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  • Andyj
    Going back to my younger days I liked Lorimer & Clark 70 and 80 shillings and Cameron’s strong arm Does any one know any kits which produce a similar brew??
    Also best kit to get close to Guinness .

    Thanks Andy J
    September 13
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Hi Andy J, there is a selection of darker and ruby beers and some good options with more info on each are here, hopefully you will like the look of some of them:

      https://www.home-brew-online.com/beer-kits-c1/dark-and-ruby-ales-t174

      These are the ingredients currently in stock that have been compared similar to Guinness by other brewers:

      https://www.home-brew-online.com/beer-kits-c1/guinness-t60#m15:m2:m7:m32
  • SimonHomeBrew
    well my first batch is now bottled it took a lot longer than i thought, about two hours to sterilise and bottle, apart from a couple of school boy errors like the little bottler falling off luckily the spillage went into a bucket which was catching the drips. i also forgot to add priming sugar into one of the bottles until id filled it the result was that it over flowed.

    i must admit i gave up trying to read the hydrometer and just bottled after 10 days. it smelt good lets just hope the taste is going to be good.
    September 12
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Great news you have it bottled, after a few weeks in there it will be ready to try, keep it around 20 degrees C for a week and this will help the priming sugar to dissolve and create the carbonation
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  • SimonHomeBrew
    so ive just started my first ever homebrew its been 24 hours now but i dont see any bubbles in the smart air lock, but if i slightly press the lid on the vessel bubbles then appear is that normal.

    im using the starter kit and i think its complete but i dont seem to have a red adapter to plug into the back of the nut. or is the sediment trap now incorporated into the little bottler device
    August 27
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Hi SimonHomeBrew, this is quite common for airlocks not to bubble and its nothing to worry about, but we have a guide here with more info if of any interest:

      https://homebrewonline.vanillacommunity.com/discussion/903/airlock-not-bubbling#latest

      Depending on the tap in the kit, the ones we stock now with the bottling stick have a sentient trap built into the backnut, and the flow is nice and steady so it wont disturb the settled sediment
  • Andyj
    Good morning

    A beginner needing advise again, First two brews Wherry and Admirals reserve absolutely
    brilliant couldn't have wished for any better. just on with Coopers original larger with enhancer. my problem is after 2 days it has not shown signs of fermentation, no bubbles in air lock or foaming, yeast went in at 26 degrees and it has stayed at 26 to 28 degrees. The sg was 1.040 and after 2 days is at 1.012 will check again in the morning to see if it has changed but this doesn't seem right. any suggestions

    Andy j
    August 21
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Hi Andyj, you will find the fermentation can really vary, yeast can behave in very different ways, and then the factors such as temperature can also have an effect. You have done the right thing by taking hydrometer readings though - this is the only true way to know. 1.012 is just about as low as it will probably go, perhaps a few points lower, so leave it a couple of days and make sure the reading is as low as it will go, it can then be bottled once constant.

      26 to 28 is quite warm, if possible try to brew a few degrees cooler, often around 20 degrees C or so - it will take little longer but allows a more gentle ferment
    • Andyj
      Andyj
      Thank you bottled this morning and a golden stag summer ale now on the go
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Excellent news, the Festival range are always popular too
  • SimonHomeBrew
    just wondering as im a complete novice i have just bought the starter kit and 40 bottles. if i sanitise the bottles and the fermenting tub at the same time is that ok, or is it best to sanitise the bottles after primary fermentation is complete. also could i store the sanitiser in a clean container and use it again.
    August 23
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Hi SimonHomeBrew, it is usually best to sanitise your equipment or bottles just before use, this just ensures they are definitely clean and have no contamination when you use them. If you clean a few days before use, they could potentially become contaminated, so it is a wise precaution to clean as and when you want to use things - there is nothing worse then a brew getting contaminated so take all precautions.

      Some cleaners can be left in a bucket between uses, but most such as BrewSafe are best mixed and sued as and when needed, as they will lose their effectiveness
  • Steviekew123
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  • Laurie123


    This was the AIPA. Not too bad.
    July 28
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      If that tastes as good as it looks, great work! It looks a good colour and the head is good even when half way down the glass, perfect pint in the garden
  • Laurie123
    Hi Thanks for the add. I homebrewed a long time ago. My son bought me a home brew kit for Father’s Day which rekindled my interest. Although I had to buy all the equipment again. I have brewed a MYO American pale. Which turned out ok. I have a spiced apple cider on primary fermentation. Which I hope to bottle this weekend.
    July 25
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Welcome Laurie123, good to hear you are back brewing, we hope the bottling of the cider went well, cider is always popular this time of year, hopefully there will be some decent sunshine to enjoy it in
    • Laurie123
      Laurie123
      Thanks. 🍺🍺
  • Andyj
    Good afternoon
    Have been looking to see if i have had any advise regarding my question on 17th July
    but nothing. i noticed i am still an applicant and not a member, is there something else i need to do.

    Andy J
    July 23
    • HBO_Staff
      HBO_Staff
      Hi Andy, welcome and apologies for the delay, we have been short staffed due to holidays etc, usually we reply much faster so we are sorry about that, you are now a full member. With regard to your question, the hop extract is adding flavour, and it does not need time to ferment in the brew, so don't worry as the added hop extract will add the flavour intended to the finished brew. If you were using actual hops then the amount of time in the brew, and when they are added - can really make a difference to the brew, but as it is extract this just adds a set amount of flavour. The Admirals is a popular one from that range, let us know what you think to it, Cheers
  • Andyj
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    July 27

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