested I may just try a small test batch, using a soaking then add like a hops addition.
by Muggy Dawson
5 months ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Sichuan pepper in an Ale.
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Australia

Re: Sichuan pepper in an Ale.

These aren't peppers or chillies, they're a peppercorn type pepper. They belong to the rue or citrus family and the strength is fairly consistent. Different amounts will give varied flavour and effects with a lemony overtone, but generally this quote from Wikipedia covers it nicely - According to Ha...
by Muggy Dawson
5 months ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Sichuan pepper in an Ale.
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Australia

Sichuan pepper in an Ale.

Tasted Honey Ma Gold Ale the other week at Great Leap Brewing in Beijing. Loved this and wanted to have a go at making something similar. I've got some basic parameters for a recipe, but the only info I've got so far on the Sichuan pepper addition is to use them like a hop addition. Does anyone have...
by Muggy Dawson
5 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: I'm thinking of buying a...
Replies: 28
Views: 3000
Australia

Re: I'm thinking of buying a...

Started off with a simple hop sock, where one end is tied off and I clipped the other end on the side of the urn with a bulldog clip. Then I was drawn to the bling of a S/S hop spider and got one cheap online. Used it once and went back to the simple sock. The spider was a PITA to clean, and had too...
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Steeping Grains
Replies: 8
Views: 3309
Australia

Re: Steeping Grains

Does anyone have further thoughts on steeping darker grains (roasted barley, carafa 3, choc, etc) or using as a separate late addition to the mash? I've only ever milled them and added along with my base malt, one in all in from the start. I'm just looking at this for Stouts and wanted to see if the...
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: well it happened again
Replies: 3
Views: 662
Australia

Re: well it happened again

I hear you ;) I'm very green in my brewing journey, and one of my best yet has been a 'fly by the seat of your pants' brew with minimal measurements, planning or notes. And as the last bottle is finished off and into my belly it's hit home to me that I need to refine, remeasure, and record better. I...
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: This site is a major PITA :)
Replies: 7
Views: 1210
Australia

Re: This site is a major PITA.

It's great isn't it.
There was a question about hops additions I was pondering late this arvo, and after two minutes on here I found exactly the info I wanted, plus more.
Downside is that the kids are now monitoring my screen time :dunno:
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: Bloody Bottling Day
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Australia

Re: Bloody Bottling Day

Embrace the bottling, caress and love your bottles and they shall love you back.
Slow down and enjoy.

Some more name suggestions;
- Bottle Shank Kolsch,
- Shatter Mash,
- Prosthetic Kolsch.
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: Yeasts
Topic: Real Wort Starter?
Replies: 28
Views: 11244
Australia

Re: Real Wort Starter?

I'm planning out two identical grain bills of Stout to ferment at the same time in separate F.Vs. both with Wyeast Irish Ale 1084. One Pride of Ringwood, the other Fuggles. I've only used a smack pack once before (whole thing all in), and wanted to split this one for the two starters using 1L of pos...
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 180
Views: 51103
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

Between normal work and overtime I'll be lucky to sleep over the next few weeks. Can't see me getting down that way again until mid June when I go on holidays. Work and family commitments are really stretching my time. Even having to pencil in brew days on the calendar now instead of just waking up ...
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: A question about Oats - to toast or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600
Australia

Re: A question about Oats - to toast or not?

I'll try this for my next brew, there's a f.v free for it to go straight into and I can leave the wort until it's cool enough that the f.v can handle it. Then straight into the temp fridge until it comes to pitching temp. The cubes I'll only use for when there's no f.v available.
Cheers.
by Muggy Dawson
7 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: A question about Oats - to toast or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600
Australia

Re: A question about Oats - to toast or not?

You do not necessarily need a cube, you can turn off your heat source and no-chill in the kettle. I brew outdoors under a deck and when doing no-chill I cover the kettle with a sanitized cloth (binder clips around the edge) after Flame Out. It takes a while (weather/temperature dependent) to cool b...
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 180
Views: 51103
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

My Stout entry is done and bottled. I hope 5 months will be enough time sitting for it to condition nicely. Not sure what I'll do for another yet.There's a couple of 'dark horses' at the back of the cupboard that might get a run. :think:
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: The zen of bottling.
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Australia

The zen of bottling.

I've now got my bottling procedure down to a shade under one hour. 24 bottles clean and marked. I realised this morning how much I enjoy it, and find it is a bit like meditation. A little bit of deep breathing, relaxed movements, patience for each bottle to fill. Even washing bottles doesn't feel li...
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Big Mistake - first batch I've ever dumped from fermenter.
Replies: 7
Views: 2483
Australia

Re:

PistolPatch wrote:
1 year ago
I have now stuck permanent markers where I can easily get to them.
I started doing that too, but then mistakenly used permanent on my whiteboard I use for my brew days.
They are now strictly separated. :idiot:
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Measurement, Mathematics and Records
Topic: Hydrometer readings in clear or cloudy.
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Australia

Hydrometer readings in clear or cloudy.

I've recently purchased a second hydrometer and was thinking today as a tested my latest batches, does it make a difference if the sample is of clear wort or if there is some trub/cloudiness in it? I imagine I could test this with a 'very cloudy' Vs 'reasonably clear' set of samples, but my samples ...
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: Mash temp and time of mash.
Replies: 4
Views: 1181
Australia

Re: Mash temp and time of mash.

Thanks guys. I've got a SMASH of Maris Otter and Nelson Sauvin which turned out very nice last attempt but I thought not quite right. The mash temp for it was around 66-67C for 60mins. Today I thought I'd tweak it to give a slightly drier finish, but also added 100g of CaraAroma and subbed in some l...
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: Mash temp and time of mash.
Replies: 4
Views: 1181
Australia

Mash temp and time of mash.

I've been getting my water temp to 67C, usually up to 69C then adding grain in to get 67C, and maintaining this for 60mins prior to boiling. So far this has been my standard MO for all brews. Reading further though, I realise that higher or lower temps will possibly give dryer or sweeter wort. Wanti...
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: The BIPs Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 2123
Australia

Re: The BIPs Thread

I figured I could spend 1000's more $$$ on books for half the info on I get on here. I'm lucky enough to be getting into this form of brewing when so much experimenting, trial and error, and countless hours of groundwork have already been done. So no, thank you.
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: The BIPs Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 2123
Australia

Re: The BIPs Thread

I think I'm BIP'd up now!?
I purchased last night as a bit of a test to see what would happen.
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Bottling
Topic: Bottle storage options.
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Australia

Re: Bottle storage options.

Not yet. The majority of my bottles are in the bottom drawers though. These are also anti-tilt, allowing just one drawer to be opened at a time. Still going to fix to the wall.
by Muggy Dawson
8 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 180
Views: 51103
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

The Chapman Valley Show is on this September so I though now would be the time to get some brews together. My first time in any comp so it'll be an eye opener. Four classes for entries; Class 320 Lager Class 321 Light Ale Class 322 Dark Ale/Stout Class 323 Wheat Beer I reckon I'll give the Light Ale...

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