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Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:48 pm
by i_ate_cats
dwayne wrote:Ha, so they're not serving Guinness
Heard that this morning. No diageo products, too pricey.

No harm really.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:18 pm
by voidoid
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:33 pm
by Casino
I've never been to a Wetherspoons, but they strike me as Paddy Powers shops with booze instead of gambling. Grim

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:42 pm
by mojo
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

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm
by Eucrid
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm
by Rev
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:30 pm
by enemies/friends
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:38 pm
by Eriatarka
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:40 pm
by enemies/friends
An undercurrent of impending doom

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:33 pm
by Eriatarka
Just remembered their no music policy, that's definitely a big factor.
No music and the doom.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:57 pm
by blitzen
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Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:21 pm
by Eucrid

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:41 pm
by voidoid
Guys who used that father's day beer kit. Did you filter tap water, buy bottled, or just use the chlorinated tap water?

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:12 pm
by Eucrid
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:11 am
by Rev
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:30 am
by voidoid
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

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:01 pm
by Eucrid
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:03 pm
by wretch
fuck eucrid, do i need all that shit to make my stout?

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:18 pm
by Eucrid
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.

Re: The Nice Beer Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:20 pm
by Eucrid
Actually did those kits come with sugar for bottling? You might need some dextrose/corn sugar to add carbonation when you bottle.