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Beer Machine

Postby P1ratepat » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:49 am

Has anybody had any success with these? I have had mine for almost 2 years, my first brew in it was a fail, so I shelved it and went back to my tried and proven bucket ferment. Just pulled the beer machine out 3 days ago cleaned it up, sterilized it, put a beer mix in as per instructions, day 3, fermentation still hasnt started, but is supposed to finish in 3-5 days? Also have had a couple of leaks, found early and re-sealed seems go be no more.

This is what im talking about
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Im thinking i will just flush this mix and I'll have a cool little 10l fermenter, or just a piece of abstract art decor. 8-}
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby Professor Green » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:03 am

Just looks like a fancy fermenter to me, I can't see why it would be any different to using a bucket.

Is the beer recipe you're using in this the same as the successful ones you did in your bucket?

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Re: Beer Machine

Postby P1ratepat » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:14 am

Completely different, I've only ever used the coopers in a tin stuff, this beer machine came with a few bags of everything ready to go just add room temp water, pitch yeast and she's good to go. Well according to instructions anyway. Its a powdered mix, my first attempt fermented for a couple of days then stopped, this one won't even take off. I think I'll scale down a tin to fit that little fermenter and see how that goes.
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby Professor Green » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:26 am

Maybe the yeast is a bit past it now which I why it won't start. You could grab a sachet of some other kind of beer yeast and drop som to see if it will kick off.

Ultimately though, if you're still keen to use that fermenter, giving Coopers a go is probably your best option since that's what's worked for you in the past.

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Re: Beer Machine

Postby Dig Brinker » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:08 pm

A mate of mine has a few of those Harvey Norman jobbies, they plug in to mains & seem to work well if you're after easy beer making. His haven't missed a beat.
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby Pugdog1 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:17 pm

Ditch it man for a keg setup. None of those ferment and self pressurise things work well
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby P1ratepat » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:36 am

Pugdog1 wrote:Ditch it man for a keg setup. None of those ferment and self pressurise things work well


Been thinking I should for a while now, just haven't committed to it.

Put some brewers yeast in it and it started bubbling 4 hours later. Finally something, the Co2 metre is sitting nice and pretty at 10 also. May not be a waste, but will be deco after this run for sure haha.
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby Zak Griffin » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:25 am

Brewers yeast?
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby bluess57 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:41 am

If your serious about good tasting beer,
get into all grain brewing.
Guy at work experimented with one of those.
Nothing but gas leaks, its a gimmick.
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Re: Beer Machine

Postby the Doctor » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:19 pm

I think if I were getting into brewing now I would just go the path of passive mashing in an esky...it is just so effective and cheap to set up... we now do all our whiskey this way....just a thought.
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