Author: Dave

TRIAL OF THE GRAINFATHER CONICAL FERMENTER ; JULY 2017 I received the fermenter from Dave Richardson to trial. Two days later I brewed a Belgian Wit and fermented it in the conical fermenter.  The fermenter was equipped to heat only with no cooling accessories. It was located in my garage where the average temperature was 12-13°c for this time of the year. It was located…

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Commercial Spirits and Liqueurs There is an amazing range of commercially made spirits and liqueurs available at any bottle- shop but the thing they all have in common is that they are all flavoured alcohol. They are made using traditional methods usually in pot stills where the essences of the added ingredients come through to flavour the finished product, for example juniper berries added to…

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Distillation

Posted by December 19, 2016

Boiling point of Alcohol The principle of the distilling process is to heat a liquid to its boiling point and let it turn into vapour (steam) then turn it back to a liquid. Boiling point of a liquid is the temperature where it begins to boil e.g. 100 degrees Centigrade for water, 78.5 degrees Centigrade for ethanol (alcohol). Basic Distillation The process can be seen…

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Carbon Treatment

Posted by December 19, 2016

Activated Carbon Activated Carbon is made mainly from charcoal using a number of processes usually involving heat of up to 900 degrees Celsius producing a product in which one gram generally has a surface area in excess of 500 square metres. The millions of microscopic channels in every gram of carbon allow impurities to trapped and allowing almost pure product to past through. Impurities in…

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Fermentation Enthusiasts

Posted by December 19, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the release of three new beta cultures: Flanders Specialty Ale, Wallonian Farmhouse II and Saison/Brettanomyces Blend II. While we have homebrew vials of all the new beta products stocked on the website, we only have commercial culture available currently for Saison/Brettanomyces Blend II. If you’d like commercial pitches of any of the other beta products, please email us and we’ll schedule…

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COMET

Posted by December 19, 2016

As far as comebacks go this hop has the title. Released in 1974 only to be retired in 1980 when super alphas was all the rage. This hop has made a recent comeback due to the growing craft scene, originally for bittering but now known as a dual purpose variety. Aroma is described as wild American, grassy and grapefruit. 8-10.5% Alpha 1.2-2ml Oil.

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Mixing wort with whiskey

Posted by December 19, 2016

Here’s a quick tip about whiskey, wort and beer brewing I picked up at my last Craft Beer and Brewing retreat in Colorado. John Mallett from Bell’s Brewing shared it with me though I’ve since found that other brewers also know this trick. Hot Wort and Whiskey or Scotch So the tip is this: while you are boiling, draw a tumbler full of hot wort…

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Due to popular demand, as well as selling the single sachet Still Spirits Classic Spiced Gold Rum which makes 1 litre, Still Spirits  are now also selling these in a sleeve with two 28ml sachets allowing you to make 2.25 litres This is a smooth, creamy textured, honey coloured rum combined with a heavenly blend of spices and note of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.Great over ice…

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