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by dinnerstick
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Catalogue of errors
Replies: 8
Views: 2236

Re: Catalogue of errors

warm it up, the yeast will be ok. there's a big difference between accidentally cooling mid-fermentation and cooling before it even kicks off.
by dinnerstick
Tue May 21, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Microscope
Replies: 11
Views: 3516

Re: Microscope

again, this is for the large squares on a neubauer improved counting chamber. one large square is an entire 4x4 grid, of which there are 4 per counting chamber. i usually go with a dilution that gives me a count of a couple hundred per large square, then count 2 or 3 of them. you can change the form...
by dinnerstick
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Is this a ghost ship ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3898

Re: Is this a ghost ship ?

I had been doing a lot of cleaning until getting a bit swamped with life (starting and operating a brewery, having small kids)....
by dinnerstick
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Brewing Discussions
Topic: Microscope
Replies: 11
Views: 3516

Re: Microscope

I count regularly (commercial brewery). You don't need 400x per se, i regularly count just fine with 100x, depends on the counting chamber. with the 'Neubauer Improved' chamber (available for next to nothing from china on ebay or ali express) you can use the big grids and 100x. Don't forget to get s...
by dinnerstick
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: Kettle souring
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Kettle souring

Yes, it works great. You've got the basics down already. You can wrap the whole thing in blankets to insulate even better. 24 hours is a long time, with L. brevis or L. plantarum you should get to your desired pH faster than that. With either of those strains you can go a lot lower than 45. I like p...
by dinnerstick
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Big Guys - BM200/BM500
Topic: 20 to 200ltr BM Recipe Scaling
Replies: 7
Views: 1974

Re: 20 to 200ltr BM Recipe Scaling

'less fruity and more bitter than the trial' if it's really more bitter (as opposed to higher perception of bitterness, influenced by other factors such as residual sweetness), then you have to look at hop utilisation or cooling time. if the wort strength is the same or pretty similar and boil is go...
by dinnerstick
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Big Guys - BM200/BM500
Topic: 20 to 200ltr BM Recipe Scaling
Replies: 7
Views: 1974

Re: 20 to 200ltr BM Recipe Scaling

can you describe the hop additions around the end of boil, and your cooling methods and times on the two systems?
by dinnerstick
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: PH Reader
Replies: 12
Views: 1551

Re: PH Reader

What I meant is, mid-level compared to fancy laboratory grade ones. I think with this meter you're paying for longevity rather than precision; I doubt this is any more precise than the €40 ones, and for a mash you don't need precision to 2 decimal places anyways. With expensive lab grade ones you pa...
by dinnerstick
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: PH Reader
Replies: 12
Views: 1551

Re: PH Reader

I have had this pH meter for 4+ years, pleasantly surprised (shocked?) to be still using the original electrode. It's a bit more expensive than the cheapies but the quality for price is very good. I calibrate before every (serious) use, it only takes 30 seconds. And take good care of the electrode- ...
by dinnerstick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Potentials owners
Topic: Braumeister 20 limitations??
Replies: 5
Views: 3710

Re: Braumeister 20 limitations??

1.064 and a respectable brew length (>20L post-boil) is well within the limitations of the BM20. It may take you a few brews to dial in the system. The amount of grain you use is very important- too little (not a problem in this recipe obviously) and you risk having wort fountains as the pump forces...
by dinnerstick
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Fruit equivalents.
Replies: 3
Views: 2081

Re: Fruit equivalents.

you can find 'funkin fruit' purees in the uk (on amazon if you must...), these are 1kg packs of pure fruit puree, but they do have some sugar added, at least the raspberry one does, but not enough to really affect the abv. they are sterile, so very easy to use, just open the plastic cap and squeeze ...
by dinnerstick
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Suggestions and Support
Topic: Access to "The Big Guys" forum?
Replies: 8
Views: 2912

Re: Access to "The Big Guys" forum?

Looking into it. As moderator I don't see any settings to change, so waiting for forum admin for help.
by dinnerstick
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Suggestions and Support
Topic: Access to "The Big Guys" forum?
Replies: 8
Views: 2912

Re: Access to "The Big Guys" forum?

hmm, i am not ware of any special privilege needed to post there. can you read other peoples' posts?
by dinnerstick
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Rye Porter
Replies: 11
Views: 1943

Re: Rye Porter

sounds really tasty! why the huell melon as bittering though? lovely aroma hop. never mind, discussion for another time. would love to try this beer.
by dinnerstick
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: General / Tips and Tricks
Topic: first Corny Keg - all the gear, no idea.
Replies: 69
Views: 5505

Re: first Corny Keg - all the gear, no idea.

some people! :wink:

to each their own. but, once you find some yeast gunk trapped in there you'll come round!!