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    Been a while since I cut the Grass - 4 weeks or so, so had to pop round the Allotment, Drying greens and track leading up to Butt and Ben with the lawnmower... 1.5 hrs latter, thought a quick pint of home brew.

    Now I had been having trouble with this batch, but after Friday night and opening 6 bottles without issue, tonight took me by surprise.

    Popped off the crown cap and Gush. Beer on the counter, beer on the floor, beer everywhere else that it could get to. Ended up with a qtr pint brew, and a very big frothy head.

    Next pint was fine.

    The only thing I've done different was to use cooper carbonation drops. Usually just measure out 100g of sugar and mix before bottling.

    Just goes to show you the variation in these sugar drops.
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    Art not science innit...
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    1574 gin and tonics please Monica, large ones.

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    Never done bottle conditioning, always used a barrel(sadly a plastic one though).

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    what kits do you use 4shoes ? i just use the wilko ones atm but have used some more exspensive 2 tin kits in the past ,i dont use those drops as i cant get them in the bottles i use lol ,homebrew can be abit hit and miss sometimes ive had livley and flater bottles from the same batch in the past
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    I've been using barrels for session ale, and bottles for the Stronger Stuff/Special Brews

    It is a Woodfordes Admirals Reserve (On special offer at Wilco just now) that is a bit gushing. 5.5%, Very nice and drinkable at 32pints. It was originally sold as a 40 pint kit (4 - 4.5%) so could be another session ale going forward. It is a toucan.

    Started a Festival Spiced Winter Ale (6%) (Toucan) and a Brewfern Framboise (Rasps - one can) again 5.5. Will bottle the Raspberry, and plan to bottle 50% and keg the rest of Festival Ale .

    Session Ales have been single can Mild, IPA and Yorkshire Bitters. Sugar has been a bit hit and miss, so sometimes add 50% Malt Extract or Beer Enhancer.. By the time you do that and if Wilko have a special, I opt for Woodfordes Toucans.
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    i got a barrel too thought it would be great to pop in the shed over the summer and anythings better than washing up 30 bottles everytime i want to make a batch but i had loads of probs with it holding the pressure and it kept leaking at from the tap at the bottom rather disapointed with it over all ,i even tried using vasaline as a sealent but that didnt hold it either ,cheers
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    I have "Economy Barrels" with 2" Caps a. I swapped the Taps for "Black Water Butt Taps". The Type with a Connector for the Hose Pipe. These have a larger flange. Stops the washer squeezing / popping out. Use an emery board / file to smooth the top 2" opening seam, Run ringer round rim to check for bumps. Vaseline the washers, and screw on just finger tight.

    Fill barrel, then put a piece of masking tape on side of barrel to mark beer tide. If it is keeping pressure the tide will recede and there will be a visible gap between beer level and the tape in a couple of days. Tighten a bit more if not holding pressure. Only a fraction. If you tighten too much washer will warp.

    There are youtube videos on "how to stop leaks"
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    For pressurised ale our old syndicate used to use spheres as they were designed to have a Co2 cartridge attached, don't know if they are still around now though. My barrel has a pressure release "valve"(a rubber band), so pressure and leaks is not something I have a problem with.
    Woodfordes ales are very nice, when visiting family in Norfolk I popped into the brewery shop or got some from Roy's in Wroxham, not had any for a while now.
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