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by grooves
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Which grain mill?
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Which grain mill?

I certainly didn't detect a change in flavour when I switched, but I did see a big difference in efficiency based on crush size (now at 1.2mm)

Personally I like hand cranking the grain - It makes me feel like I'm connected to the artisanry of brewing - since all the next steps are automated.
by grooves
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Which grain mill?
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Which grain mill?

I haven't tried it - drills are generally too fast. Ideally you need 150-200 rpm, I did tried to use an electric screwdriver but I don't have an attachment with a hex shank and a large enough chuck to take the mill shaft - it's about 1/2"
by grooves
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Which grain mill?
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Which grain mill?

I've got this one - https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/product ... -3-roller/ - and have no complaints. It would be a workout to do 10kg in 5 minutes!
by grooves
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Wash pump.
Replies: 41
Views: 2825

Re: Wash pump.

Hop and Grape here in the UK used to sell them - I was going to get one, but now use a wine aerator I had knocking around - it works a treat
by grooves
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: yeast slurry
Replies: 30
Views: 3445

Re: yeast slurry

I'd be tempted to break down the keg and soak the bits & bobs independently, then build up and soak again, and then use acid based sanitiser just before filling. Better safe than sorry in this situation.
by grooves
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Yeast count and Viability
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Yeast count and Viability

4l starter - that will definitely do it! Whatever you start with that should build more than enough cells.

For your process I'd be tempted to put in a diacetyl rest at 60F at the end of active fermentation to clean things up. Mind you I forgot this on my last lager and it was still great.
by grooves
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Yeast count and Viability
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Yeast count and Viability

Well I got a microscope over the summer, and I've done a couple of yeast counts. This time I got an out of date WLP835 Lager X vial - although I still had to pay full price! but a nice vault strain. This was for a Oktoberfest Bock, which I didn't get a chance to brew in time. I built a 2l starter an...
by grooves
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Wash pump.
Replies: 41
Views: 2825

Re: Wash pump.

This reminds me - I still need to make one of these! I got a PVC 6way junction from China ages ago - I just need to get the rest of the parts - I'll be building out of plastic pipe to attach to my karcher pump .
by grooves
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Hop teabags
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: Hop teabags

Not sure about the bag - but I have used this supplier to get a hold of hops not available from my usual sources - and in small amounts, and I had no problems at all. I'd recommend them.
by grooves
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Wash pump.
Replies: 41
Views: 2825

Re: Wash pump.

I created a new lid out of an old bit of mdf for a test. The long term plan would be to drill the real lid and fit a tri-clamp port. It would have to be off-centre through, because of the central rod and I'm not sure if that would end up rattling the lid. I checked with brewuk - and they can supply ...
by grooves
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Wash pump.
Replies: 41
Views: 2825

Re: Wash pump.

You need big pump - I've used a Karcher SP3 water pump that shifts 166 l/min - this is enough to spin the CIP. Although I haven't really built this into my process. I got the pump so that I can dump into a bucket in the shed and pump to the drain (about 60ft uphill)
by grooves
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Camden tabs to decrease oxygen
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Re: Camden tabs to decrease oxygen

I tried a low oxygen brew once where I added a ton of sodium metabisulphite to the mash liquor - but to be honest I didn't taste a difference in the final beer, and I'd just added a ton of chemicals to the brew. So I binned the idea. I notice that in the experiment even though the tasters could tell...
by grooves
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Citra pale ale
Replies: 16
Views: 2867

Re: Citra pale ale

25 IBU is not a lot for an american pale- I'd chuck the citra into the late addition rather than dry hop at least until I got around 40 IBU, then use whatever's left for the dry hop.
by grooves
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: yeast slurry
Replies: 30
Views: 3445

Re: yeast slurry

I can't see any layers in the yeast - so I'd just pour off the beer and chuck it in. If you have a way of dumping from the FV I'd do it as quickly as possible after active fermentation has started to get rid of all the dead yeast - all the live cells will be in suspension. 5c - you should only need ...
by grooves
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: yeast slurry
Replies: 30
Views: 3445

Re: yeast slurry

Put the wort into kilner jars and pressure cook for 15mins - then you can just put them on the shelf. I did this for my last spraymalt starter - so I didn't have to watch for boil overs and it didn't stink out the house - but I used it immediately rather than sticking on a shelf. It worked great tho...