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    Re: So I took the plunge

    I'd love to see the video, but it says I don't have permission to view it. Also, hope you like that Porter. I made it like I would enjoy it, if it were mine.
  2. Thread: Home distilled

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    Correct. That cheaper molasses, IMO, also contributes a WAY nicer flavour to the end product. You'll see. I also made one with store-bought molasses before but it's just not the same.
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    Do you buffer the pH? A sugar fermentation drops pH rapidly. I'm also in the same boat now. Got a wash that refuses to finish. I've added sodium bicarbonate (koeksode) twice now that lets it pick...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Yes, right now I'm planning it for the 1st of May - very shortly after payday. I want to keep it close to payday for everyone's sake. As jy belangstel Willem, stuur my 'n WhatsApp en ek sit jou op...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    First lesson - we use mostly barley, not wheat :P



    En daar is fout daarmee waarom? Kom kuier saam, ek maak worsbroodjies en stuff ook op die dag. Ek post gou die info vir die wag belangstel:...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Thanks for the kind words guys! My brew room/office is busy undergoing some changes and I hope to be more courteous to customers very soon. When you come pick up your kit I'll have a glass or two...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Bump... :D
  8. Thread: Prague Powder

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    Re: Prague Powder

    I usually just cure using sea salt, black pepper, brown sugar (for colour and flavour) and a few whole cloves. I then smoke in the Weber after a small braai, using a few hickory wood chips with the...
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    That's pretty... I think that's my next stuff to get as well. A sight glass section, with a bubbler plate below a reflux section.
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    By my maths it's still cheaper to pay R250 for 500g then.

    Also, Ketelkraal's service is...interesting. If you don't go out to them, you can forget getting replies. I asked them about stuff...
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    Sir, either take Benson up on his offer, or buy some. You are also looking for 2" copper ferrules, if I'm not mistaken? I bought mine from YeahBrew here in Pretoria. They have both mesh and...
  12. Re: Ordered license disc, got letter fron SANRAL for E-toll fees.

    Many insurance companies have already ruled when this eToll crap started that an expired disc will not void the claim. Like Touareg said, just check with them.
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    Re: Home distilled

    So the guy asked me how low to mount the element, and I said "very low". If I want to do a small batch, I want to be able to without (like you mention) having to fill up the whole thing.
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    Buy some more rum... Mate you haven't bought a drop from me yet :P That sample was free.

    But yes, rum's on the cards. Sooner rather than later. Hopefully by next weekend I'll have a bit to...
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    Yeah I bought a 2" ferrule to weld in for the element, but then the guy who did the welding said he'll give me a 1.25" geyser ferrule instead, so I had a spare. Decided to then just weld the correct...
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    OK, so some progress has been made. Storytime!

    It all started with a pressure cooker still I built when I had a batch of beer turn out "iffy" and I felt sorry to just dump it. The pressure...
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    Re: Do you know this Triton?

    Haha sorry man, jy is op die lys die load shedding werk net nie lekker saam met my brew times nie. Bietjie van 'n pyn om eerlik te wees. Ek sal hopelik vandag joune maak.
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    Re: Do you know this Triton?

    Lekker man. So jy kom jou volgende fresh wort kit kry met hom?
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    I've got plenty of bags and stuff I can use, so that's not a worry.

    If you want to keep the bag off the bottom - a teapot stand works well. I use them in my urns to keep my grain bags from...
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    Re: OOSTFIN Vehicle Finance Solutions

    OK so I might have posted here before but I can't be sure. I'm not sleeping much (4 week old baby in the house).

    Anyway, Petri, thanks a million. Thanks to you, I've managed to keep the car I...
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    OK, gin, hold up, pause, reverse, stop, woah.

    I never knew that you have to distill the botanicals WITH the gin? I was under the impression that you just infuse the botanicals in the gin, like...
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    I'd say he's running to deep into tails. Make cuts sooner (don't toss the leftover tails, pour into feints jar), and that should solve the cloudy issue.
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Ons kraanwater is actually glad nie sleg nie. Ek het so rukkie terug 'n dokument gekry met die water profile and dit werk lekker vir brewing. Ek gebruik kraanwater. Ek het al RO water gebruik as...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Ek is besig om die garage heeltemal om te gooi vir brewing en werk. As ek klaar is wil ek kursusse aanbied soos voorheen genoem en dit sal seker daar binne wees, met my "setup". Dit klink baie...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    Helps quite a bit to have the whole process almost automated by now. Takes a few minutes of my time every half hour or so, and that's about it. If I spend a total of one hour to make 2 batches (4...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    OK so currently I produce based on orders. I brew every second working day, as those are the days I'm working from home. It makes it easy to brew, since I'm brewing in my office (converted double...
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    Yep. I have to add it's a 10l pot, to the MAX, so when I fill it with something like 7l of all grain mash, it foams up too much and then pukes. So I overcame that (replacing the still now) by...
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    I don't give a crap about ABV or temperatures. I go on flavour alone.

    EDIT: I have to add that I always have a thermometer running on my still. I know what my still does at what temperatures by...
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    Re: So I took the plunge

    The bubbling can be REALLY therapeutic. I work next to my fermentation fridge, and hearing the steady plop-plop of the airlock is soothing to me.
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    It's not mine guys, I have no idea how he did it...
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    Re: Home distilled

    The larger diameter (fixed to the lid) carries vapour out, to the condenser, while the smaller diameter inside it carries the fluid in, from the lyne arm.
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    I found one like that many years ago while gardening. He looked a bit sluggish and I tried to keep him alive but he died shortly after. I think I might have hit him with some gardening tools or...
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    Yeah I thought the same. I'd love that, but budget for now. Trying to sell my pressure cooker still to fund a bit of this, but it's going slow.
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    OK so I picked up some parts to day. Went with a 3/4" nipple and 3-piece ball valve instead. Price was like R30 more and it's WAAAAAY nicer than 1/2".

    I also got a 2" ferrule for the element,...
  35. Thread: Bierbrood

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    Re: Bierbrood

    Ek het al bierbrood gemaak met bier, asook bier gis, op die "tradisionele" manier. Ek het gewone broodmeel gebruik, in plaas van self-raising flour, saam met klein bietjie sout, en dit was dit. Die...
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