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He's got all the gear. When I visited him last year, his malt prices are as good as Craftbrewer in Brisbane - locally - and he stocks heaps of stuff in big glass door fridges. If Craftbrewer drops the ball on home brewing and concentrates more on supplying Bacchus beer to craft bars that are springi...

I've found a brilliant colour adjustment called Briess Ultra Black, quite cheap. It's made from all malt and is sort of an instant coffee version of Weyermann Sinnamar. It's virtually flavourless apart from a very very slight nuttiness at high concentrations. It's great for, example, bumping up the ...

Medieval Camping as part of the SCA. Actually it's more SWMBO's thing, I just like drinking beer 24/7 amongst good company ;) Hey did you ever consider making the trip to the Abbey Medieval Festival http://abbeytournament.com/ held near Bribie Island every year? It's the biggest Medieval fair in th...

Three weeks ago all my kegs blew at once and I had no beer. I scrounged around, normally there are some bottles in the fridge that I've archived or been given by other brewers or left over from a case swap - the latter are sometimes a bit dodgy as some people can make really weird stuff for the swap...

Just a stir

Not denigrating the enthusiasm and dedication of home brewers of the complex technical geek persuasion - it stops them hanging around street corners in Kings Cross ... but I still can't understand a word of this post on another forum :cool: - it's somehow related to making beer. Aren't we lucky that...

Hi just caught up on this thread. Stirring isn't a really effective way of distributing heat in BIAB, I've found a far better device is the paint stirrer which you actually use in an up and down pumping action to get a fountain of mash circulating vertically rather than just going round and round. I...

Try citric acid, available from the baking section of supermarkets and mix it really strong - it rips the scale off my exposed element urn.

Edit: citric acid, of course, is the active ingredient that God puts in lemons :thumbs:

Update, I just kegged the malt bomb and, sipping the green beer it's so malty it's like eating toast - I'm glad I mashed a bit low to give a bit of balancing dryness. Can't wait to try it gassed up and cleared out. Man, it's coated the inside of my mouth, I can see why it's not recommended to use to...

It's generally called a curved roasting rack, so you can put a rolled roast or a fillet or whatever on it and it will "cup" it in the oven. Available in kitchen shops for about $10 - I tie a bit of cord to mine so I can fish it out :peace: http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv144/BribieG/outshecomeL...

A good resource for mashing is the Braukaiser site: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Infusion_Mashing The reason for a protein rest is that you actually want proteins in the finished beer, but you want the right proteins and the protein rest chops down complex proteins into simpler ones an...

Despite me posting at #5 that I don't sparge, I'm doing a fairly strong Foreign Extra Stout for the club / State / Nationals ( :pray: ). At about 7% ABV I'll make an exception this time and do a side sparge in the cooler. It's not so much about efficiency, just about getting my regular length of wor...

Don't forget that Greek electrical equipment and Aussie electrical equipment may not be compatible - different plugs, perhaps different voltages, different Amperage circuits in the house and some of our stuff might even be illegal over there. For example as Bob will confirm in the USA they still run...

Vinyl Chloride monomer is a carcinogen and I wouldn't trust garden pipes etc made from PVC if there's any danger of monomers getting "sweated out" of the material. Some years ago there was a big scare about clingwrap made from PVC and I think it's all been returned to polythene type material. In any...

The problem with fly sparging through the bag is that the water takes the path of least resistance and can cause channeling and can therefore be a waste of time - fly sparging depends on a grain bed forming and the water forced to traverse the entire grain bed as equally as possible. I'd go for a "d...

I wouldn't say that Kiwi Hallertau is fruity, the German variety would go great in this brew. I use the Kiwe ones because you can get flowers, and I love flowers wherever possible. I had a couple of litres of Paulaner Oktoberfest when I was in NSW recently and took particular notice of the hops, you...

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