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by mickspangle
1 month ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
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Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

just finished off the last bottle at the weekend. it was a good crisp brew. not huge amounts of subtlety or complexity in the flavour but a good brew nonetheless, and another notch on the belt in terms of brewdays. it fed well into the next brew which was a hopback summer lightning clone - much the ...
by mickspangle
5 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Hoegaarden clone
Replies: 4
Views: 747
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Re: Hoegaarden clone

thanks, I'm sure I'll fancy a go eventually so it's good to know its not too tricky. I must admit I was a bit worried about burning the bottom of my sack, as it were... :shock:
by mickspangle
5 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Hoegaarden clone
Replies: 4
Views: 747
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Re: Hoegaarden clone

okay...here's a recipe. looks simple enough (some of them talk about stepped mashing, which i don't really want to do at the moment).

any thoughts anyone?
by mickspangle
5 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: Hoegaarden clone
Replies: 4
Views: 747
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Hoegaarden clone

anyone got a good recipe for one? I'm going to try and put a recipe together, but if anyone has got a tried and tested one, I'd be very interested :-)
TIA
by mickspangle
6 months ago
Forum: Bottling
Topic: swing top enclosures
Replies: 4
Views: 846
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Re: swing top enclosures

not sure I understand the problem? have you got any photos? do you mean you can't get the little metal bits to locate in the recesses in the side of the bottle or do you mean that you can, but that that it still won't seal properly?
by mickspangle
6 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: recommendation for recipe books
Replies: 1
Views: 518
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recommendation for recipe books

not sure if this is the right place to put this topic, so please move it if you think it ought to be elsewhere. I was after recommendations for a book of recipes. I've got the Graham Wheeler book already, which is great, but it does tend to focus on classic british styles. Can anyone recommend a boo...
by mickspangle
6 months ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Peco Mash Boiler
Replies: 3
Views: 2621
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Re: Peco Mash Boiler

I use one of these too. no problems with it at all.
by mickspangle
6 months ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: chilling in a freezer
Replies: 2
Views: 758
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Re: chilling in a freezer

yep, fair enough - it wasn't worded terribly well. current scenario is that post boil I tend to let the wort cool down a bit (say to 70-80C) and then transfer to a FV and put the lid, then leave it overnight to cool before pitching yeast the next day. I've just been given a larder fridge (although I...
by mickspangle
6 months ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: chilling in a freezer
Replies: 2
Views: 758
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chilling in a freezer

no...not climbing inside a refrigeration unit for the purposes of relaxation, but I'm about to build/assemble a fermentation fridge using a chest freezer and it got me wondering. Has anyone tried using them for cooling wort prior to fermentation? on the one hand if I put 20L of cooling wort into a -...
by mickspangle
9 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8367
Views: 860400
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Re: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered

homebrewshop seems to do a good online range. Brewbitz is near to me to.  If I were you, I'd try talking to your local microbrewer though. see if they will let you have some malt or yeast. warminster maltings are good for 25kg sacks, but the postage gets a bit much when you're sending kilos of malt ...
by mickspangle
9 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

some really interesting experiments there. not sure there's a homebrew group near me, but maybe I'll get around to it if I find a few like minded souls. what I was more interested in was maybe taking a good smash recipe and then adding bits of crystal or dark malt or varying the ratios, amount of ho...
by mickspangle
9 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
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Re: porter recipe

didn't turn out as dark as I was expecting, but it looks and tastes like beer :-)
by mickspangle
9 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

Interestingly the old speckled hen clone was the first AG recipe I tried. It wasn't entirely successful, possibly because I forgot the dark crystal until late on, and there was an odd underlying taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on.  In terms of ingredients, I've got a fairly friendly local ...
by mickspangle
9 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

thanks - getting more familiar with Biabacus now. I appreciate all your help. Brewday was yesterday (I had to wait a couple of days until my local friendly brewer was drawing off some yeast) It all went to plan, and after 3 brews, the brewday process is becoming a bit more streamlined. What I'm begi...
by mickspangle
10 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
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Re: porter recipe

well....it turned out ok I think. it's my 2nd AG so I'm still refining the whole brew day process. I bottled it new years day, and after a couple of weeks it's there or thereabouts. A bit chewy, but I'm hoping it'll mellow a bit in month or two. planning on trying a bottle every week or so until it ...
by mickspangle
10 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

aha! I discovered the tab that allows me to attach things  :P not too sure what amount of hops to add, so tried a few amounts until it came out at 30 IBU. not sure of ratio of early addition to late addition though, so made a guess.  I must admit I didn't appreciate the BIABacus allows you to revers...
by mickspangle
10 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

thanks guys. I've got an Electrim 33L mashing bin. bit tricky to measure volumes as they're slightly tapered. I've put the measurements in and knocked the VIF down a couple of litres as the porter I did last time got perilously close to the top (mind you, I'm expecting a smaller grain bill this time...
by mickspangle
10 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

Re: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

thanks...maybe I'm being stupid (it has been known) but don't I need some weights and volumes of grain, hops and water too?
by mickspangle
10 months ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?
Replies: 16
Views: 2023
Great Britain

anyone got a good SMASH recipe using MO and EKG?

Hi all, I fancy doing a simple smash brew - nothing fancy, just an English style best bitter. I've got a fairly friendly brewer near me who is happy to supply malt, hops and yeast depending on what he's got in. He tends to have a lot of Maris Otter and a fair amount of EKG hops, so thought I'd use t...
by mickspangle
11 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
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Re: porter recipe

sorry for not responding - been away for work all this week. the red warnings say that the mash volume is approaching kettle limits and the vol into full mash is just under the kettle limit - I took this as a warning rather than a "this will not work". Is that right?  
by mickspangle
11 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
Great Britain

Re: porter recipe

Thanks. I've updated it as you suggested. In some ways I'm not too bothered about not hitting the precise numbers, I just wanted a bit of reassurance that the recipe is likely to give me something that is going to be (potentially) palatable. It is only my 2nd AG brew after all. I'm still not sure wh...
by mickspangle
11 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
Great Britain

Re: porter recipe

I couldn't work out how to upload the spreadsheet here so i uploaded it to Dropbox and linked to it in the original post
by mickspangle
11 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
Great Britain

Re: porter recipe

think I've worked it out - it's because I told it I still wanted a OG of 1053. I'll have a play with that, but would still appreciate any advice or opinions.  I've got a friendly local brewer who gave me some fullers liquid yeast of his own and basically put the whole grain bill into one big sack fo...
by mickspangle
11 months ago
Forum: Creating Your Own Recipes
Topic: porter recipe
Replies: 10
Views: 1685
Great Britain

porter recipe

Hi everyone, relative newbie here. managed to make a speckled hen clone that turned out ok for a first AG brew, and thought I'd attempt a version of Fullers London Porter from Graham Wheelers book.  what I can't quite work out is that I've inputted the various weights of malts, haven't given it a re...
by mickspangle
2 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8367
Views: 860400
Great Britain

thanks for the welcome Scott. I guess I'm after a london pride/speckled hen type bitter in the long run, but am happy to try something else first if it's more reliable (or more idiot-proof) while I get the hang of it. I did download the BIABacus and stare at it for a while. I'm sure it'll make sense...

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