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On 21/04/2020 at 11:39 AM, Percy said:

Hey There Mark,

Brewing has been going well. I ran out of brewprint ingredients and tried a Fresh Wort Kit and have been using them ever since. Have had some really good results. I have been using the kits from All Inn Brewing, splitting the kit between the two droids and using differnet hops and quantities to perfect to my taste buds. 

I did have one infected batch, which was disappointing. I put it down to bad yeast (Angel CS31 free with the kit), it is the only time I have used this type of yeast (have used CN36 with no issues), and was common across the split batches. I take notes, and am anal with cleaning and sanitising, so hoping it was the yeast and nothing I have done wrong. Ten years ago when I brewed using tins, I had one bad batch and did not brew again! I think having the keg setup made it a little easier, not having to dump and clean a bunch of bottles! Still devastating!

i finally re-tapped my Abbey Dubbell after months of conditioning. Very boozy, can feel it after one glass. Very drinkable now, but not for me, and I struggle to condition long enough at the best of times, so will not do again.

Tapped and bottled a Bombshell Blonde, very light in flavour, not beery enough for me. Keeping the bottles for goto when run out of everything else.

FYI, below are some of FWK's I have done:

Citra XPA dry hop 25gm Citra - Very nice, strong on the hops, conditioning required to mellow the flavours

Citra XPA no dry hop - Delicious, can drink with minimal conditioning

Mosaic XPA Dry hop 25gm Mosaic - Very nice, conditioning required to mellow the flavours

Mosaic XPA Dry hop 20gm Mosaic - Very nice, hops just right

Aus Pale Ale Dry Hop 25gm Vic Secret - infected

Aus Pale Ale Dry Hop 25gm Simcoe - infected

American IPA Dry Hop 24gm Citra and 25gm Centennial - Smelt and tasted amazing out of the fermenter, bottled and kegged, currently conditioning

Citra XPA Dry Hop 20gm - conditioning

Citra XPA no dry hop - conditioning

Currently have another Aus Pale Ale in both droids (using Saf US-05), to be dry hopped with either Galaxy, Simcoe, Vic Secret, or Cascade. I also have a Pale Lager kit there ready to go, but holding off due to longer lager ferment and conditioning, as consumption is exceeding production at this time.

Cheers,

Percy

Percy how’s it all going, need any help? As it seems some of your brews are quite ok.

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Will do! Got a grain and grape pale ale FWK waiting to go next, and both hops in the fridge.

I am looking forward to tasting a keg of AIB PaleAle with 20gm galaxy dry hop at a mates place this weekend. TBH I will probably make sure it is OK prior!

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2 minutes ago, Percy said:

Will do! Got a grain and grape pale ale FWK waiting to go next, and both hops in the fridge.

I am looking forward to tasting a keg of AIB PaleAle with 20gm galaxy dry hop at a mates place this weekend. TBH I will probably make sure it is OK prior!

pale ale and galaxy go really well together. Always best to check your brew before offering to mates, they can be cruel 🤭lol

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May have to try this as my ale next time. They make a really, really good lager that I found at a steak house on the Gold Coast. Not only were the steaks just tops but when the waiter came over and he was handing out the menus, I asked what beers were on tap (expecting to hear Carlton dry...draught...Iron Jack) and he asked what I drank, and when I said I prefer Lager/Pilsners he said " we have  the Stone and Wood Lager on tap" and I was all " Haven't had that before, happy to give it a go" and he laughed and said "Mate, I'm going to be bringing you pints all night of this stuff"

I mean, he was wrong, I wasn't ordering pints...I ordered jugs, not pints

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Just finished 10l of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale and tried simcoe rather than the galaxy for dry hopping. Don’t get me wrong galaxy is a top hop however a lot of the recipes call for it so I’m trying other hops that are comparable. The simcoe was a pleasant suprise and will certainly use it again. Quite strong in fruit/berry flavour. 20g of pellets suited fine.

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On 15/02/2021 at 11:03 AM, Captain 3 Droids said:

You need to add his to your next order? Your nearly a year late. 😃
Just kegged this one, will be good in about 6 weeks.

