Homebrewing

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  1. KFC

    KFC Well-Known Member

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    In a bid to post something/anything unrelated to the disgraceful shenanigans down at Oakwell.

    Does anyone on here partake in brewing ale? I've got a fair old setup on the go, and would be keen to hear from anyone else who's into it...
     
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    I’m a partial mash person - I really don’t have the room for a full sparge. But I’ve never had any complaints about my beer!
     
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    KFC Well-Known Member

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    Plenty of fine brews been made with with extract mate! I'm lucky that space isn't at a premium.

    But something I never got... if you have room for a partial mash, why not a full one? Don't you just need a bigger tun?
     
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    I've been a brewer both amateur and commercial for 42 years....some say I still haven't got the hang of it.
    If anyone needs advice I'd be pleased to help.
     
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    KFC Well-Known Member

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    42 years?! My word, you must have come across every probelm there is to find!

    You might just get the odd PM, if that's OK? Would you care to receive the odd beer here and there to 'review'? If so, PM me your address...
     
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    Pm is throwing up an error....try to pm me and Ill try to reply.
     
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    I've been an amateur all grain full mash brewer for about 30 years now but unfortunately ill health has meant a temporary end to this. Been feeling much better lately and said only today that I might start brewing again.
     
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    Does anyone want a couple of King Kegs?
     
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    I make my own cider.
    This year a few of us in the village are getting together to start our own production run to make more.
    I made 120 bottles for myself last year so who knows what it will be this time.
     
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    We've done a number of brews. Purely as a hobby. But we build our own recipes. It's great how much information there is online and how easy it is to get all sorts of ingredients delivered in days!
     
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    I’m very much a newbie having only done three brews, all using extract - Brew Dog Punk IPA and Mangrove Jack's Craft Series Beer Kit - Pink Grapefruit IPA.
    I’m ready to prepare something for Christmas and considering trying out the gallon brew method.
    If anyone has any recipes they can recommend, it would be much appreciated.
    Cheers !
     
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    Loko the Tyke Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    FYI to everyone on this thread. BrewDog list ALL their recipes for free online so you can have a go at brewing any of their beers.

    That’s not a shameless plug for BrewDog, I just think it’s brilliant for any amateur to have access to info like that.

    I’ve wanted to homebrew for years. I’ve been involved in half a dozen commercial brews at various breweries, including Sierra Nevada in Asheville, but it’s nowhere near as hands on as doing it yourself.
     
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    I have been homebrewing for 6 years now. It's the worlds best hobby along side football! If you want to check my set up you can pop by my instagram profile:

    www.instagram.com/to.hender/
     
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    The first thing to remember is all beer is down to personal taste!!
    I would say though that extract brewing is easy, in my experience it won't generally produce a beer that tastes like a commercial brew....no serious commercial brewer would use extract....but if it's to your taste that's great.
    The Brew dog recipes are interesting but to be honest there is a lot of unnecessary information ( the references to Lautering are certainly unnecessary for British ales, and is a process that is needed for foreign malts that are not as well modified as UK malt ) and most of the ingredients will be completely unavailable to home brewers.
    One of the things I learned early on is that no two breweries brew exactly the same, so info ie mash temperatures/hopping rates/length of individual processes/fermenting temperatures/post fermentation handling etc will vary from brewery to brewery so don't get too hung up on one particular method.
    Although I haven't looked at brewing books for many years, two of the best were written by Dave Line in the 1970's...The Big Book of Brewing, and Brewing Beers like those you Buy.
    The BBB is very detailed and will give you an understandable view of the science behind it, although Dave got all his information from one brewery which makes it sound as though that is the only way.
    Brewing BLTYB...is a much easier but still sound in principle book...Dave got many of the recipes direct from the breweries...don't imagine your beers will taste the same though as you don't have access to that breweries water, yeast or hop supplier.
    If I remember rightly CAMRA did a reasonable guide...don't bother with any of the old books that came out prior to Dave Line's...they were written by winemakers who hadn't a clue about brewing.
     
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    Agreed, great resource
     
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    Been doing all grain for the last few years. Book wise you can't go wrong with are Home Brew Beer by Greg Hughes for beer style brewing and Camra Brew your own British Real Ale by Graham Wheeler. Greg Hughes owns Brew UK which is a good online supplier.
     

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