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  1. Craft beer doesn't have to taste alcoholic. In...

    Craft beer doesn't have to taste alcoholic. In fact, any session ale should NOT be.

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    Ja, should be called the Crowded Mess......... :p

    Ja, should be called the Crowded Mess......... :p
  3. Thread: Mash ph

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    Don't drop below 5.0 and don't go above 6.0 and...

    Don't drop below 5.0 and don't go above 6.0 and MOST beers will be fine.

    THAT BEING SAID: we have high pH water and if we don't correct the hot liquor before mashing, we have found that some...
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    Instead of candi sugar, you can consider golden...

    Instead of candi sugar, you can consider golden syrup or granulated brown sugar or as Toxxyc said, make your own caramel syrup: just be careful, the darker the more bitter and a Belgian Golden Strong...
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    Castle Malting is good for European beers. I also...

    Castle Malting is good for European beers. I also rely heavily on Weyermanns malts.

    http://brewmart.co.za/blog/malt-substitution-chart/
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    https://www.rseonlineshop.co.za/products/ntc-tempr...

    https://www.rseonlineshop.co.za/products/ntc-tempreture-probe-10k

    You can also try Communica or RS Online.
  7. Thread: Distillation

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    after enough dop anything is possible :cheers:

    after enough dop anything is possible :cheers:
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    A simple copper coil immersion chiller will cost...

    A simple copper coil immersion chiller will cost under R750 bucks and shouldn't take more than an afternoon to build.
    A fermentation chamber using an old upright fridge and an STC1000, also less...
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    Was just at Water Plesier in Brits for something...

    Was just at Water Plesier in Brits for something else. They also stock.

    So any agricultural irrigation supply store in the WP area should have. Shock and horror, you might have to exit the...
  10. Thread: Distillation

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    TURN MEAT WITH FINGERS, LICK FINGERS, REPEAT...

    TURN MEAT WITH FINGERS, LICK FINGERS, REPEAT :thumbsdown:
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    I'm no microbiologist, but I've spoken to several...

    I'm no microbiologist, but I've spoken to several (Chris Rothmann, Megan Gemmel etc) to know that while there is deviation on strains, the large labs ALWAYS keep a master strain to revert to once...
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    well of course :p

    well of course :p
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    I'd use the Newlands water if I had an option.

    I'd use the Newlands water if I had an option.
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    That needs 30 days conditioning. Your mill is too...

    That needs 30 days conditioning. Your mill is too fine.

    Dropping your mash temps means more fermentables, less malt flavour, and less mouthfeel. And won't do much to your clarity. Don't deviate...
  15. Thread: Distillation

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    oh God no, we're not cave men Wynand :p

    oh God no, we're not cave men Wynand :p
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    Any of the available dry yeast brands are...

    Any of the available dry yeast brands are perfectly fine. Just check the sell by dates but having said that, we have used expired yeasts and just over-pitched for safety and have had no issues.
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    Some high gravity beers are frozen on purpose and...

    Some high gravity beers are frozen on purpose and the beer decanted from the water-ice.
    Same with some wines.
    Intensifies the flavour and increases ABV.
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    Irrigation Unlimited but Builders also stocks: ...

    Irrigation Unlimited but Builders also stocks:
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    I use nylon camlocks and reinforced tubing.

    I use nylon camlocks and reinforced tubing.
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    Diacetyl rest. Some lager brewers take their beer...

    Diacetyl rest. Some lager brewers take their beer up to 18 degrees for 24 hours then cold crash.
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    most modern chest freezers have an adjustable...

    most modern chest freezers have an adjustable thermostat and beer does not freeze at zero degrees due to the alcohol content

    If no thermostat, then yes, an STC1000 with the probe at the bottom of...
  22. Thread: Distillation

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    I get a decent flow on the water supply (using...

    I get a decent flow on the water supply (using the needle valve on the little inline pump but I could use the standalone needle valve), let's say around a 50% flow through the column (you can see the...
  23. Thread: Distillation

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    Aha. I use the GF2 controller. I set the initial...

    Aha. I use the GF2 controller. I set the initial temp to 80degC and let it get there on it own. I then manually step by 2 degrees until the foreshots start at around 84 degrees if I recall. Once the...
  24. Thread: Distillation

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    Went through the thread and I really need to ask...

    Went through the thread and I really need to ask why you guys : apart from the foreshots, why discard anything?

    Commercial distillers certainly don't. Nor do I.
  25. Thread: Distillation

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    Update on this: sorted out my process now I don't...

    Update on this: sorted out my process now I don't need to baby-sit.
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