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Beer is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. Although I quite like going for walks with my kids, swimming, cycling, running, high power rocketry, photography, chocolate and coding....


Jan
25
comment Where can I find some Nelson Sauvin hops?
Glad to hear that you've finally tracked some down without having to get them posted from abroad!
Nov
2
comment How can tobacco be used in beer?
drj, I bought them in Rome when I was working over there last year. C4H5As, you're right, their website doesn't list it, it might have been a special, I have photos to prove it's real though... ;-)
Oct
25
comment Finding good hop stockists
I use the Malt Miller personally, great prices on malt and hops and super fast service.
Jun
2
comment Is it possible to bottle condition without sediment?
You'd need to do this with a counter pressure bottler though, something like -> blichmannengineering.com/beergun/beergun.html
Apr
8
comment Should I dunk my dry hops?
In my experience marbles aren't heavy enough to submerge a hop bag. Even small stainless weights aren't enough if you have a lot of hops. I know off some homebrewers who use sterilised smooth stones, as they're the only thing heavy enough for the job.
May
25
comment What is the best book for beginning home brewers?
Not trying to be funny, but I get down voted for suggesting a good book that I feel is right for a beginner, but this gets up voted when it's clearly not a beginners book... Can we please have a bit of consistency.
May
21
comment What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?
You'll find Fuller's IPA half way down this page - fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=175 They are also doing one at the moment called Bengal Lancer, which is really nice and has that classic Fuller's marmalade thing going on.
May
21
comment What is the best book for beginning home brewers?
Then we'll have to agree to disagree on this one... ;-)
May
19
comment What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?
Tetragrammaton, see brewchez answer below.
May
17
comment What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?
It depends... I have books that say give it a good thrash as it may be a lack of oxygen that caused the fermentation to stick, so you need to put some more in. However, as other have said, check the gravity and see what's going on.
May
17
comment What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?
It depends... I have books that say give it a good thrash as it may be a lack of oxygen that caused the fermentation to stick, so you need to put some more in.
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
Acetaldehyde is due to over pitching!?! Most of my brews have that, will have to stop the dried yeast starter then...
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
Thanks for the answer. The supplier also told me that they think they need longer than the packet says, 24 - 48 hours from just the smack.
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
it was from January this year. I'm in the UK and have no idea how the supplier had it transported or stored...
Feb
16
comment Help With Hops…
Thanks to everyone for their answers, my main issue is that I can only brew about four times a year, so spending a few years experimenting will get frustrating, hey ho. @brewchez, I suppose the question was impossible to answer, it's just experience aqt the end of the day..
Feb
16
comment Help With Hops…
I appreciate that's the case, but it still doesn't help with knowing how much of variety to add. Or if like me, what combinations will go well togeather. I've had a few of the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs and De Mollen Amarillo, which is single hop, but I still have no idea how to combine the hops to get the desired result.
Feb
1
comment Help With Hops…
I understand the theory of getting the correct IBU, I just don't understand how to get the hop flavour profile (for want of a better term). I have Daniels book on my amazon wish list, I should just take the plunge and buy it.