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jdmitch

Member since Jun 2014 • Last active Oct 2021

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    any tips on basic water treatment - I am not a chemist, and I have gotten as far as getting the Thames water report for South Brent, and trying to plug in numbers into Brewer's Friend but the whole thing was a bit overwhelming, and I wasn't sure if there was something basic I could do every time I want to brew or if every different style beer I need to treat the water differently.
    Any help?!
    (for context, I do all-grain BIAB 20L batches mostly)

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    I'd love to try that Rosemary and Bay ale! Sounds interesting.

    very kind words from @Oliver Schick - I think that Belgian Tripel was indeed a success, but I would have liked to carbonate it more (it was only bottle conditioned, and I under-primed bc of a bad experience with a bottle bomb in the past).
    Oddly enough, I do actually have a CO2 tank, which I previously tried (and failed) to hook up to my sodastream, so does anyone have a cheap suggestion of how to use that to carbonate without going down the route of kegs?

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    Won’t be able to make it tonight but if anyone from wests is keen for a taste of homebrew, I am doing a little tasting of a couple Belgian style beers I brewed recently Saturday night- just DM for details 🍻

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    My two Belgian beers have bottle conditioned and I am doing a little tasting on Saturday evening- any brewers willing to travel to NW10 very welcome!
    Moules frites and other Belgian snacks provided as well 😜

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    interested in the finisterre and possibly the jetpacker...dm incoming

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    (sorry for cross-posting from Dads/mums thread)
    Some families in NW London are trying to organise an event around different family cycling options like cargo bikes, long-tails, child bike seats and trailers. The idea is to get as many different options as possible available for people to try, so if you live vaguely in Harlesden/Willesden/Kensal and have a cargo bike, or want to get a cargo bike, send me a DM please. Thanks!

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    I am back on Aug 20th so 2 weeks
    Update: looks like the trippel is at FG 1.010 and from tasting a drop (so it wouldn’t overflow the hydrometer) it seems like beer, so I might just go ahead and bottle that one as it’s only 16L - the double was bubbling away a bit more so I might just keep that going while away.

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    I was planning to bottle my Belgian dubbel/trippel parti-gyle today before I head to the US to see family tmo. But I still have a small amount activity on the airlock after 9 days, and time is very tight given the packing and other details that need sorting out. Should I:
    1) leave as is in the fermenting bins until I get back in 2 weeks at low 70s temp
    2) decant into something smaller that will fit in the fridge while I am away
    3) htfu and stay up late to bottle it (haven’t checked if I have reached target FG but I don’t think it will be far off).

    Any advice?
    Also if I choose 3 and there’s still activity, do I still need to re-pitch yeast for bottle conditioning?

  • in General
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    Stupid non-BMXer question, but do they have to run some standard gearing or something? Do they all have standardised bikes like Keirin/NJS or something? I just can't figure out how a cadence that high can be efficient, but I am sure I am missing something...

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    At the moment they're soft as they've been soaking to extract the sugars. When I have used them to make a homemade granola I bake them to get them crunchy again, but I think they'd work as is in muesli. I'll bring you a kg and if it doesn't work out, you can throw them into your compost (that's what I would have to do most likely with some of them anyways!)

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