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by MarkA
Mon Jun 17, 2024 8:53 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Are screw tops ok for wine bottling or shold I cork the lot and do the corks need soaking?
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Are screw tops ok for wine bottling or shold I cork the lot and do the corks need soaking?

Not worth the risk of bottle bombs,commercially they can be 99.9% certain fermentation is over If a wine ferments out to 0.990, surely there won't be much left to ferment? Potassium sorbate should stop any action, if sweetened with sugar before bottling. I would think there's as much risk of bottle...
by MarkA
Thu Jun 06, 2024 12:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

MashBag wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2024 8:45 am
Excellent news.
Been fiddling recently, and I have come to the conclusion "any doubt replace the probe". Works like a charm.
It certainly seems to be the answer, I think I'll order a spare in case of future issues.
by MarkA
Thu Jun 06, 2024 12:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Drop In Efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Drop In Efficiency

Will do!
by MarkA
Wed Jun 05, 2024 3:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Drop In Efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Drop In Efficiency

Although possible, it is unlikely that crushing done by the Malt Miller would be the cause. Frequent handling of a large batch will enable grains to settle, with the top having fewer vital components. If this is so, you should find your efficiency to rise as those at the bottom come within reach. H...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 05, 2024 12:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Drop In Efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Drop In Efficiency

My last few batches have seen a drop in efficiency from 72% to 67% (worked out in Beersmith) My process, equipment including hydrometer, sparge rate and water are the same. In December I made a bitter; Efficiency set at 72% Estimated pre-boil gravity - 1.046 Measured pre-boil gravity - 1.048 My last...
by MarkA
Wed Jun 05, 2024 11:39 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

I got THIS probe from ebay (I made an offer of £8.99 and it was accepted) and it looks like it's working fine now. I've got it stuck in water in the brewfridge and it's consistently reading the same as my Thermapen. I decided on the longer one so the wire join is not sitting in the liquid. Also, the...
by MarkA
Tue Jun 04, 2024 8:51 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Sussex Best Clone - 3rd Grain Brew - Photos
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: Sussex Best Clone - 3rd Grain Brew - Photos

Looks great, I couldn't do without a bottling stick now!
by MarkA
Sun May 26, 2024 2:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

Mine's got a detachable probe, it looks the same as a headphone socket and plug so easy to swap
by MarkA
Sun May 26, 2024 8:20 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

Cheers Guy, I think you're right but nothing to lose in trying a new probe. If all else fails, I'll have a newer Inkbird and a spare probe as a back-up
by MarkA
Sat May 25, 2024 2:38 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

Sounds like it’s faulty. How long have you had it? Passed the 12 month warranty, knowing Sod’s Law. I’d replace the NTC probe to test it. Cheapest option. I think I've had it about 8 years, so slightly out of warranty! I guess it's not done bad, though has had issues metioned above along the way. I...
by MarkA
Mon May 20, 2024 10:16 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Inkbird ITC-308S Problem(s)

I've posted before about problems I've had with my Inkbird temp controller, but this time it's gone too far! I've put up with having to recalibrate it on a far too regular basis, temps jumping about all over the place etc I made a brew on Friday and tucked it away in the fridge with the Inkbird set ...
by MarkA
Fri Apr 26, 2024 7:56 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Kveik Bitter
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Kveik Bitter

One of my favourite commercial beers is William Bros. "Sapien". Described as a "Kveik Double IPA", it put paid to any aversion I may have had to using "kveik". (Olay, hard to do wrong with a 7.5% beer \:D/ ). I haven't tried that one, I'll have to look out for it I'm sure Mark's "Kveik Bitter" was ...
by MarkA
Thu Apr 25, 2024 12:45 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Kveik Bitter
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Kveik Bitter

How did it turn out? Both beers turned out well. I racked the 'lager' into a secondary for a week and bottled with 1 teaspoon of sugar per 500ml bottle. It took about three weeks to prime, whereas the bitter in the barrel was done in a couple of days. Both are very drinkable with no off flavours fr...
by MarkA
Sat Apr 20, 2024 8:12 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Bittering/Aroma hop ratio
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Bittering/Aroma hop ratio

I've only heard of bitterness ratio for balancing beers to style, but not for bitterness/aroma. There are so many variables, I wouldn't think it would be possible to pin it down to a figure.
by MarkA
Sat Apr 06, 2024 4:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Books
Topic: World's Best Beers
Replies: 0
Views: 287

World's Best Beers

Charity shop find for today is a hardback edition of World's Best Beers by Ben McFarland & Tom Sandham (The Thinking Drinkers, apparently). Just having a flick through and there's some interesting brewery profiles. Looks good and certainly worth £3. One minor niggle so far is, on the glassware page,...