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by Jocky
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Mixing paddle
Replies: 23
Views: 360

Re: Mixing paddle

The SS one from Cole Parmer is fairly small diameter and not very aggressive. The paint/plaster one I had before was much more aggressive.
by Jocky
Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Cleaning elements
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: Cleaning elements

I tend to just put some water straight from the hot tap (40-45C) and then add a PBW type cleaner and turn the element on for a few minutes.

It only needs wiping off after, plus I then have hot cleaning solution for the rest of my kit.
by Jocky
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Mixing paddle
Replies: 23
Views: 360

Re: Mixing paddle

I previously used a paint mixing paddle, and yes it did the job very well, until the paint started flaking off. That one linked above would also work fine, although I’d be concerned about the nickel coating on it going into a hot acidic mash. I eventually spent the extra on getting a 304 stainless s...
by Jocky
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: 13% imperial stout advice please
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: 13% imperial stout advice please

From a starting gravity of 1.130 I wouldn’t be worried about a FG of 1.040. I certainly don’t think you need an overnight mash. 90 minutes at plus a slow sparge should be fine. For a beer this big you’re going to need a lot of yeast though. Ideally a yeast cake from a recently finished beer, using a...
by Jocky
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fermenters rated/compared
Replies: 42
Views: 2737

Re: Fermenters rated/compared

I've had a little bit of infection in my past two or three brews. It hasn't been a massive problem as I've just got them into the corny keg quick and got mates rounds to guzzle them in a week, but I have another brew on now and I'm worried it will return. I've been very clean, and used a lot of ble...
by Jocky
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Backup Pump?
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Backup Pump?

I tried a voltage controller on a pump and it slowed it down, but not as much as I wanted.

Any reason why you’re not looking at a March pump?
by Jocky
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Black Friday Home Brew Competition - 26th November 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Black Friday Home Brew Competition - 26th November 2021

London Amateur Brewers have decided to run the Black Friday competition in 2021, in association with Hammerton Brewery on Friday 26th November 2021. The competition is open to any beer style, as long as it's black. Even if it's not normally a black beer, if you can make a black version of it then yo...
by Jocky
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: WHC Bond dead in the wort
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: WHC Bond dead in the wort

I do exactly what Guy does.

My stir plate was bought, but as Guy says they're not absolutely necessary.
by Jocky
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: WHC Bond dead in the wort
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: WHC Bond dead in the wort

Just suppose I had made a starter, would it have taken as long as this to show signs of life? I like to plan exactly when I brew and this making a starter that could take anywhere between hours and days to get going is a bother. I brewed on Saturday, pitched a 1 litre starter of Wyeast 1056 about 1...
by Jocky
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: WHC Bond dead in the wort
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: WHC Bond dead in the wort

I totally agree Eric. I exclusively use wet yeast. I couldn’t make the beers without it.
by Jocky
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: WHC Bond dead in the wort
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: WHC Bond dead in the wort

I wish yeast companies were a bit more honest about the optimal way to use their yeast. Most are produced in the USA, so by the time they’ve been shipped to the UK you don’t know how old they are or how they’ve been treated along the way. Dry yeast is fine without, but for any wet yeast you are just...
by Jocky
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: WHC Bond dead in the wort
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: WHC Bond dead in the wort

If you’re not making a starter I’d be surprised if you did see activity within 24 hours. It’s probably still growing.

Liquid yeast always needs a starter to perform well.
by Jocky
Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Would this work as a HLT?
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Would this work as a HLT?

Cutting a hole in one of those is easy enough with a Stanley knife or sharp pointed small kitchen knife. Don’t cut in one go, draw the hole and then use the point of the knife to score around it, gradually getting deeper with each rotation. Better still is a compass cutter at least to get you starte...
by Jocky
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: ITC-308 troubles!
Replies: 48
Views: 1577

Re: ITC-308 troubles!

If that's a just blip in the display, does it matter to the beer? Well I don’t know whether it was just the display reading incorrectly or whether if I’d had a narrower band set whether it would have triggered the outputs. Practically speaking it doesn’t matter for me, but I can see situations wher...
by Jocky
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: ITC-308 troubles!
Replies: 48
Views: 1577

Re: ITC-308 troubles!

Mother f****r. Standing in front of my keezer pouring myself a beer, I think about this thread and glance at the Inkbird. 4.6c, coming down to the set point of 4.5c. And then, just for less than half a second the readout jumps to 5.6c. Omg. PeeBee was right. Doesn’t really matter to me as I allow a ...