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My tap water is treated with chlorine.  You can smell it and taste it but it is a moderately low level.  I treat my brewing water with campden tablets.  Is there any impact from the campden tablets on my brewing water chemistry that I need to consider?  I use Bru'n water v5.5 to build my water profiles and I don't see any comment or info. on the effects of adding potassium metabisulfite to my water.

An interesting side note:  I have talked to several professional brewers in my town and they all say they do nothing to treat for the chlorine in the water.  No pre-boiling, no filtering, and no chemical treatment.  Which begs the question, "Is it really necessary to treat for chlorine at all?"

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:05:48 PM »
I was bottling from the keg with a beer gun for a competition. The style guideline says very high carbonation level with effervescent quality.  It was already carbed to a respectable level but I figured I’d lose a little in the bottling process so I cranked it up to 40 psi for 3 hours. I guess I should have checked it every hour or so.  If it was 5 gallons it might have been ok but .75 gallons at 34 degrees f with 40 lbs of pressure appears to carbonate rather quickly.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 13, 2018, 01:35:39 AM »
Thanks for the advice. Would you keep the regulator at 3 or 4 psi. Just to make sure you keep a little positive pressure after agitating and venting?

Kegging and Bottling / Racking on top of overcarbonated beer
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:29:13 PM »
I have .75 gallons of way way way overcarbonated Saison in a 2 1/2 gallon keg.  I was thinking of racking 1 1/2 gallons of beer from the same batch that just finished fermenting in a different carboy directly on top of it.  Do you think this will cause any unwanted reaction in the keg like turning everything to foam?  Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Yeast and Fermentation / Accidentally cooled to 60f after pitching
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:40:47 PM »
I pitched two white labs 090 pure pitch pouches into 5 gallons of 1.060 wort at 64f.  An hour and a half later the temp had dropped to 60f.  For whatever reason I set my temp controller to 50f.  I took the carboy out of my fermentation chamber into a room with 68f ambient temp.  It took 36 hours but now I have a healthy active fermentation.

Do you think the sudden cooling after pitching stressed the yeast or will lead to any off flavors?

Equipment and Software / Brunwater post boil volume question
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:35:09 PM »
One of the fields in the water adjustment sheet in Brun water v5.4 asks for total batch volume or post boil volume.   Just curious if I should enter the pre-chilling volume or volume after chilling.


Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water Sparge acidification for RO?
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:44:47 PM »
I figured it was safe not to acidify but do you think there is any benefit to flavor or mouth feel by making the recommended adjustments?

Equipment and Software / Bru'n Water Sparge acidification for RO?
« on: August 28, 2018, 03:58:18 PM »
For those of you sparging with RO water, I'm wondering if you have encountered this situation in the Bru'n Water spreadsheet, and what your process is.

The Bru'n Water default value for RO water starting alkalinity is 13.  When you hover over the dot a message box opens and says there is no need to acidify sparge water with a starting alkalinity of less than 25.

But the sparge water acidification sheet still recommends acid and mineral adjustments to sparge water with the default RO water profile.

Do you think you get good results sparging with straight RO water or do you follow the recommendations on the sparge water acidification sheet?

Thanks in advance for your replies.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Single Regulator to dual regulator system?
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:05:04 AM »
Google co2 tank male to hose barb. This fitting will allow you to connect your second primary regulator to the gas line out from the 2 way distributor.  I wouldn’t mess with the bottle pressure gauge.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Single Regulator to dual regulator system?
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:54:54 AM »
Don't remove the high pressure gauge on your second regulator.  Connect the gas line out from the primary regulator to a two way gas distributor.  One line out of the distributor will go directly to the gas quick connect fitting of one of your kegs.  This line will supply gas at the pressure of the primary regulator.  The second line out of the distributor should go to your second regulator.  You can set this regulator lower than the primary but not higher.  Connect the hose out of this regulator to your second keg gas quick connect.   

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 manifolds, old regulator and my liufe
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:38:47 AM »
Most regulators have weep holes.  When the bladders and seals inside the regulator wear it is common for gas to escape from the weep hole.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: no sparge method question
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:20:58 AM »
If I mash out at 170f for 20 minutes then why adjust the remaining water?  Why not just mix it in and drain?

General Homebrew Discussion / no sparge method question
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:33:38 AM »
My total water for a no sparge batch is 8.5 gallons.  Should I use my usual 1.5 qt per pound ratio (4.5 gallons) for a 60 minute mash, mash out, then add the remaining 4 gallons and lauter.  Or should I add all the water at the start of the mash?

If I add all the water at the start of the mash how does that effect my salt additions?


General Homebrew Discussion / Cryo Hops Not Dropping In Cold Crash
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:38:01 PM »
After cold crashing my APA, dry hopped with Mosaic Cryo hops, for three days at 33 f the fine hop particles aren't dropping.  They're stuck in suspension.  After 48 hours I added gelatin in hopes of making a dent but nothing so far.  Its only been 24 hrs with the gelatin but 72 hours cold crashing should show some results.

Has anyone had a similar experience?  What do you think is the best course of action?  I'd like to keg in two days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing water in HLT overnight
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:45:54 AM »
Im brewing in the morning and my brewing water is in two glass carboys that I would like to fill with PBW overnight.  Is there a downside to letting my water sit in the HLT uncovered overnight for 12 hours?.

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