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  • I wondering the if the water I use from tap at home is making my beer have a very distinctive taste. I live in a very hard water area. Any tips or ideas?
    March 23
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      Welcome, the water you use can have an effect on your beers you brew at home, it is the largest ingredient and can have different tastes to it depending on where you live. You can start adjusting the Ph of your water if you either test your water or get a water report from your local water authority but it can start to get more involved so can depend on how far you want to go.

      Some brews suit hard water more than others such as stouts and porters, but you can try a couple of simple steps to help with your water and see if it makes a noticeable difference in your brews. You can filter the water using a simple water filter, or some people leave the water to stand for 24 hours before using it in a vessel to allow added chemicals to evaporate. the first step may be to either try filtering or leaving to stand and see if that makes any difference perhaps. Some people have told us they buy bottles spring water from supermarkets to make their brews, but this will add to the cost and most brewers just use tap water
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  • On the Spirit side I am in the middle of the Air Still Method with Turbo Sugar/Turbo Carbon and PURE Turbo yeast, but the lady on the video on your site seems to use the WHOLE bag of yeast for 8 litres. Is it really necessary to use the whole lot. On the back it says good for 23 litres. Obviously, if I can save some I will.
    March 19
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      We're not sure on which video you saw but it may be possible they used a sachet from a Still Spirits Companion Pack - these are smaller and designed for the smaller batch. All the Turbo yeasts we stock are suitable for up to 23/25 litres, you can use them for smaller batches and could use less, but the yeast generally wont keep for very long once opened so it is often best to use it all. If you do try to keep the yeast then seal it up in an airtight container and keep it chilled in the fridge, it will last for a short period of time
  • Hi, I am new to beer making and like abroad, therefore have to bring all my Malt as Spray dried. I have seen many suggestions for a Spray dried malt with added Brewing sugar and Beer enhancer and hops. Please can someone give me a simplish recipe with Spray Malt and hops. I am happy to use Sugar and Enhancer as well but what proportions? All the recipes I haver read in DK Brewing suggest steeping grains as well. I am not up to that at the moment although willing to have ago.
    March 19
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      Hi Gratty, welcome, we have not really brewed using just spray dried malt, but if you can't use a liquid malt then spray dried is a good option, it often wont be hopped though like a liquid malt ingredient is. It depends on the batch size you are making, but if making a 40 pint batch then use around 2.5Kgs of spray dried malt, to that you could add water in a large pan and add the hops of your liking. Once cooled it can then be syphoned over in to your fermenting vessel and add the yeast.

      If possible then using grain and hops would be better, you can get various recipe packs and they are not too difficult to make, here is the recipe packs and they also have a link to a video guide under the main picture so you can see the process:

      https://www.home-brew-online.com/beer-kits-c1/crafty-fox-m85/all-grain-kit-t284

      You can also get them as a starter kit so you can see the equipment needed, further details are here:

      https://www.home-brew-online.com/starter-kits-c47/beer-lager-c50/brewing-from-grain-c214#t233:t40:t58:t224
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