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  1. #861

    Quote Originally Posted by RudiC View Post
    I'm busy doing some research to see what I should brew as a first real brew (previously only brewed extract). My research has sort of pointed me in the direction of an APA. So now I'm wondering if there are other options wrt yeast, from what I've got so far. My best and almost only option would be Safale US-05 because of the ideal ferment temp range of 18-28 and the fact that I don't have the facilities to ferment at any other temp than ambient temp in Pretoria.

    Then I also need you guys to take a wild guess if you don't mind lol. I'm trying to build a recipe op BrewersFriend website and it needs a Brewhouse Efficiency. I'll be doing this brew in a urn using BIAB. Would an efficiency of 60% with pretty much no experience be too high, or is it a safe place to start?

    Is it advisable to try a SMaSH for a first try to keep things really simple?

    Any suggestions and advice is gladly appreciated
    Skip 05 get a Kveik!! it's a machine and just doesn't care about anything. Best part it likes extreme abuse, High temps, under pitching and repitching, I mean what more do you want. get one pack and use it till you die.

  2. #862
    Quote Originally Posted by Jitters View Post
    Skip 05 get a Kveik!! it's a machine and just doesn't care about anything. Best part it likes extreme abuse, High temps, under pitching and repitching, I mean what more do you want. get one pack and use it till you die.
    +1

    Harvest during krausen, save trub or cultivate more, doesn't matter how, it just keeps going.

    I bought 1x LC Ragnarok and 1x LC Midbust in Jan and have made about 12 beers between them and still have plenty in the fridge.
    I make a nice starter and store them in 25ml vials for later use. they normally have about 5ml of yeast in them which is enough.
    I gave a mate of mine a vial which had about 3.5ml of Midbust in, and his pale ale took off like a rocket.
    1 teaspoon/5ml works like a charm. If you really want it to decimate your wort, make a starter first!

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  3. #863
    Sounds like Kveik is the way to go then, thanks guys.

    Now I have another silly noob question. When I have a recipe and it says for example 2 kg Caramalt and 250g Pils or whatever. Do I need to take a full kg of of the smaller quantities, or do the shops do the recipe and charge according to what they used? Or do you buy full kg's and build your own recipe? Feels like I've never made beer, everything is new to me now

  4. #864
    You have options. They do have pre packaged 1kg bags. Or you can ask them to mill you any quantity and bag it. What i mostly do is to send them the recipe and get it all in 1 bag. Milled and ready. But if you brew often buying bags of malt gives you freedom to brew what you want wen you want.

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  5. #865
    I've gotten malt from stores that only do a minimum of 1Kg increments. Check the online shop of the store closest to you and you can see how they sell them.

    For specialty malts I only get 1Kg of each since they last much longer, but buying 6Kg+ of Base malts(pale ale, pilsner, wheat, etc) ensures enough stock for brewing another batch(i do 15-21L batches) without having to order and pay/collect again.

  6. #866
    Perhaps easiest as it's your first all grain brew is to buy a premix grainbill from your local homebrew store (LHBS) and use their recommended hops and yeast along you'll get procedures for the recipe.

    E.g my LHBS is BeerGuevara in CPT have 15litre grainbill options and have a variety to choose from.
    https://beerguevara.com/product-category/premixes/

    For first timers don't get anything that needs lagering. APA is probably easiest.

    I like this one:
    https://beerguevara.com/take-it-easy-session-pale-ale/
    Last edited by AlexBrew; 16th October 2020 at 18:17. Reason: details added

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaBz0r View Post
    No I am just saying how do you validate how old they are when you buy less than 25kg? If you store it for 2 years, it is likely older than that already.
    most brewing shops have a very high turnover, I doubt age is an issue, but you can ask them for the batch label and they should be able to comply

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    Quote Originally Posted by RudiC View Post
    Sounds like Kveik is the way to go then, thanks guys.

    Now I have another silly noob question. When I have a recipe and it says for example 2 kg Caramalt and 250g Pils or whatever. Do I need to take a full kg of of the smaller quantities, or do the shops do the recipe and charge according to what they used? Or do you buy full kg's and build your own recipe? Feels like I've never made beer, everything is new to me now
    I don't recall seeing a LHBS that sells malt under 1KG ... so we usually buy the full KG... use what you need for the recipe and keep the rest for next time. Before I used to only have them mill what I need and then next time they mill what I bring them, but these days I let them mill the full KG as i will use it before it will get old.
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  9. #869
    Brewmart and National Foods used to back before the lockdown...
    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    I don't recall seeing a LHBS that sells malt under 1KG ... so we usually buy the full KG... use what you need for the recipe and keep the rest for next time. Before I used to only have them mill what I need and then next time they mill what I bring them, but these days I let them mill the full KG as i will use it before it will get old.
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  10. #870

    They still do- Brewmart at least. You can buy in 0.1kg increments.

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