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    Default 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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    You maybe need to tell us based on current requests, that is what you can produce? And leave it up us to buy in,? I was at brewcraft, today, damn you want to go ballistic, but some of your old customers want the simple way? Like me.

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    Just picked up my blond today, will do the sanitizing of EVERYBLOODYTHING tomorrow and start the fermentation in my 25L bucket. 2 - 3 weeks will do I hope.

    Gots me a bottle filler wand tap thingy from brewmart that will hopefully make the bottling process less of a mess and more of a joy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Just picked up my blond today, will do the sanitizing of EVERYBLOODYTHING tomorrow and start the fermentation in my 25L bucket. 2 - 3 weeks will do I hope.

    Gots me a bottle filler wand tap thingy from brewmart that will hopefully make the bottling process less of a mess and more of a joy.
    Same here even stepping up, got some glass bottles, a capping thing, what can go wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caesarcp View Post
    Same here even stepping up, got some glass bottles, a capping thing, what can go wrong?
    I bottled my last batch of pale ale in 750ml SAB beer bottles, with a hand capper and it worked very nice, but because the tap on my bucket was close to the same size as the beer bottle opening it was a bit of a mess with more spillage than I would have liked.

    Still the ales came out very lekker and not too much fizz, but just enough to keep it interesting. I was a bit too conservative when I added the sugar though.

    But ja each time, I learn something new and improve my technique.

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    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 garage).

    I can do 4 kits per day that way, comfortably, and 6 if I push a little bit. On top of that I can brew over weekends as well, so making the kits isn't the biggest issue, it's getting the orders. Currently they're coming in really spotty, making it hard to plan. As an example, I need to make an Irish Red for a guy and I simply can't get around to it, because my brew days are constantly being taken up last minute, meaning the IRA stands over.

    I'm brewing that IRA on Monday though, absolutely latest. I simply can't wait any longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    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 garage).

    I can do 4 kits per day that way, comfortably, and 6 if I push a little bit. On top of that I can brew over weekends as well, so making the kits isn't the biggest issue, it's getting the orders. Currently they're coming in really spotty, making it hard to plan. As an example, I need to make an Irish Red for a guy and I simply can't get around to it, because my brew days are constantly being taken up last minute, meaning the IRA stands over.

    I'm brewing that IRA on Monday though, absolutely latest. I simply can't wait any longer.


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    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 kits) like that, it's a lot. So some people take smoke breaks, I take brew breaks.

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    Some say I had 40 x 400ml blondes 2 weeks back ... . some say now only 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    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 kits) like that, it's a lot. So some people take smoke breaks, I take brew breaks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Some say I had 40 x 400ml blondes 2 weeks back ... . some say now only 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Ek sal laaik om eendag jou brewing setup te koekeloer
    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 fancy, maar dis letterlik BIAB in 'n groot urn.

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    Gebruik jy gefilterde water of net sommer kraan water?


    Hoe werk die sterilisasie van daai "cube" wat jy verkoop?





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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Gebruik jy gefilterde water of net sommer kraan water?


    Hoe werk die sterilisasie van daai "cube" wat jy verkoop?





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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Gebruik jy gefilterde water of net sommer kraan water?


    Hoe werk die sterilisasie van daai "cube" wat jy verkoop?





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    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 die water in die kraan nie lekker lyk nie (soos wanneer hulle aan die pype werk), maar ek get al gevind die bier maak moeiliker, en dit proe maar dieselfde. Ek dink dis 'n pH issue.

    In verband met die sterilisasie - lees op oor "no chill" cubes. Dis presies my metode. Die cube for gesteriliseer terwyl hy volgetap word, omdat die vloeistof kokend warm is. Dan word hy geseel en hy kan vir laaaaank staan voor hy afgaan.

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    Moes eintlik gister al gebottel het want dis presies 14 dae, maar nouja life happens en ek was nie lus na werk om dit te doen nie.

    Vanoggend my bottling wand uitgetoets nadat ek MY GAT AF skoongemaak het aan als. Maar ja die wand werk goed, maar hy loop baie stadig en geduld is nie my sterkpunt nie - geen spillage nie (wel amper geen)

    20 bottels gekry en dieslag hopelik genoeg priming sugar ingegooi.

    Jis nou moet ek al weer wag...
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    Speaking of bumps

    Partook of the Blond Ale today and it is very VERY nice ! Somwhat fruity undertone I detect. I like it, a lot !
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    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 on hand and you can come taste some of the stuff I'm making as well. I'm also going to be hosting a basic brewing course very soon if you'd like to take a look behind the scenes, or learn how to do it yourself at home!

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    Hmm. Now that will be cool ! I wont mind learning some new skills, since I have been a user (or is it abuser?) of the wheat smoothies for a long long time
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