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by wmfd
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages
Replies: 6
Views: 1522

Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

I am pretty sure I used bread yeast for some elderflower I made a few years ago. It was fine although I did end up with quite a lot of yeast in the bottles (which may have been me rather than the yeast).

Not sure how alcohol tolerant bread yeast is?
by wmfd
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Bad times on Kombucha land
Replies: 3
Views: 637

Re: Bad times on Kombucha land

Oh no, just saw this and shuddered!

I hope you’re back up and running now. Any idea how you could best keep a spare, for backup?

David
by wmfd
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Re: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

Thanks, I’ve taken to mixing it with orange juice as I drink it - very nice. I will try bottling with juice too - a chance to be creative working out what’s good. I’ve upped my brew length to 3 litres now, so enough to experiment. The sulphur does seem to disappear after a couple of days in the frid...
by wmfd
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Re: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

Thanks Bryan, that's a good idea, as whilst it's a nice drink it can be a bit raw, especially when young (more than a bit of sulphur).

How do you use the hibiscus, is that dried flowers, syrup or an infusion of some sort?
by wmfd
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fermentation fridge base reinforcement
Replies: 10
Views: 1558

Re: Fermentation fridge base reinforcement

I agree, it does look good.

Also you clearly thought through the need for air circulation. I built one using plywood then had to drill holes to allow the warm air through!

David
by wmfd
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Re: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

Next step, it is bottled!

At last a use for my clear, screw top, bottles.

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I've tried it and it is quite sharp. I hope it's an acquired taste :?

Especially as I've topped up the 'fermenter' .....
by wmfd
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Kombucha, Kefir And Other Non-Alcoholic Brews
Topic: Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Scoby one-kenobi - kombucha brew day

For a recent birthday, some friends bought me a kilner drinks jar: https://i.ibb.co/Y83nDP0/IMG-0753-Copy.jpg So I got thinking and decided to give kombucha a go. Following the instructions that came with my scoby, I put 8 teabags and 170g of sugar in 2 litres of boiling water: https://i.ibb.co/V3fc...
by wmfd
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: heater wattage for fermentation fridge?
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: heater wattage for fermentation fridge?

I've just checked and I have two 60W tubular heaters in mine, although I think that was to be able to get to 36 degrees for honey warming.

I have a vague recollection that one was enough to heat the fridge to fermentation temperatures!
by wmfd
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Kegmenter DIY
Replies: 11
Views: 2516

Re: Kegmenter DIY

Yes, cracking work, almost a shame to cover up its all round shininess in the jacket!
by wmfd
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Brewing Software
Topic: Beersmith3 Set Up
Replies: 10
Views: 2974

Re: Beersmith3 Set Up

Thanks, I’ll take a look at Brewfather too, yet to commit to anything to replace my sprawling set of spreadsheets,

David
by wmfd
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Software
Topic: Beersmith3 Set Up
Replies: 10
Views: 2974

Re: Beersmith3 Set Up

At the bottom of the "Tools" menu is "Options" click in there and the second option is then "Units" - so you can have metric or even some weird mix!

I'm 14 days into my trial, it does look quite good although I'm not sure I'd use all the features.

David
by wmfd
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 36
Views: 9012

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

Paperwork rather than ingredients . Good job, as I still have a large bottle to get through (it doesn’t go out of date does It?)
by wmfd
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Panic - Star San withdrawn!
Replies: 1
Views: 1199

Panic - Star San withdrawn!

Oh but there’s a replacement, Chemsan, same instructions and seems the same ingredients. (Amazingly made in the UK)

Panic over, as you were!
by wmfd
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Brewing Software
Topic: Wheeler's Beer Engine
Replies: 234
Views: 56882

Re: Wheeler's Beer Engine

3. In defaults editor there is no provision for wort losses. 3) Yeah the program is still work-in-progress and I can implement it, I just don't use it personally so never thought about it - I am not sure how to implement it at this point in time, anybody got any ideas/formulas? Thanks Jim, it does ...
by wmfd
Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hop plants. Heads up.
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: Hop plants. Heads up.

Any tips on hop growing welcome. Will two plants be enough? I planted a couple of hop plants a few years ago and they're romping away. So give them plenty of space and somewhere they can climb (one of mine covers the trellis it is on and is in the process of taking over an ornamental cherry!). They...