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Jonty



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Here it is after two days in the fermenter.



It had an initial head of froth (called krausen) for the 1st day or so but now it's settled down and is bubbling away niceley.

Yeast really is amazing stuff eh?

The big problem I have is that I ferment in my office and it smells so good in here that I'm desparate for a pint by lunch time.
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Jonty



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got another 5 gallon batch on the go at the moment - boiling merrily away in the garage.  This one's a copy of Black sheep Ale which is a cracking pint.  I'm trying to get some stocks built up so I've always plenty in  
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maine moose



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:33 pm    Post subject: beer brewing Reply with quote

Hi Jonty whats the make of beer kits do you use or is it all made from scratch?do you bottle or keg cheers
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Maine Moose, I've just recently started making it from scratch. If you go to the 1st page of this thread you'll see my cobbled together kit.  It really isn't that difficult or complicated and the results are fantastic.

I keg most of the beer bottle 6 bottles per batch (5 gallons) for giving to mates etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jonty saw the posts and looks a great set up how much do you think your brew works out at a pint? the kits i make its from 17 cent to 34 cent per pint.Havent got round to having a go like you do.I should really have a go  as my father inlaw worked at whitbreads for 20 years so should have picked something usfull up to pass along Got any good wine making ideas??
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Jonty



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MM,

you should really have a go the results are fantastic.  I brewed kits for a few years and then took the plunge and I must say that the beer is literally pub standard.

If you wanted to have a go, there's a great interim method called extract mashing where you use malt extract, steeped grains and hops.  You get a better beer than a kit as the hops and some of the grains are 'fresh' so to speak.  All you'd need for that would be a boiler capable of holding 5 gallons or so.

Re the cost, I reckon I use 5.00 of grain, 2.00 of hops, 2.00 of yeast and say 1.00 of cosumables per 5 gallon brew.  At the current euro exchange rate thats 29 cents a pint

I'm not really a wine maker as such - Woodsmoke is your man for that, I've had a couple of cracking bottles of his home made stuff which is really excellent.  I have made a few of the beaverdale kits which are really good, you can do the 5 gallon ones in your beer fermentting vessel.  I use poly pins (similar to the insides of a wine box) for mine as I can't be doing with bottling.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jonty thanks for all the info lots to think about.As for the wine making thats just a side line as I cant stand "wine" ie made from grape.But love the idea of making something from matirels at hand,ie elderberrys or summer fruit ect.Want to make danderlion wine got a recipe from book wine making by C.J.J.BERRY ,to be picked on St Georges day.Got lots to make as I give most of what i make away,some very tippsy friends...lol  
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Jonty



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got another 5 gallon batch on today - Timothy Taylors Landlord, which is a very good pint and the clone recipe I've got for it is very close to the real thing.  I'll be looking forward to tucking into this one in a few weeks time.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonty that sounds a tasty brew.How long you leave it before drinking does it improve with keeping.The Woodfords kits defentley improve with a few weeks keeping  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MM,

I usually give the brews 2 weeks in the fermenter, and then 3-4 weeks conditioning before quaffing.  You're right, the beer definately does get better with a bit of keeping.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the latest batch



Most of the beer is kegged but I like to bottle a few to give away.  Once again, there's a nice tenuous link to the name of the brew, it's roughly based on a local beer called 'Golden Pippin' - geddit
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They sure look the part and I love the lord of the rings refernce,going back to blighty soon.So will have a look at the kits for sale over there.Priced up grain brewing over here and it's not much more than a kit price per pint will give it some thought ....  
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iwoo



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just started to do a bit of all grain brewing myself, have you got copies of the recipes you use Jonty? I have bought a book and have had mixed results from some of the recipes.

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