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And added 1050g frozen blackberries to it.

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This sounds rather nice, make sure you save me a bottle.

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And dry hopped 30g Bramling Cross.

Bottle weds/thurs

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If you use the nornal abv calculation, this is 4.3℅. however, i chucked 1kg blackberriea in hakf way through, so the added sugar meabs it might be more.

Tasting notes: bitter, with a blackberry aftertaste. Blackberry taste not overwhelming.


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Mixed results after testing 3 bottles. Flavours are good, blackberry taste is strong and bitterness comes through well. Few, if any, off flavours. I changed carbonatuon protocol, though. I decanted the contents of the fermentation tub through a sterilsed sieve, and added 85g brewing sugar to it. Then siphoned into plastic bottles. Very little fizx after two weeks so suspect a) sugar not dissolved,b) no yeast made it through or c) bottle screw caps on warped thread so gas escapes.

Overall, pleased with this new info. Next time bottle in glass bottles with metal caps, not thrice dishwashed plastic bottles.

Citra SMaSH going on tonight, with golden promise malt.


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Proper beer isn't fizzy.


True, but it needs a little sparkle, good morning TV you're looking so healthy. We all say "don't want to be alone". We wear the same clothes 'cause we feel the same. We kiss with dry lips when we say goodnightoh! End of a century, oh, it's nothing special but a bit of head would be nice,i guess. From your mum.

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All right grandad


Cras is right, though. And, it should be warm.

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All right grandad


Cras is right, though. And, it should be warm.

It's not the 1970s anymore, you do realise this?

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It was £9, in a bottle, and over 12%. Not a session beer by any stretch.

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Cras is right, though. And, it should be warm.

It's not the 1970s anymore, you do realise this?


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Cras wrote:
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Cras is right, though. And, it should be warm.

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not thrice dishwashed plastic bottles.
Neverdishwashed plastic bottles. Buy cheap water, empty it down the sink immediately before filling, recycle after drinking. You're a bit lucky you've only had flat beer.


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not thrice dishwashed plastic bottles.
Neverdishwashed plastic bottles. Buy cheap water, empty it down the sink immediately before filling, recycle after drinking. You're a bit lucky you've only had flat beer.


Dishwash, bottlebrush clean, dishwash, sterilising tablet, rinse, bottle. Necks are warped. After 10 years, my sterile technique game is still strong.

Anyway, buckets in action! Decided to do 5% crystal malt in this with golden promise.


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Costs:

Raw materials to make 35 pints of Citra Hopped Pale Ale like I did would work out at about 71p a pint. This is the 4kg golden promise malt, 200g crystal malt, packet US50 yeast, 200g Citra hop pellets.

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Blackberry Homebrew taste is weird sensation. Large blackberry taste, followed by huge bitterness hit. Might dial blackberry back by a third if I make it again.

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Mash tun now insulated. Cannot buy quality like that.


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The boiler construction must start soon.

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Dishwash, bottlebrush clean, dishwash, sterilising tablet, rinse, bottle. Necks are warped. After 10 years, my sterile technique game is still strong.
much as I still think you're being lucky, leftover detergents can affect the yeast - it's a thing in baking, eg don't use anti bacterial soap immediately before and during kneading (not beer).

But also, you're probably spending a crapload more cleaning bottles than you would just buying new ones.


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Homebrew club at the micropub was superb. Had some lovely stuff, my favourite was a 6% Mango IPA. My blackberry ale was well received, and I got a bottle to take home. I learnt that the reason why the blackbery ale is a bit flat as when priming with brewing​ sugar, you need to add more of it. So that has explained that. Micropub had Saltaire's South Island Pale, New World Red and another one on. Top night.


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Nice, I'd like to try that Mango IPA. What IBU was it roughly?

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Has the handle broke off? Is that from overuse?


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Nice, I'd like to try that Mango IPA. What IBU was it roughly?

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Dunno. I will ask.

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Mash tun now insulated. Cannot buy quality like that.


Has the handle broke off? Is that from overuse?


Yeah, i dropped it :( not fixed it yet.

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Has the handle broke off? Is that from overuse?


Yeah, i dropped it :( not fixed it yet.

And yet mugs are designed to be held one handed!

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Has the handle broke off? Is that from overuse?


Yeah, i dropped it :( not fixed it yet.

And yet mugs are designed to be held one handed!


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Bottling the citra tonight, and checking the mash tun for keeping a temperature steady. This ia living, people.

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Bottled the beer up, and forgot to take FG reading, so no idea how strong it is.

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Bottled the beer up, and forgot to take FG reading, so no idea how strong it is.


