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by Muggy Dawson
1 month ago
Forum: Grains (Malts), Extracts, Sugars and Adjuncts
Topic: Steeping Grains
Replies: 8
Views: 2649
Australia

Re: Steeping Grains

Does anyone have further thoughts on steeping darker grains (roasted barley, carafa 3, choc, etc) or using as a separate late addition to the mash? I've only ever milled them and added along with my base malt, one in all in from the start. I'm just looking at this for Stouts and wanted to see if the...
by Muggy Dawson
1 month ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: well it happened again
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Australia

Re: well it happened again

I hear you ;) I'm very green in my brewing journey, and one of my best yet has been a 'fly by the seat of your pants' brew with minimal measurements, planning or notes. And as the last bottle is finished off and into my belly it's hit home to me that I need to refine, remeasure, and record better. I...
by Muggy Dawson
1 month ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: This site is a major PITA :)
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Australia

Re: This site is a major PITA.

It's great isn't it.
There was a question about hops additions I was pondering late this arvo, and after two minutes on here I found exactly the info I wanted, plus more.
Downside is that the kids are now monitoring my screen time :dunno:
by Muggy Dawson
1 month ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: Bloody Bottling Day
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Australia

Re: Bloody Bottling Day

Embrace the bottling, caress and love your bottles and they shall love you back.
Slow down and enjoy.

Some more name suggestions;
- Bottle Shank Kolsch,
- Shatter Mash,
- Prosthetic Kolsch.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Yeasts
Topic: Real Wort Starter?
Replies: 28
Views: 9893
Australia

Re: Real Wort Starter?

I'm planning out two identical grain bills of Stout to ferment at the same time in separate F.Vs. both with Wyeast Irish Ale 1084. One Pride of Ringwood, the other Fuggles. I've only used a smack pack once before (whole thing all in), and wanted to split this one for the two starters using 1L of pos...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 179
Views: 42299
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

Between normal work and overtime I'll be lucky to sleep over the next few weeks. Can't see me getting down that way again until mid June when I go on holidays. Work and family commitments are really stretching my time. Even having to pencil in brew days on the calendar now instead of just waking up ...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: A question about Oats - to toast or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Australia

Re: A question about Oats - to toast or not?

I'll try this for my next brew, there's a f.v free for it to go straight into and I can leave the wort until it's cool enough that the f.v can handle it. Then straight into the temp fridge until it comes to pitching temp. The cubes I'll only use for when there's no f.v available.
Cheers.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: A question about Oats - to toast or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Australia

Re: A question about Oats - to toast or not?

You do not necessarily need a cube, you can turn off your heat source and no-chill in the kettle. I brew outdoors under a deck and when doing no-chill I cover the kettle with a sanitized cloth (binder clips around the edge) after Flame Out. It takes a while (weather/temperature dependent) to cool b...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 179
Views: 42299
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

My Stout entry is done and bottled. I hope 5 months will be enough time sitting for it to condition nicely. Not sure what I'll do for another yet.There's a couple of 'dark horses' at the back of the cupboard that might get a run. :think:
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: The zen of bottling.
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Australia

The zen of bottling.

I've now got my bottling procedure down to a shade under one hour. 24 bottles clean and marked. I realised this morning how much I enjoy it, and find it is a bit like meditation. A little bit of deep breathing, relaxed movements, patience for each bottle to fill. Even washing bottles doesn't feel li...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Big Mistake - first batch I've ever dumped from fermenter.
Replies: 7
Views: 1624
Australia

Re:

PistolPatch wrote:
<span title="12 Jun 2016, 22:54">1 year ago</span>
I have now stuck permanent markers where I can easily get to them.
I started doing that too, but then mistakenly used permanent on my whiteboard I use for my brew days.
They are now strictly separated. :idiot:
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Measurement, Mathematics and Records
Topic: Hydrometer readings in clear or cloudy.
Replies: 1
Views: 183
Australia

Hydrometer readings in clear or cloudy.

I've recently purchased a second hydrometer and was thinking today as a tested my latest batches, does it make a difference if the sample is of clear wort or if there is some trub/cloudiness in it? I imagine I could test this with a 'very cloudy' Vs 'reasonably clear' set of samples, but my samples ...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: Mash temp and time of mash.
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Australia

Re: Mash temp and time of mash.

