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Kit Brewing / Re: Bit of advice on why my batch failed
« Last post by Davmcgoo on Today at 12:11:45 PM »
Thanks Raxy. Batch priming is something I'm not familiar with so I'll look into that.

Not picky on what kind of beer I make. Cheers for the recommendations. Currently browsing the homebrew centre website.
Kit Brewing / Re: Bit of advice on why my batch failed
« Last post by Raxy on Today at 12:01:07 PM »
I never liked the carb drops. I moved to batch priming using a 2nd bottling bucket.
It's hard to recommend kits without knowing what type of beer your after. I've made a few different kits, craft range IPA kits are very nice (there's 2 different versions & both 'were good). I made the craft range larger but didn't like it at all.
I also had good results with muntons wheat using wheat dme instead of sugar. Woodfords wherry is a very good kit. There are also a lot of recommendations for festivals razorback ipa but I've never made that kit myself.

Kit Brewing / Re: Bit of advice on why my batch failed
« Last post by Davmcgoo on Today at 11:52:47 AM »
Thanks Dempsey. Have everything clean ready to go for another go at it, must get a steriliser.

Recommended temp for the coopers lager was 21-27, had it at 26 but didn't seem to turn out right.
Kit Brewing / Re: Bit of advice on why my batch failed
« Last post by DEMPSEY on Today at 11:49:47 AM »
Start with making everything physically clean so when you want to brew you then only need to sterilise all things that touch the wort. Kit yeast is designed for warmer temperature so read what the recommended temperature is for the yeast.
Kit Brewing / Bit of advice on why my batch failed
« Last post by Davmcgoo on Today at 11:43:19 AM »
Hey everyone,

New to the forum and very new to homebrewing. I took the plunge and bought a coopers starter kit along with a coopers lager. Didn't work out so well. I think my main problem was that I made it last June and the weather was quite warm so the temperature sat at about 26C which I have now learned might be too high for lager. Beer was weak, not even 3% and taste was not great. Beer was also flat. I purchased a beer belt too but didn't need it.

Looking to do a second attempt now and just want something simple that will give me drinkable beer. Anyone have recommendations for an easy kit?

So my next step is
- sterilise everything (will hot soapy water do or should I buy a specific cleaner?)
- buy a new beer kit along with more carbonation drops
- mix and pray

Any advice on what to buy/correct temperature/cleaning methods etc would be much appreciated.

Introductions / New member - Naas
« Last post by Davmcgoo on Today at 11:21:03 AM »
Hey everyone,

Thanks for being added to the forum. Extremely new to home brewing, only done one brew kit so far but hoping to learn a lot on here. Already read the beginners guide for how to kit brew and picked up a few tips.
Hops Board / Re: What Hop Varieties Grow well In Ireland??
« Last post by Shanna on Today at 12:04:34 AM »
Had great results with EKG and tettnang, poor results with fuggles. The tettnang I grew near an compost heap produced cones in the first year all others in the 2nd year. Green fly are a challenge as they attack and can kill the tip of the bines. One has to be prepared to check the plants every day and spray for them.

Had to dig up the tettnang eventually as the roots had started to move in to the garden. Am in South Dublin about 3km from the coast.

Education, Careers & Opportunities / Re: Sensory Session Refresher...
« Last post by Padraic on January 18, 2019, 02:54:41 PM »
Interested definitely, not 100% sure of availability just yet..

I mean who wouldn’t be interested?
Competitions / Re: Cider/Mead Organiser 2019
« Last post by mick02 on January 18, 2019, 12:43:41 PM »
Yes please!
OK, sorry out the details of the comp (dates etc) and key me know and I'll fire up the competition site
Competitions / Re: Cider/Mead Organiser 2019
« Last post by Beechlawn Brewing on January 18, 2019, 12:40:58 PM »
Yes please!

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