" Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

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Re: " Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

Post by WalesAles » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:29 pm

Ha! Marty,
Nice to see you on this lovely, old, fantastic, very informative, funny thread :D :D =D>
Good luck with your beer! :D

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Post by Andyhop » Tue May 26, 2020 5:34 pm

Well my first brew is already going down fast and need to get another on the go. For my second brew I'm going to give Ditch's famous Stout a try. I do love a nice stout/porter. I have brought myself a fishtank heater so can now ferment at the desired temp as the airing cupboard for my first brew was a little too warm. ( and I dont think the other half will be too please with the airing cupboard filling up with erupting coopers stout :D )
Wish me luck. If all goes well I'm already itching to try all grain :=P

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Post by WalesAles » Tue May 26, 2020 9:13 pm

Andy,
Glad to see you doing a `Ditch`s Stout`, never fails, even you can do it! :D :D (no offence) [-X
Brew it to 20lts.
Make sure you catch the eruption, builder`s trug, black bags, towels, etc,.......
I`ve made these with and without fishtank heaters and they turn out the same. BLM!
Use the fishtank heater because it is a `new bit of kit`, set the dial to 26deg to give you 20 - 22deg in the trug.
Are you using a trug? If you are, heat the trug water to 26deg (boiled water and cold water), when you put the
FV in the trug the temp should drop to 20-22deg. Only need about 4 - 6 inches of water when the FV is in the trug.
Make sure the heater is completely submersed, it doesn`t have to be standing up straight, laying down is ok.
Good Luck with the Brew! :D
I`ve got make one of these now, it`s been ages since my last one. #-o

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Re: " Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

Post by Meatymc » Tue May 26, 2020 9:43 pm

Bloody hell Andy........ and you as well WA............. [-X
WalesAles wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 9:13 pm
I`ve got make one of these now, it`s been ages since my last one. #-o
WA
.....you've got me adding it to my to do again list now as well and it's long enough all ready!! :D

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Post by Andyhop » Wed May 27, 2020 11:49 am

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I was going to use the heater directly in the fv. Am I better making myself a trug?

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Post by WalesAles » Wed May 27, 2020 8:06 pm

Andyhop wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 11:49 am
WA
I was going to use the heater directly in the fv. Am I better making myself a trug?

Andyhop
Andy,
Put the heater in the FV, keep an eye on the temp, you might have to set the heater higher
to maintain 20deg. Have you got a thermometer to check the temp? #-o
Prepare the floor in case the brew erupts.

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Post by Andyhop » Wed May 27, 2020 11:30 pm

WA
Yes got a couple of thermometers and the FV will be in the outside cupboard so can erupt all it wants 😂
Think I might have to get another FV so I can have 2 on the go 😎

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Re: " Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

Post by orlando » Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 am

Andyhop wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 11:49 am
WA
I was going to use the heater directly in the fv. Am I better making myself a trug?

Andyhop
You have to consider sanitation. Lot of nooks and crannies on these fish tank heaters so advisable to go the trug route to avoid the possibility of infection.
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Post by Andyhop » Thu May 28, 2020 9:53 am

orlando wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 am

You have to consider sanitation. Lot of nooks and crannies on these fish tank heaters so advisable to go the trug route to avoid the possibility of infection.
Thanks for the advice. The heater is from a homebrew shop does that make a difference?

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Re: " Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

Post by orlando » Thu May 28, 2020 11:48 am

Andyhop wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 9:53 am
orlando wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 am

You have to consider sanitation. Lot of nooks and crannies on these fish tank heaters so advisable to go the trug route to avoid the possibility of infection.
Thanks for the advice. The heater is from a homebrew shop does that make a difference?

Andyhop
Bugs won't care where it came from. It may be that it is easier to sanitise but why take the risk? Trugs are cheaper than a lost brew. :wink:
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Post by Andyhop » Thu May 28, 2020 6:59 pm

Thanks for the advice Orlando and WA. Brew is sitting in a trug.
Unfortunately it might not taste like Ditch's famous Stout as I made a little mistake.
For some reason I only brought 1 bag of spray malt (500g) #-o I blame it on my age 😂
But on the positive side I will know what it tastes like with less sprey malt and see what the difference is when I do my second Ditch's famous Stout.
Well that's my theory and I'm sticking to it :D
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Post by Jstinchy » Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:21 pm

Brewed a Ditch's Stout. Got about 19L of it.
Going to batch prime for the first time before bottling.
Any recommendations? Don't want a flat stout!

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Post by WalesAles » Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:32 pm

Jstinchy wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:21 pm
Brewed a Ditch's Stout. Got about 19L of it.
Going to batch prime for the first time before bottling.
Any recommendations? Don't want a flat stout!
50gr batch prime.

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Post by Lawlor82 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:12 pm

What’s the story everyone I have made this stout exzacly the way ditche says on page one , made it on the 10th after 6 days it was Finnish fermentation kegged it on 16th pressurized it with 70/30 gad mix as I do with all my stouts pulled a pint this weekend and unfortunately it’s terrible the is a strange after taste makes me smack my lips in a bad way , any advice would be great does it just need more time I usually leave my stout for a month but tryed this for the fast turn around and the fact it sounds so good

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Re: " Ditch's Stout " Master Class .....

Post by syelliott1975 » Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:15 pm

Just had to post here, found this thread as a recommendation from FB group Home Brew.

I have just brewed kegged and poured my first 'Ditch's stout' I'm blown away. I have brewed many stout looking for a suitable ale to use in my home bar, I can safely say the search is over, this ones a keeper !!!

Thanks all for a great read going back over this thread, i brewed this as per Ditch's instruction and wow what a pint, many more to sink over the coming months !!! and as i write this it is not exactly stout weather, but for me any weather is stout weather :D :D :D

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