Thanks guys. I've got a SMASH of Maris Otter and Nelson Sauvin which turned out very nice last attempt but I thought not quite right. The mash temp for it was around 66-67C for 60mins. Today I thought I'd tweak it to give a slightly drier finish, but also added 100g of CaraAroma and subbed in some l...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: From Mash to Lauter (Water to Sweet Liquor)
Topic: Mash temp and time of mash.
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Australia

Mash temp and time of mash.

I've been getting my water temp to 67C, usually up to 69C then adding grain in to get 67C, and maintaining this for 60mins prior to boiling. So far this has been my standard MO for all brews. Reading further though, I realise that higher or lower temps will possibly give dryer or sweeter wort. Wanti...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: The BIPs Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Australia

Re: The BIPs Thread

I figured I could spend 1000's more $$$ on books for half the info on I get on here. I'm lucky enough to be getting into this form of brewing when so much experimenting, trial and error, and countless hours of groundwork have already been done. So no, thank you.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Your Feedback
Topic: The BIPs Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Australia

Re: The BIPs Thread

I think I'm BIP'd up now!?
I purchased last night as a bit of a test to see what would happen.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Bottling
Topic: Bottle storage options.
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Australia

Re: Bottle storage options.

Not yet. The majority of my bottles are in the bottom drawers though. These are also anti-tilt, allowing just one drawer to be opened at a time. Still going to fix to the wall.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Australia & New Zealand
Topic: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events
Replies: 179
Views: 42299
Australia

Re: Western Australian BIABrewers and Events

The Chapman Valley Show is on this September so I though now would be the time to get some brews together. My first time in any comp so it'll be an eye opener. Four classes for entries; Class 320 Lager Class 321 Light Ale Class 322 Dark Ale/Stout Class 323 Wheat Beer I reckon I'll give the Light Ale...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB - the problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2121
Australia

Re: BIAB - the problem

While not it's not in the "technical/electronic geek" division, have you tried the "science geek" division in our Yeast specialist field?
Never too late to learn another challenging area of expertise full of testing, troubleshooting, and new ideas.
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Bottling
Topic: Bottle storage options.
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Australia

Bottle storage options.

As a bottler I'm limited for places which are reasonably temperature stable to store my bottles. My best option is the spare room in my shed. I'm done with ill-fitting cardboard boxes and only use them now for empties. Not sure which site I saw this, but someone (not me) as usual has done the hard t...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: Feedback on No-Chill
Replies: 67
Views: 24133
Australia

Re: Feedback on No-Chill

I'll continue to push my luck and see how many cycles I can get from each cube. I did end up with an infection in one which was holding what I thought might be a beautiful chocolate stout. It swelled right up and out like a balloon and just seeped out. I carefully took it outside and eased off the l...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Bags, Mashers, Thermometers, Kettles etc.
Topic: Stainless hop basket
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Australia

Re: Stainless hop basket

You're spot on with both pieces of equipment. The bag is easier to clean as I usually did it at the same time as the grain bag. Noticed today, what I thought was a clean hop basket still had small debris in the folds and joins. I've also tried the various sized tea balls for dry hopping, but while t...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: 2nd Brew - still some issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1051
Australia

Re: 2nd Brew - still some issues

I agitate really well with potato masher when first mashing in wrap with old sleeping bag. I use a paint stirrer which looks much like an oversized potato masher, it works brilliantly and the length is spot on for my urn depth, however my search continues for a Stainless steel version. +1 on the sl...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Chilling
Topic: Feedback on No-Chill
Replies: 67
Views: 24133
Australia

Re: Feedback on No-Chill

5 batches now with the above process and all well, except the one cube which was storing a Choc Stout. It spewed up all over the shed floor with an infection. Likely poor cleaning practices on my part. Beside this one hiccup, the cubes have worked well. My latest is a Foreign Export Stout, and I pla...
by Muggy Dawson
2 months ago
Forum: Bags, Mashers, Thermometers, Kettles etc.
Topic: Stainless hop basket
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Australia

Stainless hop basket

I recently bought a S/S hop basket which hangs nicely on the inside of my 40L Crown Urn. It's an Ebay/H.K buy at about $26. I wanted to see the difference from a hopsock, and now prefer the basket. I saw the KegKing equiv this weekend at my LHBS in Perth and was shocked at the quality differences. M...

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