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Beer Recipes / Re: London Pride Clone Beer
« on: March 10, 2010, 07:43:41 PM »
I brewed this a couple years ago and loved it.  If I made it again I'd switch to WLP002, but the S-04 tasted great at the time.  Come to think of it...I may make this again soon!

London Calling
1.043-1.011
30 ibus
5.5 gallon batch

7# British Pale (MO)
1# Simpson's British Crystal 75L
1/2# Demerara (or any light brown sugar)

1/2oz Target for 60 min
3/4oz Northdown for the last 10 minutes

S-04 dry yeast fermented in low sixties for 2 weeks

Fuller's has such a unique style of brewing that I think it's very hard to emulate their products truly, but maybe I just think that because the ESB always eludes me.  This LP is pretty close, tho.

Good Luck!


Looks tasty to me, gonna try this on saturday, as i have everything on hand. When does the sugar go in? 5-10 min sound ok.

TIA   jerry

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The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: March 10, 2010, 01:07:16 PM »
Another Arky huh Toastedman, I'm way down south of ya in Odlaw...........I mean Waldo. Glad to see
another AR brewer-there aint none down here niether :'(.

   Hey Matt,  yup, we Arkies are few and far between it seems, i've been in waldo, years ago, deer hunting down that area.
can you get Diamond Bear beer down there? i'm in dry county, i hafta drive bout 25 miles in next county to find any.  love their Presidential IPA, all their beers have been good that i've tried, gotta support our home state brewery.
    drop in sometime, i'll have cold beer on tap
 
 Jerry   

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer errors?
« on: March 09, 2010, 09:53:36 PM »
  there is a refractometer that reads gravity, I have one, it reads brix-scale on left side and gravity-scale on the right side. i just calibrate it to read same as my hydrometer, i can check my runnings at any time and see reading in gravity-scale.

Even if it reads gravity it may not be the same gravity that you measure with a hydrometer if you use wort. Chances are that it reads the correct gravity of a sucrose solution.

Kai

      The refactometer i have is for use for beer only, it measures gravity of wort, same as a hydrometer. its out in my backyard brewery, i'll tell you the details tomorro, its raining here now.

   the same one i have is on e-bay,  the item # is (370317544138)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer errors?
« on: March 09, 2010, 09:12:18 PM »
  there is a refractometer that reads gravity, I have one, it reads brix-scale on left side and gravity-scale on the right side. i just calibrate it to read same as my hydrometer, i can check my runnings at any time and see reading in gravity-scale.

Even if it reads gravity it may not be the same gravity that you measure with a hydrometer if you use wort. Chances are that it reads the correct gravity of a sucrose solution.

Kai

      The refactometer i have is for use for beer only, it measures gravity of wort, same as a hydrometer. its out in my backyard brewery, i'll tell you the details tomorro, its raining here now.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer errors?
« on: March 09, 2010, 06:26:51 PM »
wondering why they just do not make a refractometer that reads gravity like a hydrometer.  Wouldn't that be the best of both worlds?  Is that even possible?   :)

   
  there is a refractometer that reads gravity, I have one, it reads brix-scale on left side and gravity-scale on the right side. i just calibrate it to read same as my hydrometer, i can check my runnings at any time and see reading in gravity-scale.
 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone use this fermenter before?
« on: February 17, 2010, 06:06:42 PM »


This might be what you are looking for:

http://www.thebeerjournals.com/Fermenter_Page.html
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       not the same article i was refering to, but just as good, now i know what to do,  now!! wheres my 4-inch angle grinder.
  thanks narcout

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: coopers carbonations drops
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:18:27 AM »
    i use Muntons CarbTabs, pills, they work good. i keg all my beer and often have a few bottles extra after kegging,  its easy to drop in a few pills rather than figure how much corn sugar you need. 4 pills per bottle is what i use, with good results.  add the pills to the bottles  before filling.

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH meter questions
« on: February 15, 2010, 09:36:52 PM »
    i just saw the milwaukee ph51 on e-bay for 49.50, the better one is the ph56 it has accuracy of + - 0.01 and auto temp for 64.95 + ship 5.99

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Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone use this fermenter before?
« on: February 15, 2010, 06:08:24 PM »
 bo_gator,          can you see what i ment about the 2-piece rim, the whole top comes off like a standard bucket fermenter, i haven't been able to get mine off, thats why i''m leary of it, can't see on inside under rim. i did add a drain valve to mine for gravity transfers.
   a poster on another board had drilled holes around the outside of the top so it would flex some to get the whole top off. wish i could remember who or witch board he was on, he had detail instruction on how to get the top off.
     how do you like those handles?  they don't work to good for me, i'm 65yr 140lb,  you look like a Hoss tho

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:56:01 AM »
 smoked oatmeal stout, strike water heating as i type
 

 (up-date)  had a very good brew day, hit all my #'s on spot, everything went like clock-work, got everything washed-up
and had all small stuff air-drying on a towell spread on a table (outdoors). i go an draw me the first pint of the day,  i walk back
outside just as a Jay-bird landed on my false bottom, took a crap on it, then grabed my only stir-bar and flew away with it. :o  >:( ???    i may have invented a few new curse words

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 have you checked for leaks, a very small leak anywhere an it won't carbonate, a Starsan solution (sanitizer) put into a spray-bottle is great for finding leaks, it'll bubble like soapey water does and you can see the smallest of leaks, if you find a leak, use 3-4 wraps of teflon tape on threads. i'd disconnect the line to the keg an turn pressue up around 30psi to check for leaks. if there are no leaks at the regulator or lines, then i'd check the the keg for leaks. you need to use keg-lube on all rubber parts to insure a good seal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 13, 2010, 07:45:14 AM »
  smoked oatmeal stout, strike water heating as i type

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sweet Deal in Copper Tubing
« on: February 13, 2010, 07:40:25 AM »
       not sure i'm understanding this, (stir your wort opposite of coil flow)  do you mean the liquid inside the coil, or the curvator of the copper itself. i already have whirlpool cooling using a pump. i gotta try this, mabey i going the wrong direction, i'm always looking for a better way.  
  

If your chiller flows clockwise, stir your wort counter-clockwise. And, vice-versa.
   yup, seems to be ezactly what i'm doin, so i won't change anything. thanks weazletoe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: so the debate is
« on: February 10, 2010, 11:40:11 PM »
So you could go with single stage if you do not mind replugging heat/cooling source.

I found a couple used A419 controllers at the shop that my boss said I could have.  I was thinking about setting one up to run the freezer and one to run the heater (lightbulb, heatpad, etc).  Anyone think of any reason not to do it this way?
   i use the A419 for fermenting box, i only change it over once a year, cool in summer, heat in winter, only takes couple min to switch it over, pull the jumper off 2 pins, put on the other 2 pins , never a problem.  
    

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sweet Deal in Copper Tubing
« on: February 10, 2010, 10:37:06 PM »
I added a 330 gph pond pump, figure I'll recirculate ice water for a faster drop.  All part of graduation from extract to all grain
 
     yea, that will speed your cooling up for sure, you need to use tap water first till it down to near 100* , then switch to your ice water, if you don't do this your ice water will only last a short peroid of time

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