1 week conditioning later, it's very citra-y. No off flavours. Quite fizzy. Suspect it makes me sneeze. Overall, very pleased

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So, last night was using stuff up brew:

2040g Golden Promise pale malt, 200g biscuit malt and 200g crystal malt went on ti mash at 65 for an hour in 8.5l water, came out at 63, and boiled for an hour. Hops added at start of boil were 30g Brewer's Gold, 30g Bramling Cross and then 30g Brewers Gold, 30g Bramling and 10g Citra added 10mind from end of boil. OG was 1050, yeast was US50. Took 3.5 hours from beginning of mash to pitching yeast.


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I want to grow citra (and mosaic). Turns out the rhisomes are under patent. Licensed hop growers *may* be able to get them, but not gardening bellends like me.


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Only 3 at homebrew club last night, and one wasn't drinking, so the onorous task of getting through 2 litres of pineapple IPA fell to two. It was a third placed beer in the homebrew competition, and very good it was, too. My citra was well received, so I'll scale that up, I think. I bought a Cloudwater dipa v13 which is a strong beer at 9% which was really good.

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So, last night was using stuff up brew:

2040g Golden Promise pale malt, 200g biscuit malt and 200g crystal malt went on ti mash at 65 for an hour in 8.5l water, came out at 63, and boiled for an hour. Hops added at start of boil were 30g Brewer's Gold, 30g Bramling Cross and then 30g Brewers Gold, 30g Bramling and 10g Citra added 10mind from end of boil. OG was 1050, yeast was US50. Took 3.5 hours from beginning of mash to pitching yeast.


5.6% it has come out at.

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Dishwash, bottlebrush clean, dishwash, sterilising tablet, rinse, bottle. Necks are warped. After 10 years, my sterile technique game is still strong.
much as I still think you're being lucky, leftover detergents can affect the yeast - it's a thing in baking, eg don't use anti bacterial soap immediately before and during kneading (not beer).

But also, you're probably spending a crapload more cleaning bottles than you would just buying new ones.


My luck ran out, i think 5 bottles infected. Ordering more today.

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Totally didn't order any more so frantically drinking loads to make space for the Summer Lightning clone that needs bottling
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Totally didn't order any more so frantically drinking loads to make space for the Summer Lightning clone that needs bottling
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Good news, it's quite a pleasant ale. If i get my boiler made this week, I will do 23 litres on Friday.

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Good news, it's quite a pleasant ale. If i get my boiler made this week, I will do 23 litres on Friday.


Do you have an idea what the cost would be to get set up from scratch to start brewing?

Would maybe want to do 10-15 litres as a first pass.

Also what about space and temperature? In terms of space I could put brewing apparatus in my garage, I went in there yesterday and it was quite cool compared with the heat outside, would that be an issue?


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Totally didn't order any more so frantically drinking loads to make space for the Summer Lightning clone that needs bottling
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Good news, it's quite a pleasant ale. If i get my boiler made this week, I will do 23 litres on Friday.


Do you have an idea what the cost would be to get set up from scratch to start brewing?

Would maybe want to do 10-15 litres as a first pass.

Also what about space and temperature? In terms of space I could put brewing apparatus in my garage, I went in there yesterday and it was quite cool compared with the heat outside, would that be an issue?


£35 will buy you a homebrew starter kit from amazon. This'll get you a 25litre fermentation bin, hydrometer, spoon, bubble trap and some other whatnots, that you will use. A beer kit (just addd water and sugar and yeast) will be about £10 to £15, Wilko ones are good for the price.

To make from grain, you'll want the homebrew starter kit, and a 15litre pot, 2kg grain, 100g hops and some yeast. So about the same.

Bottling: cheapest is 2litre still eater bittles as they are already sterilised, you can reuse beer bottles but need to buy a capper.

Temp wise look for 18-22 celcius i guess, it depends on yeast types but that is a lot of argument, so room temp.

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Good news, it's quite a pleasant ale. If i get my boiler made this week, I will do 23 litres on Friday.



To heat the wort, I was going to use 2 2.2kW elements from Tesco £5 kettles. To get to them, there's a pair of screws with triskelion heads holding the cover on. You can bypass these by using a blade to cut away the plastic and pop the cover off. The element is held in with three Philips,/slot headed screws. Two will come out easily. The third will round, on both kettles. Bastards. Mr Russ told me to use a rubber band on driver head, so i will try that tomorrow.

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Exciting times! Tonight's plan is a pale ale (as ever) with Centennial hops for the bitterness, and Goldings hops for aroma. It should be about 5% again. And I'll be making about 40 pints in The Big Pot. Super!

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