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Lord Gruntfuttock last won the day on November 18 2020

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    Driving the wife mad by buying projects and tinkering in the shed at 5am...


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  1. Yep. Had a 745 last night. Get 3 nice beer glass pours out of it. Can completely empty without sludge falling into glass if you pour gently enough. No biggy if some goes in, won't affect taste, just looks grungy. Wouldn't drink out of the bottle though...
  2. The other fridge sadly didn't cool (coil holed where someone had enthusiastically de-iced it), so I pulled the gubbins out and gave it a quick sand and paint job... Nice vintage mint colour, I rate these spray bomb primer/paints, so easy... Squeezed it into the garage... And it's running an Ali STC-1000 controller, works well... This will be a bottle conditioning fridge and should work well enough over winter.. Will free up the other one for fermenting... Whacked some labels on while I was shifting botts over. A Barry forum told me to use milk as an adhesive, works bl
  3. Bottled first brew and it's conditioning while I impatiently wait to try it. My cheap bottling wand was a ballache, took 2 1/2 minutes each bottle, which sucked, but got there. The bottle tree was a great investment... And made some ply shelves for both fridges, varnished them as there is no treated 12mm ply available apparently... After a few days the plastic PET bottles had pressurised and sediment settled so looks promising... And after 7 days I cracked one as a quality control exercise. Way too early but keen to see if it was shit... It wasn't too bad. This was a
  4. Yeah have seen the temp probe taped to the fermenter while Barrying about on brew forums, looks a simple improvement, cheers. I had the week off and it was a good chance to tidy the shed up a bit, plus I like to have places for stuff. Just chilled by running the hose through the immersion chiller, pretty rapidly cooled things down, but I'll do it a bit longer next time. Don't know how sustainable that method'll be given we're on tank water though. Might look at an ice-bath/pump setup, or using the fire tank water that never gets used. Regards clarity, I chucked half a whirfloc tablet in
  5. Just hopstand additions for this brew, been looking at some hazys with dry hopping, but since it's been cold lately I'll prob do a stout next, seems more appropriate... Also had to use a shorter 3-piece air lock as the s-shaped ones were too tall. And yeah the rack groans a bit with the load on. A support is on the cards...
  6. Also did some building, turned this... into this... Has different levels to help with sparging, siphoning etc. Bit of a gamble design-wise before I've actually done anything, but should work out ok. Cleared out a corner of the garage to put it in... And put down a brew last week. Simple all-grain APA, with NZ hops... And malt pipe lifted for sparging... Into the fermenting bucket. Hygiene is everything so fastidious cleaning and sterilisation as you go... Original gravity came out around 1.058, pretty good sugar levels... And into the brew fridge. No airlock
  7. So I bought a Brewzilla all-grain brewing device recently, and while I was waiting for it to arrive I started gearing up my mini-brewery. I grabbed a rusty old fridge at the dump for $20 cos I liked the styling. I was only intending to use it as an insulated box with a small heating element, but when I wired it up it ran beautifully, so I have heating and cooling available... The interior door was buggered. I thought of replacing it with a flat sheet of plastic but the shelves would be useful for bottle conditioning, so looked at patching it up to re-use... Just laid fibreglass tape
  8. Got Sykes written on it. Picking it's one of these. Now it's sort of obvious, but was scratching my head...
  9. No prob. Makes sense being left in a door, was wondering if it was a dolly type thing. PM your address and I'll send it...
  10. Ebay screenshot. Could prob get cheaper ones somewhere but I was in a hurry and these looked like they'd work... [Edit] price was for 4 of them...
  11. Yep was going to say same thing. I made a grease nipple adapter that screws into bleed screw hole. Few pumps on grease gun should shift things. Just make sure you're not compressing a bubble of air with it...
  12. Shifted the car so could work on driver's side, same deal, spent ages scraping all the old tape and mastic off... And found this in rear door, no idea what it is, prob been there for decades... Pulled grubby gubbins out of both doors, and cleaned up lots of grime with solvent and a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner... But the latch mech was very worn on the drivers door... Looked at welding up and cutting out new slot, but a little research found these... So ordered. Have also received my non-setting mastic/butyl and my shiny new handles... Plus the rubber boot
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