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Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #480 on: November 14, 2020, 05:18:35 PM »
I've just pitched one of these:



But slammed over 1.5 extra kilos of dextrose into it to bring the starting sg up to 1062! Should be a strong bastard, and if my maths is right it'll have had exactly 3 weeks fermentation + 3 weeks finishing on boxing day!

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #481 on: November 14, 2020, 05:35:16 PM »
Shit that means I need to be brewing today in time for Christmas then doesn’t it? And I won’t be, bollocks.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #482 on: November 14, 2020, 06:09:09 PM »
Getting impatient here too. Day 16 and my Belgian-style dubbel is still pretty lively. Airlock bubbling about once every thirty minutes. The gas coming out of it smells reassuringly like Chimay Rouge but it's obviously still nowhere near ready to bottle. Nrrrrgghhh, come on you fucker, it's only 41 brewing days until Christmas.

Got the Xmas pud today. Saino's Taste The Difference with brandy, port and rum, no cider and not too many currants. Got two 100g puds but think one will be enough to make 18 pints taste like Christmas.

Think the problem with the Prairie Vole was that I put too much bison grass in and the bitterness of that + the hop bitterness was too much. Oh well, you live and learn.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #483 on: November 18, 2020, 11:41:32 AM »
Almost three weeks now and that airlock is still busy. SG is 1.010. It needs to be 1.006. Nrrrrggggghhh. Given it a bit of a shake and will keep taking readings.

The little drop I licked off the hydrometer tasted great though! Just getting impatient to bottle half of this batch and get the Xmas pud in the remaining 18 pints so we'll have the Xmas brew ready in time for Xmas.

Shit that means I need to be brewing today in time for Christmas then doesn’t it?

Looks like it :(

Do a New Year Beer instead!

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #484 on: November 18, 2020, 11:51:52 AM »
I reckon 3 weeks would be alright in bottles so you have time yet! Really interested to hear how it turns out, bet it is dead nice.

We move into the new Casa del Ferris next week and there will be admin and movers etc etc to deal with, doubt I will get my brewing equipment out until mid December at the earliest. February beer... Valentine’s Day beer? Except we both hate Valentine’s Day so that’s likely a no-go. Hmmm.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #485 on: November 19, 2020, 02:18:18 PM »
As we're locking down here for a few weeks and I've got bottling due during that period I popped in to the shop today. I picked up a kit that's been good to make a high strength one so asked the guy about finishing hops, he put me on to some citra for the IPA, so hopefully that'll cover up the extra strength.

Pricey though, tenner for 100g and he reckoned about 30-50g would be about right.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #486 on: November 19, 2020, 02:31:33 PM »
Shit that means I need to be brewing today in time for Christmas then doesn’t it? And I won’t be, bollocks.

Bathtub, potato skins.

Sorted.

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« Reply #487 on: November 19, 2020, 03:42:37 PM »
As we're locking down here for a few weeks and I've got bottling due during that period I popped in to the shop today. I picked up a kit that's been good to make a high strength one so asked the guy about finishing hops, he put me on to some citra for the IPA, so hopefully that'll cover up the extra strength.

Pricey though, tenner for 100g and he reckoned about 30-50g would be about right.

Hmm that’s about... $4 an ounce/28g? Seems about right and I agree with his amount for dry hopping - he seems on the level to me. Hops are always the most expensive bit of brewing which is a pisser if you like hoppy beer.

The citra will be nice, it’s one of my fave hops. Bung the lot in a day before bottling for MAX AROMA. Also keep them in the freezer and they’ll stay fresher - not a concern if you use it all up in a week or two but if you plan on saving some and using it for next batch then it’s worth doing.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #488 on: November 19, 2020, 07:29:41 PM »
Yeah, looking online they're about right really, he did say they were a bit pricey himself. They're usually a quid or so more on the kits versus online which probably works out about the same after postage. Plus it's worth slinging them a couple of quid here and there just for advice when you're getting stuff innit?

Cheers for the storage stuff, I did wonder about that after I got home as it's vacuum packed.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #489 on: November 22, 2020, 02:58:57 PM »
Just tried my own DIY double strength, nice and hoppy, turned out very nice.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #490 on: November 22, 2020, 04:52:31 PM »
Just tried my own DIY double strength, nice and hoppy, turned out very nice.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #491 on: November 22, 2020, 04:59:38 PM »
Quite possibly, I primed it well, makes an angry pop when you lever the bottle-cap off with the back end of a chef's knife anyway!

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #492 on: November 22, 2020, 05:03:10 PM »
Nice one. Was this the batch you added some (brown?) sugar to hit target OG? Did the body work out ok?

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #493 on: November 22, 2020, 05:31:01 PM »
My Belgian dubbel is still bubbling! SG has dropped to 1.008 now though, really hoping I can bottle it soon.

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Re: Homebrew thread
« Reply #494 on: November 22, 2020, 05:36:37 PM »
Nice one. Was this the batch you added some (brown?) sugar to hit target OG? Did the body work out ok?

Nah, worse, just slapped dextrose in to bring it up to 1061 then used a hop teabag from an over hoppy kit to try and cover it tasting a bit 'hot'.

I think the kit I nicked it out of had two different hop bags though, because the kit I nicked it out of tasted 'bread/malty' and this had a punchy slightly citrusy thing on it.

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