BM brewing in Singapore

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BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:55 am

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Greetings from the equator! (well, 1 degree north of it, technically speaking...)

Being an apartment brewer made me go with a 20L BM in the first place.

I use a HopRocket & a Therminator. Considering getting a pump soon as well.

Cheers :-)
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby niels » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:01 am

Welcome!

Brewing in Signapore does sound very exotic to me :)

I just googled "signapore beers" to get an idea of what types of beer are brewed over there. There is even a small Wikipedia page about it.

What types of beer do you brew?

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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:36 am

Thanks very much for setting up the forum!

I brew a lot of different things - Saisons, IPAs, bocks, etc - love the Belgian beers as well!

Just received 3.5 kg of American hops from Yakima Valley - will be brewing an IPA on Sunday.

How about yourself? what are some of your favorite braus?
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby niels » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:28 am

cpa4ny wrote:How about yourself? what are some of your favorite braus?

I'm a bit of a traditionalist because we are so spoiled here in Belgium. It is very easy to find a lot of great Belgian beers (even from very small breweries), but it is a bit harder to find foreign beers (e.g. from the US). That is why I didn't tasted a lot of non-Belgian styles (except for some Dutch and German ones).

As for trappists I am very fond of Orval. Every time I come across some bottles of Orval in a store I will pick up a 4-pack. Half of then will be tasted pretty fast while the other 2 go into my beer cave to age a bit more.

Daily drinkers include Westmalle Tripel and Chimay Blue. But since there is a liquor store with a few hundred beers around the corner I pick up a small selection once in a while.

Last but not least... I LOOOOOVE geuzes and lambics. These are the best beers to enjoy on a nice sunny day. And because they age very well I try to keep a small collection of different breweries in my cellar for an extended period of time.

But... a few weeks back I tasted a homebrewed Black IPA and I was really surprised. It made me realize that I have to start looking to other styles than the ones I'm so accustomed with.

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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:37 am

niels wrote:Daily drinkers include Westmalle Tripel and Chimay Blue.


That makes 99% of the forum subscribers drool! :-)

Actually, on tap I currently have Dupont's "Avec Les Bons Voeux" clone that was based on a fairly recent BYO article.

Really love the spiciness of that yeast.
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby niels » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:07 pm

cpa4ny wrote:Actually, on tap I currently have Dupont's "Avec Les Bons Voeux" clone that was based on a fairly recent BYO article.

Really love the spiciness of that yeast.

Avec les Bons Vœux is indeed an excellent beer!

Did you brew it with your BM? If so... would you mind sharing the recipe?

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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby Beerkench » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:57 pm

Do you need a pump for the hop rocket or does gravity alone work well?
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby SteveOR » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:06 pm

Daily Chimay Grande Reserve ??? That sure could spoil ya.

The hop rocket and a chiller very cool. I use plate chiller like yours. I am confounded by how may times I can flush it after use and still get particles out. I am using an immersion for my BM 20L. I think there may be an advantage to chilling in place and letting things settle out before transfer. Not certain of this I used the plate chiller all last summer and will try the immersion and a rest when outdoor temps rise some.

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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby Beerkench » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:27 pm

Why Singapore? Are you from there?
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:59 am

niels wrote:
Did you brew it with your BM? If so... would you mind sharing the recipe?

Niels


http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/31-dec-saison

Let me know if you cannot access it and I will post it in the recipe section.


Beerkench wrote:
Do you need a pump for the hop rocket or does gravity alone work well?




I find gravity a bit slow - especially if you want to max out the HopRocket with the 3 oz of leaf hops (maximum allowable by the manufacturer).

Probably if your BM sits high enough, it should give you a better flow.

So I usually just use 1 oz of hops to keep things flowing.

Hence, thinking of getting a high-temp pump at some point.


SteveOR wrote:
I am confounded by how may times I can flush it after use and still get particles out.



In Oregon, you guys are blessed with the cool water straight out of the hose during most of the year :-)

Being on the equator, I have to deal with the tap water being in the lower 80's F (upper 20's C) 365 days a year.

Nice to go swimming, but not nice for wort chilling - hence, i have to go with the higher-efficiency plate chiller.

I bag my hops, so my Therminator doesn't typically get clogged (except for once).

Further, I have a low-temp pump, which I use to recirculate PBW both ways through the Therminator after the brew day.

http://morebeer.com/products/selfpriming-diaphragm-pump-beer-transfers.html

I also have this guy on the way, so hopefully it will reduce the hop trub even further:

http://arborfab.com/ocart/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=88

(Actually - I ordered a slightly longer one 6" x 12" - should fit nicely in the BM, hopefully).


Beerkench wrote:
Why Singapore? Are you from there?



Not originally from Singapore, but lived here for quite some time :-)
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby andrelim » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:50 am

Great to see another BM user in Singapore. My dad and I brew using a 20L BM in Singapore too.
Where do you get whole leaf hops anyway? You order online?
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RE: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:11 am

Hi andrelim - glad to see another SG brewer! :beer:

I order hops from Yakima Valley hops - they have really good variety + reasonable international shipping rates.
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Re: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby andrelim » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:22 pm

It seems like they do not ship leaf hops? How did you manage to get it in?
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Re: BM brewing in Singapore

Unread postby cpa4ny » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:51 am

Hi Andre - I only bought pellets from Yakima and didn't know that they don't ship whole hops.

My previous shipment of whole hops was from MoreBeer.
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