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Another method you can use with hard to get yeasts (such as Wyeast 1469) is to bottle off a few 'turbid' bottles at the end of your bottling or kegging session, prime them as normal and just stash them away. They can then be recultured in the same way as Coopers commercial beer yeasts from the bottl...

Some brewers just want grain to brain as quickly and easily as possible (or goop to brain is more accurate). Local Kit n Kilo guy here loves my BIAB brews and bemoans the fact that he can't afford an electric urn etc etc. I was round his place a couple of weeks ago and he showed me his brand new gas...

Great pics Bob I'm interested in American Cream Ales, based just on hearsay because we can't get commercial examples here in Australia: I recently brewed an attempt and it's just gone into the keg, tastes really smooth and neither malt nor hops predominate, but a nice corny twang. What do you think ...

Is that a Daihatsu Charade in the background? Nice beer! Off topic: Yes a genuine 1990 3 cylinder job. Its sole job is to go to the station and back twice a week, it only does about 3k a year. Better fuel economy than a Prius. :D It's also deceptive - nearly every day I get 4wds pulling up next to ...

I always do a 90 minute boil for lagers and 'cream ale' type brews. However I'm tending back to doing a 60 minute boil for ales nowadays. I've been doing some checking around UK breweries websites and many of them are quite open about what methods they use, for example the series of short videos on ...

I was listening a while ago to a "Jamil" show about American Ambers, and he admitted, to my surprise, that he usually bottles or kegs straight out of primary. I nearly always cold crash my beers in plastic jerry cans because, as they are 'skinny' I can fit 3 of them in my lagering fridge. However I ...

Font looks awesome. I find the great thing about BIAB is that you can adapt bits and pieces quite cheaply. For my skyhook system I just use a cheap galvanised awning Pulley, about $9, that I've strapped to a 4x2 that sits across a ceiling hatch in the garage, a few metres of awning cord and tie it o...

Cleaning The most important thing you can do is to thoroughly rinse and shake each bottle a few times as soon as possible after drinking. This is 99% of the battle. Then all that is usually necessary is to rinse each bottle with a “no rinse” sanitiser such as Starsan and store in a dust free place ...

Conditioning Once primed and capped, the beer will carbonate over the next few days and weeks as the residual yeast in the beer ferments the priming sugar, producing carbon dioxide. This gas is of course trapped, so remains in solution to give the characteristic fizz. Can I add clearing agents such...

Capping PET bottle caps can be re-used several times, especially the dedicated home brew bottles which are a bit more robust than supermarket soft drink bottles. Packs of new caps can be bought from home brew suppliers. Glass is almost universally capped using cheap and plentiful crown seals and on...

Filling and Priming Filling Probably the most useful and sanity-saving piece of kit during your bottling session will be a bottling stick or "cane". It goes right to the bottom of the bottle and when it touches the bottom, a spring loaded valve opens to release the beer for as long as the stick is ...

Types of Bottle [/b] In earlier times – up to the 1980s – home brewers invariably used glass beer bottles which were available in unlimited quantities, either by drinking the commercial beer and saving the bottle or by salvaging the bottles from recycling centres or from friends and relations. Thes...

A Guide to Bottling.

A Guide to Bottling By Michael Gardner (Beachbum) Most brewers’ introduction to bottling consists of instructions on a kit “Add a teaspoon of sugar to a large sterilised bottle or half a teaspoon to a small one, fill with beer, cap and leave for n weeks till mature”. However there’s a wealth of int...

Here in South East Queensland, even in the winter the water supply can be too warm for effective plate or counter-flow chilling. Mate Pete up the coast is setting up a system whereby the copper coil is embedded in a solid block of ice like a frozen prehistoric specimen and he'll run his wort through...

Kegging for Beginners

Basic Kegging By Michael Gardner (Beachbum) Introduction There’s nothing like striding up to your own tap and pouring a pint of your best. However kegging can be very confusing for the beginner as there are so many possible setups, from the simple private setup in the brew shed which could just be ...

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