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  • my thermometer (govee home something or other) is inaccurate by at least 20 degrees and beyond the "calibration" range - anyone have a recommendation for a new one? I have gone through 2 ikea ones previously, which I wasn't happy with, and I don't want to pay loads, but want to have range for boiling, not just mashing...

  • I just use a glass one I got from the Malt Miller years ago. Works a treat.

  • Been a while since I've done a brew but finally got round to one at the weekend. Had worried the colder weather would have caused trouble, but have got lucky that it's warmed up a smidge this week and the fermentation is good and active at the moment. Will be dry hopping around day 4/5, first time with my own brew so hopefully all turns out ok.

  • I'm hoping to brew at the weekend. Haven't made any beer since last May (bretted pale, so took ages and I've still got some left).

  • Bottling a Baltic Porter this weekend, bretting half of it.

  • First brew of the year at the weekend. Blood orange and grapefruit IPA, a rebrew of an old recipe with a twist this time. I replaced half the grapefruit zest with blood orange zest and used Mandarina Bavaria hops (courtesy @jdmitch) in place of citra . The aroma when filling the fermenter and in the fermentation room is amazing ! The zest was frozen before adding to the fermenter.

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  • First taste after a week in the keg, Grapefruit/orange aroma. Grapefruit taste and bitter Grapefruit finish......

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  • @Pathracer looks nice - did the mandarina bavaria come through well? I thought the aroma on it was really nice - sounds like it might have been overpowered by the grapefruit zest? I always find it tricky to dial in citrus flavours and aroma well...

    I've recently done a slightly citrussy Berliner Weisse short and shoddy brew, and a Munich Dunkel collab with a friend. Looking to do something with stone fruit vibes, but not sure whether to go darker or lighter - I was thinking more light, sour cherry, kirsch flavour rather than rich, black forest gateau... I saw Elusive Brewing's Cherry Wheat - that's you @ketsbaia, right? Anyone else done anything like this? Any tips?

  • LOL, no. That's Andy Parker, who I know (and have the same 'hairstyle' as), but that's the extent of it. Former homebrewer who took the hobby full-time, which I'm also hoping to do in a couple of years' time.

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Home brew? Homebrew? Winemaking

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