Well someone hasn’t brewed it, but I’m enjoying a top top now.  Sorry people but the lights were off so a bit dark, however isn’t that how you get a “dark ale” 😂image.thumb.jpg.0ab111c053ab24663870dcd63a12441a.jpg

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G’day Capt’n,

im thinking of making the Stone &Wood using 2xE1, 2 x E5, 1 x X1, Y2 yeast, and 2 x Galaxy hops, as you have made.

I’m assuming I’ll have to use the custom menu on the droid, so my question is:

what temperatures do I set for propagation and fermentation, and at what stage in the process do I add the dry hops - will the droid tell me or do I do it on a specific day?

as it’s a custom brew, how does the droid know when it’s ready for kegging.

thanks ,

Ian

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5 minutes ago, Ian Brady said:

G’day Capt’n,

im thinking of making the Stone &Wood using 2xE1, 2 x E5, 1 x X1, Y2 yeast, and 2 x Galaxy hops, as you have made.

I’m assuming I’ll have to use the custom menu on the droid, so my question is:

what temperatures do I set for propagation and fermentation, and at what stage in the process do I add the dry hops - will the droid tell me or do I do it on a specific day?

as it’s a custom brew, how does the droid know when it’s ready for kegging.

thanks ,

Ian

Hi, I’d just use the ale mode and add the hop at day five, however you could use the custom hop program.

The Stone and Wood is a top drop

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On 12/05/2021 at 3:57 PM, Captain 3 Droids said:

Hi, I’d just use the ale mode and add the hop at day five, however you could use the custom hop program.

The Stone and Wood is a top drop

Hey fellas, just threw the Stone and wood in . First time for this one , so keen to see how it goes. @Captain 3 Droids , ypu dry hop at day 5 and expect a 10 day fermentation is that right ( jjst read through previous comments ) . This one will be a show and tell for the FIL who is up next month and want to make it a cracker

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5 minutes ago, Paul84 said:

Hey fellas, just threw the Stone and wood in . First time for this one , so keen to see how it goes. @Captain 3 Droids , ypu dry hop at day 5 and expect a 10 day fermentation is that right ( jjst read through previous comments ) . This one will be a show and tell for the FIL who is up next month and want to make it a cracker

I’ve done this 3 times, he 5 day dry hop of a 10 day fermentation was great. After 5 days, fermentation isn’t at its most active so no harm done. You may find a shorter fermentation if your yeast is dated 2020, last one was only 8 days. 
Go for it.

Cheers

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5 minutes ago, Robert Pretty said:

I justed kegged this on 27 May, I dry hopped with 50g Galaxy after the 8 day fermentation. @Captain 3 Droids  what's best drinking for this. Been a bit cold up this way so secondary may take a bit longer. Kegs and Bottles got pride of place next to the fire.IMG_20210611_074107234.thumb.jpg.645d196f58f9baad4c06d987d44f1cfb.jpg

Hi Robert, I’d wait for 6 weeks (including the 2 weeks carbonation) as I found at 4 weeks some further maturity was beneficial. I know it’s hard to hold off but worth the wait. Building stocks really help however if in a bit of trouble in that department, purchased brews is not an offence whilst waiting. 
Ps love the fire place.

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Hey @Captain 3 Droids , what are thoughts for age of Hops kept in the fridge. I reckon the bags I have have been opened for around 9months ( found them down the back, plus i used alternative hops for other beers ) the foil bag was wrapped tight , and put in 2 sandwich bags with air squeezed out both times ? Dont think they are smelling as "floral" as they did , but maybe I am thinking the smell they had after being in a Brew. They are Galaxy and Cascade i plan to use. Otherwise I will buy fresh

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1 hour ago, Paul84 said:

Hey @Captain 3 Droids , what are thoughts for age of Hops kept in the fridge. I reckon the bags I have have been opened for around 9months ( found them down the back, plus i used alternative hops for other beers ) the foil bag was wrapped tight , and put in 2 sandwich bags with air squeezed out both times ? Dont think they are smelling as "floral" as they did , but maybe I am thinking the smell they had after being in a Brew. They are Galaxy and Cascade i plan to use. Otherwise I will buy fresh

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I do exactly the same as you. Remember chilled or frozen hops (like food) have little aroma until room temp (also in a compact pellet form). Bit like your beer, as it warms up flavour and aroma intensifies. 

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