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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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