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  1. [Steve]

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    Hi,

    I've just signed up as wanted a decent calculator, but am looking forward to becoming part of the forums and also logging my recipes and finding new ideas!

    I'm Steve, I'm 37 (for another 6 weeks) and I live in a village in Derbyshire in the UK.

    I recently moved house, which has enabled me to be able to move from kits to Extract.

    My first Extract brew was on 2 July 2017. Made a couple of small errors (main one being whilst steeping the grain temp crept just above 80C for a few mins until I spotted it an dropped it down again!)

    I've done several kits at the old house, but the FV always ended up on an exercise mat, on the tiled floor in a draughty kitchen - not great for temp control - suffice to say, 75% of all brews turned out pretty horribly!

    Now in the new house, I was kindly donated an old fridge, invested in an STC-100 and brought my old brew belt out of retirement. I now have a fully functional brew fridge at the back of the garage :D

    My first Extract brew (listed as my only recipe at the moment) was almost a carbon copy of a friends IPA recipe - I thought I had better copy one that was proven to taste nice, so that know if it's a success or not!

    I did the boil on 2 July 2017, - boiled 6 litres of water and put in the FV to cool, boiled another 6 litres for the actual boil, immersion cooled (made my own cooler from 10mm copper pipe and hose pipe), poured (through a sterylized muslin square - slowly) into my 15 litre FV. Topped up with some more boiled/cooled water. ended up with just short of 12 litres (1.5kg of light DME and 250g Crystal crushed grain steeped). Into the brew fridge at 19.5C for 9 days. Dry hopped after 7 days. increased the temperature last night (day 9) to 22C for the diacetly rest. Will leave at 22C for 4 days. At the weekend will squeeze and remove hops and then reduce the temperature to 2-3C for a further 4 days.

    After the time has lapsed I'll rack into a pressure barrel, then I'll connect my bottling wand to the PB tab and bottle from there. I have a bag of Coopers carbonation drops for use this time, but will probably add sugar to the PB prior to racking onto it next time.

    Also think I'll attempt a larger volume next time too... trying to find out the maximum DME/Water Volume ratio I can work with.. would like to do an 18 litre batch - boil 2 x 6litres and leave to cool in a 23 litre FV, then use 6 litres for my final boil, but this would take around 2.25kg of DME - need to figure out if it's possible in just 6 litres of water....

    Anyway, that's a bit (lot) about me.

    Looking forward to joining in!

    Thanks,

    Steve.
     
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    Welcome Steve. Enjoy your stay.
     
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    Congrats on the temp controlled chamber.steve makes you fell better leaving your Fermentation in safe hands when you go to work;)

    Welcome.
     
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    welcome to the site and good luck
     
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    My "brewery" is a closet under our stairs LOL. Welcome.
     
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    Welcome Steve, and amen for temperature control, I love my lagers, I have one glass door refer, and I'm purchasing another one and a chest freezer, one of the refers will be 48° fermentation chamber, the other will be 32° cold crash chamber/lager chamber,

    The chest freezer will be converted into a Keezer, I should be able to handle 18 to 20 corny kegs in total.

    Wish you the best of luck brewing, I'm a pilsner fan so feel free to ask questions if you have any about pilsner, ill try to help you out.
     
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