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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Which beer?

My pressure barrel is nearly empty so it's time to start thinking about getting my next batch of beer underway (my fermentation bin should be free of cider by the weekend).

I have 3 kits in stock at the moment. IIRC these are a porter, a bitter, and a wheat beer. I think the last one will be best as a summer brew, so it's a choice of porter or bitter. My current one is a stout, so maybe I'll do the bitter next as it's likely to be more different. On the other hand, it might be good to do the porter first so I can compare it while the memory of the stout is reasonably fresh....

My pressure barrel has been acting up a bit. It's been better since I took the floatation hose out, but still isn't great. Of course, letting all the gas out while I removed the hose didn't help and now I'm below the tap level I'd expect the flow to be less smooth. Next time I think I'll leave the hose out in the first place and just wait the extra few days for it to clear. If that doesn't work, I'll get in touch with the brewing shop to ask for some advice.
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