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Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:48 pm

dwayne wrote:Ha, so they're not serving Guinness
Heard that this morning. No diageo products, too pricey.

No harm really.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:18 pm

Fred__Elliott wrote:3.50 for a goose island!!

Crazy
Wonder how long that'll last for.

Wetherspoons is a weird place though. You'll be in one that's housed in a beautiful building, you'll have good friends with you, they'll have a good ale on draught for fuck all, but ultimately you're not having a good time for some utterly unfathomable reason.

Can only bring overall prices down though.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:33 pm

I've never been to a Wetherspoons, but they strike me as Paddy Powers shops with booze instead of gambling. Grim
Get the eggs, get the flan in the face, the flan in the face, flan in the face, dance you fucker, dance you fucker, don't you dare, don't you dare, don't you, flan in the face

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:42 pm

the last one i was in was in windsor and it was pretty nice and the food wasnt disgusting

depends on the area too i guess

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm

I've been in some pretty nice ones in London but what voidoid says pretty much holds true.

The one in Swansea when I was there was the biggest kip ever.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm

Last time I was in one was beside the train station in Bristol at a stag. It was grand for cheap middle of the day drinking and cheap junky food. We moved on to better places in the evening.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:30 pm

never_green wrote:that menu is great

i've been drinking plenty of that dogfish head DNA recently, lovely stuff
There's a decent documentary series on Netflix about them.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:38 pm

voidoid wrote: Wetherspoons is a weird place though. You'll be in one that's housed in a beautiful building, you'll have good friends with you, they'll have a good ale on draught for fuck all, but ultimately you're not having a good time for some utterly unfathomable reason.
That's it exactly. There's just something weird in the air there.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:40 pm

An undercurrent of impending doom

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:33 pm

Just remembered their no music policy, that's definitely a big factor.
No music and the doom.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:57 pm

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Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:41 pm

Guys who used that father's day beer kit. Did you filter tap water, buy bottled, or just use the chlorinated tap water?

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Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:12 pm

If your water tastes decent I'd just go with that. If your water is heavily chlorinated you can pour it all the day before, leave it to sit and the chlorine should evaporate. Or so I've read anyway, not tried it. If you're water is ok but not great maybe go half and half with shop water. If you have a water filter then use that. Like I say if its drinkable water you'll be grand.

Where are you going to ferment it? I bought a big wide bucket kind of thing yesterday to make a swamp cooler like this

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Keeping the temp within range is the most important thing to getting a good beer.

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Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:11 am

There are also tablets called "campden tablets" that you can add to heavily chlorinated water that will neutralise it. I've not tried it myself but then the tap water here is fine. I usually just use tap water and never really have a problem. I'll invest in a boiler soon and that will let me boil up the water I intend to use and that should get rid of most of the nasty's from tap water.

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Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:30 am

Water here isn't over chlorinated really, by design tho all tap water has residual chlorine in it. The small bit of knowledge I have about microbiology and how much I know about water treatment has me over thinking and under acting.

Real issue is that the kit is in my mate's house

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Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:01 pm

Rev wrote:There are also tablets called "campden tablets" that you can add to heavily chlorinated water that will neutralise it. I've not tried it myself but then the tap water here is fine. I usually just use tap water and never really have a problem. I'll invest in a boiler soon and that will let me boil up the water I intend to use and that should get rid of most of the nasty's from tap water.
I've campden tablets but unless the water is really chlorinated I don't think its going to make much difference on a kit beer.

Homebrew West are doing a boiler + stainless steel immersion chiller for €100 at the moment. Pretty good deal if you want to do extract.

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Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:03 pm

fuck eucrid, do i need all that shit to make my stout?

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Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:18 pm

No you don't. That kit had pretty much everything you need. You just add water to the extract, then add some yeast and let it ferment. Just keep the fermentation temp within the advised limits and you'll have beer. The stuff I posted there is if you want to do boils with extract and add the hops and all. It'd be like the next step from what you're doing.

I did my first all grain today. Everything seemed to go ok. Have it sitting in a water bath under the stairs now. Hopefully all will go well.

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Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:20 pm

Actually did those kits come with sugar for bottling? You might need some dextrose/corn sugar to add carbonation when you bottle.

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