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I've been thinking about some of the beer kit that I no longer use (gout :twisted: ) so I dug the old SS fermenter out of the shed yesterday while doing that spirit run and set it up in the garage.
It's a 50liter (if I remember correctly) SS insulated Thermo pot, used for keeping food hot, I got it from Germany many years back. Now the weather is a lot warmer I thought it should work out well sat in the garage. I'd fitted a bottom drain in it so great to put the boiler under the tap and fill, no carrying 25litre buckets about. :lol:

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Just make sure your table is strong enough to take the weight Ice.
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Well, she's up and running, got around to starting a 45-litre TPW, this is the largest wash I've ever done, I've always stuck with 25-litre buckets I'm getting a bit past it these days to throw them about.

With a bottom drain on it, I'll be able to run 25 litres straight into the boiler for a strip run. Then follow up on the morrow with what's left....then start all over again...and the SWMBO says she's hard done to with all the housework... :lol: :lol: :lol: .

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I am still able to galumph a 25 litre vessel, and not looking forward to the day that I need to pump the liquids.
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Icefever wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:16 pm
Well, she's up and running, got around to starting a 45-litre TPW, this is the largest wash I've ever done, I've always stuck with 25-litre buckets I'm getting a bit past it these days to throw them about.

With a bottom drain on it, I'll be able to run 25 litres straight into the boiler for a strip run. Then follow up on the morrow with what's left....then start all over again...and the SWMBO says she's hard done to with all the housework... :lol: :lol: :lol: .

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I was in the garage on Sunday running a spirit run on the banana wine that I stripped the week before, and this bloody TPW is still bubbling away like a fecking train. I wasn't sure how long it had been ferming? but I knew it was a long time, I'd not made a note of the start date. Then I remembered I'd made a post about using the SS fermenter and this was the first wash, just sorted it out and it was June 13th... :o :o

FFS how much longer will it take to finish???? that's 5 weeks :o :( I checked the hydro and it's way way down near 1.000, I need the fermenter to start a Kale wash....I have noticed that the TPW's that I've made do take their time.

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I find kale runs slower than TPW, hope it's quicker for you.

I ferment 75 litre batches in a 100 litre drum, and I've taken to reusing the trub etc which speeds up the subsequent washes.

I do TFFV onto TPW onto Kale with standard recipes, then 2 sugar washes with no nutrients or yeast other than what is left in the barrel quite succesfully.
Then I clean the barrel and start again.
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Agree there.

But if you wanna see the TPW Nitro Express, add half the sugar day 2. Brilliant bone dry, sweet and done in 10. πŸ‘πŸ‘
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I know that I mentioned slow rhubarb wine ferment starts last year.
This years was epic.
!5 days lag time with the yeast!
Currently lacking limus paper or a reliable ph tester, and having tap water around 7.1, I gambled and threw in 10 dessert spoons of Sodium Bicarbonate.
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Mash wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:32 pm
Agree there.

But if you wanna see the TPW Nitro Express, add half the sugar day 2. Brilliant bone dry, sweet and done in 10. πŸ‘πŸ‘
Yes, I realised that I started my first ever Mead ferment with all the honey, and although it is working well, I susprct it would have been faster if I had added honey in two stages.
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DorsetScott wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:13 pm
I find kale runs slower than TPW, hope it's quicker for you.

I ferment 75 litre batches in a 100 litre drum, and I've taken to reusing the trub etc which speeds up the subsequent washes.

I do TFFV onto TPW onto Kale with standard recipes, then 2 sugar washes with no nutrients or yeast other than what is left in the barrel quite succesfully.
Then I clean the barrel and start again.
I want to try the yeast you sent, I was hoping that the TPW would have finished by last week, but no way, checked the hydro yesterday and it's just below 1.000. Where the feck it'll end is anyone's guess?....I'm thinking of dropping it into a couple of 25lt buckets until it's finished just so I can start the Kale wash.

I've reused trub a couple of times over the years, I should try it again, seems to work well enough.

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Can't you just run it? Close enough!
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Easydrinker wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:03 am

Yes, I realised that I started my first ever Mead ferment with all the honey, and although it is working well, I susprct it would have been faster if I had added honey in two stages.
Live and learn eh?

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Mash wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:49 am
Can't you just run it? Close enough!
That's what I was thinking also, I would like it to clear a bit thou, :roll:


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Mash wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:53 am
Easydrinker wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:03 am

Yes, I realised that I started my first ever Mead ferment with all the honey, and although it is working well, I susprct it would have been faster if I had added honey in two stages.
Live and learn eh?

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Honey is not like sugar. It REALLY benefits from being added to the a strong fermentation in stages... Else it can take properly ages.

Phantom can help tremendously on this subject.
As plain sugar also benefits from staged additions for high sugar ferments, it was a simple conclussion to reach, aiming for a 14% dry mead.
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This "Longest wash ever"...I separated the main wash into 2x 25lt buckets in the middle of last week. The one bucket cleared well and I stripped it on Thur, that's what I'm running a spirit run on at the mo....the other bucket is still bubbling away.

In the words of Victor..."I don't bloody believe it" and there's still a cap on the bugger....the hydro is sat at 990.
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It's good to go.

Is it really that green?
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Mash wrote: ↑
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It's good to go.

Is it really that green?
:lol: :lol: No mate, it's just the light in the garage, it is clearing nicely now should be ok by the weekend :?: .

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I never worry tooo much about clarity, but it does need to settle.
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I have had two 'barb wines bubbbling away for a few weeks, or more now. (Also made 3 beers in the same time-span.)
The same "Juice".- just that one is in white UPVC and one in glass.
Guess which one looks like a muddy Puddle?
I know I should, but who can be arsed to ferment in the dark?
I'll let them finish, which is close, and make a decision about the muddy one.
Bottle or distill.
The Strawberry wine, in a glass FV is also almost done, and still a dark pink/light red colour.
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